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Local Storage Drive Striping Tables

Media Composer® Adrenaline™ Version 1.6 and later for the Windows® XP Operating System

Media Composer Adrenaline Version 1.6 and later for the Macintosh® Operating System

NewsCutter® Adrenaline FX Version 5.6 and later for the Windows XP Operating System

Important Information

Avid recommends that you read all the information in this document thoroughly before installing any software. These drive
striping tables are for specific Avid® Adrenaline releases. The supported Avid releases for the Windows® XP and
Macintosh® systems are identified in each section. As new SCSI and Fibre Channel drives are qualified, this document will
be updated.

Avid Adrenaline systems support several families of MediaDrive enclosures, MediaDock Shuttle™ packs, and
MEDIArray™ Fibre Channel drives. Table 1 lists the families, their specifications, and their available storage capacities.

For additional information on a specific MediaDrive or a specific MediaDock Shuttle pack, see the documentation that
shipped with the MediaDrive or the MediaDock™ chassis. Updated striping tables for all releases are posted on the Avid
Web site:

For the latest striping tables:


1. Type www.avid.com/onlinesupport/ in you browser.
2. Click Documentation.
3. Select Local Storage from the Avid Product menu.
4. Type “striping tables” in the Search for text box.
5. Click the Title Only radio button in the Search Type.
6. Click Search.

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n MediaDrive rS 320/LVD shipped in two versions (to run at 160 MB/s and to run at 320 MB/s). A firmware download is
available to update earlier MediaDrive rS 320/LVD drives so they can run at 320 MB/s. Firmware packages and the update
procedure are posted on the Avid Knowledge Base.

For firmware updates:


1. Type www.avid.com/onlinesupport/ in you browser.
2. Click Downloads and Updates.
3. Select Local Storage from the Avid Product menu.
4. Type “firmware” in the Search For text box.
5. Click the Title Only radio button in the Search Type.
6. Click Search.

The family name of your MediaDrive, MediaDock Shuttle pack, and MEDIArray II drives can be found on the front of the
drive. MediaDock Ultra320 drives have purple accents on the bezel and are labeled with the capacity. MEDIArray XL and
MEDIArray XLV Fibre drives are not labeled.

Table 1 MediaDrive, MediaDock Shuttle, and MEDIArray Drive Information

Family Name Type RPM Drive Type Available Storage Capacities

iS 160/LVD 160/LVD 10,000 MediaDock Shuttle 18 GB, 36 GB, 73 GB

iS 160/LVD Gen 5 160/LVD 10,000 MediaDock Shuttle 36 GB, 73 GB

iS 320/LVD Gen 6 320/LVD 10,000 MediaDock Shuttle 36 GB, 73 GB, 146 GB

iS 320/LVD Gen 7 320/LVD 10,000 MediaDock Shuttle 73 GB, 146 GB, 300 GB

rS 160/LVD 160/LVD 10,000 Fixed MediaDrive 18 GB, 36 GB, 73 GB

rS 160/LVD Gen 5 160/LVD 10,000 Fixed MediaDrive 36 GB, 73 GB

rS 320/LVD Gen 6 320/LVD 10,000 Fixed MediaDrive 36 GB, 73 GB, 146 GB

rS 320/LVD Gen 7 320/LVD 10,000 Fixed MediaDrive 73 GB, 146 GB, 300 GB

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Table 1 MediaDrive, MediaDock Shuttle, and MEDIArray Drive Information (Continued)

Family Name Type RPM Drive Type Available Storage Capacities

MediaDock Ultra320 Gen 6 320/LVD 10,000 MediaDock Ultra320 73 GB, 146 GB

MediaDock Ultra320 Gen 7 320/LVD 10,000 MediaDock Ultra320 73 GB, 146 GB, 300 GB

MEDIArray XL Drive Fibre Channel 10,000 Fibre Channel Pack 18 GB, 73 GB

MEDIArray XLV Drive Gen 5 Fibre Channel 10,000 Fibre Channel Pack 73 GB

MEDIArray II Drive Gen 5 Fibre Channel 10,000 Fibre Channel Pack 36 GB, 73 GB

MEDIArray II Drive Gen 6 Fibre Channel 10,000 Fibre Channel Pack 73 GB, 146 GB

MEDIArray II Drive Gen 7 Fibre Channel 10,000 Fibre Channel Pack 73 GB, 146 GB, 300 GB

The information listed in these tables was derived using Full Quality mode. Full Quality is a mode in the application that
displays your media using the highest quality for the resolution you are using. The following tables might display NS
indicating that the configuration is not supported.

With the exception of 8-way and 12-way stripe configurations, all table listings include:
• 2D effects
• Eight channels at 48 kHz audio
• Real-time downstream key (DSK) static titles

n There are slight differences in the test used to qualify an 8- and 12-way drive stripe. Details are listed with the 8- and 12-way
striping tables.

n The results in this document for the MediaDrive rS 320/LVD Gen 6 enabled for 320 MB/s and the MediaDock Ultra320 are
achieved on an Ultra320 bus only.

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Windows XP Drive Striping Tables
Table 2 through Table 10 list striping information pertaining to the Windows platform releases of:
• Media Composer Adrenaline Version 1.6 and later
• NewsCutter Adrenaline FX Version 5.6 and later

n The Windows drive striping tables are a guide for productions with typical edit densities. For projects involving high cut
densities (extensive cuts at fewer than 10-frame edits), Avid recommends increasing to the next striping increment.

Table 2 Windows Drive Striping — Number of Streams With a Single SCSI Drive Unstriped

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

iS 160/LVD 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 1 NS
rS 160/LVD

iS 160/LVD Gen 5 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 NS
rS 160/LVD Gen 5

iS 320/LVD 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 NS
Gen 6 and Gen 7

rS 320/LVD Gen 6 (enabled 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 NS


for 320 MB/s) and Gen 7

MediaDock Ultra320 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 NS
Gen 6 and Gen 7

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The information in Table 3 was qualified using two LVD SCSI channel.

Table 3 Windows Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 2-Way Striped SCSI Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

iS 160/LVD 2 2 2 3 2 3 3 2 2 2
rS 160/LVD

iS 160/LVD Gen 5 2 2 2 4 3 5 5 4 3 2
rS 160/LVD Gen 5

iS 320/LVD 2 2 2 4 3 5 5 4 3 2
Gen 6 and Gen 7

rS 320/LVD Gen 6 (enabled 3 3 3 5 4 5 5 5 4 3


for 320 MB/s) and Gen 7

MediaDock Ultra320 3 3 3 5 4 5 5 5 4 3
Gen 6 and Gen 7

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The information in Table 4 was qualified using two LVD SCSI channels.

Table 4 Windows Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 4-Way Striped SCSI Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

iS 160/LVD 2 2 2 3 2 5 5 5 5 3
rS 160/LVD

iS 160/LVD Gen 5 3 3 2 4 3 5 5 5 5 4
rS 160/LVD Gen 5

iS 320/LVD 3 3 2 4 3 5 5 5 5 4
Gen 6 and Gen 7

rS 320/LVD Gen 6 (enabled 4 4 3 5 4 5 5 5 5 5


for 320 MB/s) and Gen 7

MediaDock Ultra320 4 4 3 5 4 5 5 5 5 5
Gen 6 and Gen 7

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The information in Table 5 and Table 6 were qualified using two Ultra320 SCSI channels on the HP xw8000 and
HP xw8200 Workstations and the following:
• 2D 20% Picture-in-Picture effect
• No titles

Table 5 Windows Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 8-Way Striped SCSI Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

iS 320/LVD 6 6 5 7 6 7 7 7 7 8
Gen 6 and Gen 7

rS 320/LVD Gen 6 (enabled 6 6 5 7 6 7 7 7 7 8


for 320 MB/s) and Gen 7

MediaDock Ultra320 6 6 5 7 6 7 7 7 7 8
Gen 6 and Gen 7

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Table 6 Windows Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 12-Way Striped SCSI Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

iS 320/LVD 7 7 6 8 7 9 8 8 8 11
Gen 6 and Gen 7

rS 320/LVD Gen 6 (enabled 7 7 6 8 7 9 8 8 8 11


for 320 MB/s) and Gen 7

MediaDock Ultra320 7 7 6 8 7 9 8 8 8 11
Gen 6 and Gen 7

The information in Table 7 was qualified using Fibre Channel drives without a separate audio drive.

Table 7 Windows Fibre Channel Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 2-Way Striped Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

MEDIArray II Drives (all) 3 3 3 4 3 5 5 3 3 3

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The information in Table 8 was qualified using Fibre Channel drives without a separate audio drive.

Table 8 Windows Fibre Channel Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 4-Way Striped Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

MEDIArray XL and 3 3 3 3 2 5 5 5 5 3
MEDIArray XLV Drives

MEDIArray II Drives 5 5 5 4 3 5 5 5 5 4

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The information in Table 9 was qualified using Fibre Channel drives striped for video and separate SCSI (LVD)
MediaDrives for audio.

Table 9 Windows Fibre Channel Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 6-Way or 10-Way Striped Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

MPEG
15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

MEDIArray XL and 5 5 5 4 3 5 5 5 5 4
MEDIArray XLV

MEDIArray II Drives 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5

The information in Table 10 was qualified using FireWire drives.

Table 10 Windows IEEE 1394 Drive Striping — Number of Streams With a Single FireWire Drive Unstriped

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

MPEG
15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

MediaDrive rS FireWire (all) 2 1 1 4 3 3 3 3 2 N/S

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Macintosh Drive Striping Tables
Table 11 through Table 18 list drive striping information pertaining to the Macintosh platform releases of Media Composer
Adrenaline Version 1.6 and later.

Table 11 Macintosh Drive Striping — Number of Streams With a Single SCSI Drive Unstriped

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

iS 160/LVD 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 NS
rS 160/LVD

iS 160/LVD Gen 5 2 2 1 3 3 2 2 2 2 NS
rS 160/LVD Gen 5

iS 320/LVD 2 2 1 3 3 3 2 2 2 NS
Gen 6 and Gen 7

rS 320/LVD Gen 6 (enabled 3 3 2 4 4 4 3 3 3 NS


for 320 MB/s) and Gen 7

MediaDock Ultra320 3 3 2 4 4 4 3 3 3 NS
Gen 6 and Gen 7

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The information in Table 12 was qualified using striping across two SCSI channels.

Table 12 Macintosh Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 2-Way Striped SCSI Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

iS 160/LVD 2 1 1 1 2 3 2 2 2 2
rS 160/LVD

iS 160/LVD Gen 5 2 1 1 2 3 4 3 2 2 2
rS 160/LVD Gen 5

iS 320/LVD 2 1 1 2 3 4 3 2 2 2
Gen 6 and Gen 7

rS 320/LVD Gen 6 (enabled 3 2 2 3 4 5 4 3 3 3


for 320 MB/s) and Gen 7

MediaDock Ultra320 3 2 2 3 4 5 4 3 3 3
Gen 6 and Gen 7

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The information in Table 13 was qualified using striping across two SCSI channels.

Table 13 Macintosh Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 4-Way Striped SCSI Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

MPEG
15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

iS 160/LVD 2 2 2 3 2 4 3 2 2 3
rS 160/LVD

iS 160/LVD Gen 5 3 2 2 5 4 5 4 3 3 4
rS 160/LVD Gen 5

iS 320/LVD 3 2 2 5 4 5 4 3 3 4
Gen 6 and Gen 7

rS 320/LVD Gen 6 (enabled 4 3 3 6 5 6 5 4 4 5


for 320 MB/s) and Gen 7

MediaDock Ultra320 4 3 3 6 5 6 5 4 4 5
Gen 6 and Gen 7

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The information in Table 14 and Table 15 were qualified using two UL4D Ultra320 SCSI channels on the Macintosh G5.
For four or more stream performance, the following was qualified:
• 2D 20% Picture-in-Picture effect
• No titles

Table 14 Macintosh Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 8-Way Striped SCSI Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

iS 320/LVD 4 3 3 4 4 5 4 4 4 6
Gen 6 and Gen 7

rS 320/LVD Gen 6 (enabled 5 4 4 5 5 6 5 5 5 7


for 320 MB/s) and Gen 7

MediaDock Ultra320 5 4 4 5 5 6 5 5 5 7
Gen 6 and Gen 7

Table 15 Macintosh Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 12-Way Striped SCSI Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

iS 320/LVD 4 3 3 4 4 5 4 4 4 6
Gen 6 and Gen 7

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Table 15 Macintosh Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 12-Way Striped SCSI Drives (Continued)

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

rS 320/LVD Gen 6 (enabled 6 5 5 6 6 7 6 6 6 8


for 320 MB/s) and Gen 7

MediaDock Ultra320 6 5 5 6 6 7 6 6 6 8
Gen 6 and Gen 7

The information in Table 16 was qualified using a 2-way or 4-way stripe of MEDIArray II drives.

Table 16 Macintosh Fibre Channel Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 2-Way or 4-Way Striped Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

MEDIArray II Drives (all) 1 1 1 2 3 4 3 2 2 2

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The information in Table 17 was qualified using a 6-way or 10-way stripe of MEDIArray II drives.

Table 17 Macintosh Fibre Channel Drive Striping — Number of Streams With 6-Way or 10-Way Striped Drives

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 MPEG 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 1:1

MEDIArray II Drives (all) 2 1 1 2 3 4 3 2 2 2

The information in Table 18 was qualified using FireWire drives.

Table 18 Macintosh IEEE 1394 Drive Striping — Number of Streams With a Single FireWire Drive Unstriped

Uncompressed
Two-Field
Single-Field Resolution Two-Field Resolution Resolution
Drive Family NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL

MPEG 1:1
15:1s 4:1s 2:1s DV 25 50 20:1 10:1 3:1 2:1 8-bit

MediaDrive rS FireWire (all) 2 1 1 4 3 3 3 3 2 N/S

Copyright © 2005 Avid Technology, Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Adrenaline, Avid, MEDIArray, Media Composer, MediaDock, and MediaDock Shuttle and NewsCutter
are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. HP is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Company.
Macintosh is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Windows is a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the
United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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