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  • Fri, Mar 16 2018 11:35 PM

    • dwainem
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    Can Old Unity Hard Drives Be Used As Standard Drives?

    I've seen (old) questions in this forum about replacing Unity hard drives with COTS drives, and see the warnings that the Unity drives have Avid firmware on them, so you can't use standard drives. 

    I have an opportunity to aquire some old Unity chassis with 1TB drives in them. Would those drives work as standard hard drives in a normal computer? I'm guessing a normal drive controller probably won't care about the Avid fw, but wondering if anyone has done this and knows for sure? 

    Thanks! 

  • Wed, Mar 21 2018 3:37 PM In reply to

    • luca.mg
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    Re: Can Old Unity Hard Drives Be Used As Standard Drives?

    Hi dwainem and welcome to the forums. From Avid day one, back at the time when a 3 GB (!) Avid external drive was priced around euro 4.500,00 (!!!), the Avid drives have misterious firmware. Avid claimed that their turnkey systems would only work with Avid drives, and support was denied for editing systems equipped with non Avid drives! Nonetheless Media Composer worked flawlessly with third party HDs, and Avid drives pulled off their beautiful Avid case used to happily work as ordinary hard drives when recycled. While such drives were detected as Avid brand, they were in fact Micropolis (and later on Seagate) according to the manufacturer sticker, surely the firmware was Avid, but other than having the HD detected and reported as an Avid drive, it is unclear what the firmware magic was. Can't tell if the same applies to Unity drives, but, if I may, would You trust an old hard disk that's been working hard long hours for quite some time to store Your precious data? Surprise

    Regards, Luca

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  • Wed, Mar 21 2018 5:48 PM In reply to

    • dwainem
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    Re: Can Old Unity Hard Drives Be Used As Standard Drives?

    Hi Luca,

     

    Thanks for your welcome and response. 

    Yes, I realize they are old drives, but I'm not planning to use them for mission criitcal stuff. Just work drives to test various sw on. If I can get a bunch cheap, it's better than paying $50 for new ones. 

    These are in an auction, so I'll throw a bid in and see what happens. If I get them, I'll let you know how they work. 

    Regards,

    Dwaine

     

  • Wed, Mar 21 2018 7:19 PM In reply to

    Re: Can Old Unity Hard Drives Be Used As Standard Drives?

    Avid uses standard enterprise drives for all their storage servers. The firmware is just to maintain control. If you want to use the hard drive for a desktop computer it is fine.

    For mission critical stuff, I highly suggest you dont as it is probably very old and worn.

     

     

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  • Wed, Mar 21 2018 9:54 PM In reply to

    • dwainem
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    Re: Can Old Unity Hard Drives Be Used As Standard Drives?

    Thanks Dom!

    Dwaine

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