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 LATEST TOPICS |  FORUMS » DRIVES » RE: HOW WOULD THESE DO IN A FILE SERVE...
Subject: RE: How would these do in a file server??
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Black Obsidian Mar 28, 2012 02:10 PM Reply | Bookmark
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They should do just fine. I have 4 of the Hitachi 5K3000 drives in RAID-Z in a FreeNAS box, and file transfers easily saturate the single gigabit connection. Another box that had 6 2TB WD Greens had the same performance, but they've all been replaced at least once (some twice) now via RMA, as they kept dying.

Anyway, they were a different model, and presumably the EZRX drives like this one are more reliable. Performance should be more than adequate, too.

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Pertaters Mar 28, 2012 02:12 PM Reply | Bookmark
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is there other drives i should look at??

how about the seagate 3tb drives??

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Nexitus Mar 28, 2012 02:47 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Hi there,

Just to let you know, I currently am running 8 of these 2TB Greens on my FreeNAS box at home. I run a hardware RAID card and have them all setup in a single RaidZ.

The performance burst starts around 200mb/s and in large transfers average and stays around 40-50mb/s.

The speeds aren't amazing, but for green drives, they aren't too shabby at all.

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Zer0 Mar 28, 2012 03:09 PM Reply | Bookmark
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In the past I read that the Green's constant parking of the heads caused problems with RAID, is that not an issue with the new versions?

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Nexitus Mar 28, 2012 03:20 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I haven't had any issues with any of my drives dropping out due to idling of the caviar greens. They do park every like 15-20mins or so, and take a fair bit of time to wake-up. However, no issues with the RAID itself.

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Entz Mar 28, 2012 03:34 PM Reply | Bookmark
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What controller are you using?

The 5K3000/7K3000 are good alternatives imo (all of my greens have died)

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Soundwave Mar 28, 2012 03:45 PM Reply | Bookmark
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the newer versions of the drives are not suppose to have that issue any more. You can also increase the park time to something stupid high so that it theoretically will never kick in.

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Zer0 Mar 28, 2012 03:47 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Nice, good to know. I was thinking of building some type of WHS box with these in RAID-5.

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Nexitus Mar 28, 2012 03:48 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I don't know if that question was directed at me, Entz, but the RAID card I'm using is a IBM ServeRAID M1015 flashed to function and appear like a LSI branded RAID card.

Got it refurbished for a less than $50. 2 ports and RAID features...can not be beat for that price!

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Soundwave Mar 28, 2012 03:51 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I think you will have may still have issues on the WHS side. You will likely have to jumper the drives and reformat them so they set a usable allocation size. Unless they fixed this in the latest version, but last a checked you could not. I would suggest freenas or opennas instead.

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Entz Mar 28, 2012 03:52 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Yeah it was, good to know

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Pertaters Mar 28, 2012 04:10 PM Reply | Bookmark
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i was thinking of using this raid card or the other its the same i just wont need the cables.

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Hyperlight Mar 28, 2012 04:17 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Keep inmind your performance will be pretty brutal. The 9240 isnt designed for speed, and your compounding this by using greens, also not good for speed.

If your array is used for archival storage and you don't need speed its an option.

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Pertaters Mar 28, 2012 04:21 PM Reply | Bookmark
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what else could you suggest??

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Hyperlight Mar 28, 2012 05:16 PM Reply | Bookmark
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If the HDDs are going to be directly connected to the RAID card. No SAS expander or some such between. The above combo gets my vote.

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Pertaters Mar 30, 2012 06:17 PM Reply | Bookmark
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he hyperlight how about this combo??

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Nexitus Mar 30, 2012 06:25 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Very good RAID card, I am using it for my desktop computer with 5x1TB hitachi drives. Nothing to complain about for the controller. Its fast and has fairly good features.

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Hyperlight Mar 30, 2012 06:33 PM Reply | Bookmark
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The problem with the 3WARE 9650SE is that it doesn't have 3TB drive support. So you are not going to be able to run >2TB.

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Pertaters Mar 30, 2012 06:35 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Shoot. Well in the stuff yoy suggested what raid level should i run 5 or 6?

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Hyperlight Mar 30, 2012 06:38 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Well, its a case of how much you value your data I suppose and how much space you need.

As a guideline I run mission critical large disk arrays in RAID6, and replaceable stuff in RAID5.

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Pertaters Mar 30, 2012 07:07 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Can i run raid 5 with a hot spare with this?

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Nexitus Mar 30, 2012 11:17 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Yes you can. Yes, you can.

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Pertaters Mar 31, 2012 10:11 AM Reply | Bookmark
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hopefully this is the last question(s)

how easy is it to setup the raid array?

will it work with windows home server 2011?

is there a better choice than windows home server to connect to the file server offsite?

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Nexitus Mar 31, 2012 11:09 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Its ridiculously easy really.

Just go into the 3ware controller bios during the boot-up sequence, the drives should all be detected. And the rest is really straight forward. Choose the RAID level you want, add the drives and voila.

To Windows and etc, once you install drivers, it should just appear as a single drive, then just format and its ready.

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Pertaters Mar 31, 2012 02:21 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Awesome thanks guys

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Mark_G Apr 16, 2012 09:15 PM Reply | Bookmark
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The drives I bought last year certainly do park every few seconds. I eventually had to write a program that writes to the disk every five seconds to stop them doing so.

Oddly, my older Green drives have only parked a few thousand times in 20,000 hours of operation.

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Danseaview Dec 17, 2012 11:57 AM Reply | Bookmark
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You could look into a Western Digital Red HDD cost a bit more but are a bit more suited to a server environment. I haven't had a chance to test them myself but have heard there built like bricks. For a server environment where you want reliability i would go red. Although buying 8 gives around a $265 difference so it's a money vs. reliability thing and depends on how reliable you need it. (Also I'm aware this was 6 month ago but just in case someone else is trying to figure it out and choose hope i helped)

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Meistras kokteilis Dec 17, 2012 01:18 PM Reply | Bookmark
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But i already bought 12 Seagate 2tb drives

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