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Mixing Different Drives In Raid


I have some problems with my wd15eads drive (smart reports errors) and i want to change it. I don't want to take wd and i want to move to seagate.systems used freenas and zfs

My questions:

1)is it okay to mix drives from different manufacturers?
2)is it okay to mix 5400rpm drives with 7200rpm drives?
3)what about mixing 32mb cache drives with 64mb cache drives?


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Mixing Ide / Sata Raid Drives

At the moment i have two 120 gig hard drives installed and working, and wish to expand my storage capacity. My motherboard has two raid connections as well as the above, can anybody advise if it is possible to run two raid drives in addition to my two ide drives.

Posted On: February 9th 2005 . View Related Posts . . View 1 Replies .

Do I Need Raid Enabled Drives For Software / Firmware Raid ?

First off, i am completely aware of the fact that you need a re drive with tler enabled for correct hardware raid. My question though is tler needed for software (windows and linux) or firmware (onboard or fakeraid) raid setups? Will these implementations drop a hdd if it spends too much time correcting a read/write error?

In a single drive scenario, the drive will attempt to read/write the same sector for up to 60 seconds and then remap it if possible. In a hardware raid scenario, the controller will tell the failed drive to remap to a new sector with data from a good redundant drive (raid 0 not apply here). My second question is if indeed you do need a tler enabled drive because the controller will drop the hdd, then what will handle read/write errors? Will these software/firmware raid controllers do the same error recovery?

If there is no error recovery, it would seem that software/firmware raid are just bad news. This is esp true for firmware raid which would seem to have all the downsides of the other controller types and none of the benefits. Third question deals with ssds. Are there only certain ones qualified for raid and 24x7 usage? I have not seen a distinction like i have with hdds. Also, are these going to work properly in a raid 5, as the controller will want to try and fix any errors like they are hdds, yet the ssds have very good internal error correction.


Posted On: 07-19-2009, 08:20 AM . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Raid 10 Or Raid 1 And Which Drives - For Storage

I am currently building my storage server and need some help with my decisions. I would like to get some 2tb drives in a raid array. I have narrowed down my choices to either a raid 10 array using 4 drives, or just a basic raid 1 with 2 drives plus a hot spare for a 3 drive array. Both would give me 4tb of space, and while raid 10 may not give me a big enough performance gain to warrent the price of a fouth drive it does give me the potential to loose 2 drives without data loss. This will be for streaming large (~5-10gb) files across an internal gigabit network. The questions i pose for the masses:

Which-

1) array do you think will work best for my situation, and causes me the least amount of issues? I am not worried about the price of a fourth drive, that is not the concern with raid 1, its ease of use. 2) drives do you guys recommend? I am talking sata desktop class drives, and i have heard nothing but bad things about wd green drives when put in an array. I think both of my raid choices are fairly basic, but i do want to want rebuild array on a regular basis due to drop outs or other crazyness. 3) raid controller card do you recommend? I do not need full harware raid, nor do i want the price tag of one. The server will not get beat up that bad to worry about the cpu tax from an economy level controller.


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I simply have nothing but trouble trying to get opensolaris working with my hardware so iam tempted to just go hardware raid5 with my lsi 8 port controller and my 1tb wd gp drives but is it very unsafe to do without raid drives rated for 24/7 usages? I would start with 7 drives but would add another in a short time so all my 8 ports are filled.

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Posted On: August 24th, 2003, 05:35 AM . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Using Desktop Drives For Raid

The thing about a home raid system is that you're not an enterprise with a multi-million dollar it budget, so the cost of the drives does matter. You just want a good, safe place to put all your pictures, personal files, and music. And if you're like me you think it'd be just grand if you could rip your 1000+ dvd/blu-ray collection and play them all from your home theater screen using something like this. The thing is, you can build a state of the art server/raid array combo for quite a reasonable price these days. The thing that really adds up are the drives. So you buy an enterprise class raid card capable of raid-6 (and later on raid-60) which means that two drives can catastrophically fail without suffering data loss. To me that's a great reason to use cheaper desktop class drives (remember that while we don't want to lose data, we're not a massive-budget enterprise either). Of course the biggest issue we run into using these type of drives in combination with an enterprise class raid card is the time limited error recovery issue (tler aka cctl). So we want to pick our drives carefully. Unfortunately there is nothing so nice as wdtler available for any drives but western digital; and they are actually so greedy (for you to buy their 2x priced enterprise drives, even for a simple home raid) that not only did they change firmware to prevent the utility from permanently changing the settings-they actually went out of spec and disabled s. M. A. R. T. Sct error recovery functionality as well. Which is enough reason for me to never consider patronizing them again. Which brought me to seagate vs hitachi vs samsung. Seagate has had some ridiculous horror stories recently after their acquisition of maxtor (is anyone really surprised?) And as much as i have been a huge fan in the past i just couldn't bring myself to trust that their latest generation of drives meet muster. Samsung on the other hand seems to have a very small market share, and generally little information available on the internet. Which leaves hitachi (aka ibm). But not really, because ibm drives basically sucked. But apparently after hitachi took over ibm's had drive division things really improved. You can find posts on the internet saying ". I will never buy from this manufacturer again because the drive i ordered was doa. " For pretty much every single drive/manufacturer out there. But for hitachi's recent lines the level of satisfaction seems to be quite high (compared especially to seagate). Soo. I have decided to give them a try. Besides, they have tons of detailed documentation and utilities available on their website (see below). Therefore, i have purchased 8 hitachi 7k2000 drives for use in a raid-6 array on an adaptec 5085 adapter. This should give me just shy of 11 usable terabytes (2tb really means 1. 8 and raid-6 being n-2 so 6*1. 8)-a great start. Without getting into system details (which for now doesn't matter much) i will add to the discussion with what i have learned. First and foremost, the adaptec card cannot even finish a build/verify on the raid-6 without one of the drives dropping (having done nothing but hook up the raid box to the adapter and attempt to create a raid). This was somewhat surprising, as i did check each drive's s. M. A. R. T. Attributes (using smartctl 5. 38, from gparted live) prior to insertion in the raid box and everything is fine. I knew i would have to address the cctl (aka tler) issue; i just didn't think it would affect me right out of the gate. So, currently this is what i'm doing and why:

1) use the hitachi feature tool to:

1a) disable the write cache on each drive. This is because the raid card should be the one managing writes; and when it performs a write, it should do so with the expectation that each drive has actually written the data right then and there. This prevents a situation where a power loss to the raid box could result in data loss that the adapter/os would never be aware of. Additionally, the erc write timeout value should not have to be set (this is a good thing, follow the links below on sct write timeout specification as to why). And yes, the adaptec card has an option for supposedly disabling write cache on all connected drives, but to be safe i'll force it on the drive side. 1b) enable power management with value 128 (0x80). As i am planning on using this array in a home environment, allowing the drives to reach idle states will save a substantial amount of electricity, furthermore the raid card *should* be capable of spin-down as well, adding further to potential savings. Dollar-wise the savings pale in comparison to the cost of the drives, but since there is no actual need (in my application) to have them constantly running at full power, it is still a good idea. 2) use the hitachi drive fitness test to perform an advanced test on each drive (this takes hours) to verify that each drive is truly in prime condition. The above mentioned tools are available at the following url:

http://www.Hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm

Now, after having done all of this there should (theoretically) be one final step, and that is to set a read erc timeout. I won't finish performing advanced tests on all drives until a few days hence, so for now i will just add what information i have learned, and later update with results. So the first tool i came across for changing sct error recovery values is the famed hdat2. It works, you can plug the drive directly into an sata port and access it, change the value for read timeout to 70 (7000 ms/7s) and it sticks through reboot. The problem is, i haven't figured out any way to use it while the drive is plugged into the raid box and that box is connected to the adaptec 5085. If anyone knows how please let me know and i'll try it just to let people know. In the meantime, since values changed via s. M. A. R. T. Sct do not keep after power has been removed (e.g. Unplug the drive from the direct connection to the computer and plug it back into the raid box) it is not a very useful tool for my purposes. After all, if you have the drives directly connected to your computer (not using a hardware raid card) you will likely want to use zfs, and then read/write timeout values will be a non-issue anyway. The other issue with the hdat2 approach is that inevitably your raid box will lose power at some point (even if you have a ups, which i do). Reasons include moving equipment, long term power failure, etc. Lets face it, we're building the raid because we want a highly reliable, low administration, home storage network. Having drives revert after power loss and having to remember to re-run an application doesn't meet that criteria. Having a service on server boot check (and if necessary set) those values however does. Which is why i have extremely high hopes for this. I haven't gotten around to porting his patch to smartmontools 5. 39 yet, but if it works as advertised i'll be able to have a simple script run on server boot that checks the read recovery timeout value, and if necessary sets it to 70. I will post back later with my experience once i have all my drives tested and have tried this. For information on error recovery control, and specifically the sct commands to set timeouts see:-

http://www.T13.org/documents/uploadeddocuments/docs2008/d1699r6a-ata8-acs.pdf

For specification information on the 7k2000 series drives (including additional specific information for sct commands) see:-

http://www.Hitachigst.com/tech/techlib. Nsf/techdocs/5f2dc3b35ea0311386257634000284ad/$file/7k2000_a7k2000_spec_r1. 0.pdf


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Do i need anything else for the data drives? Or can i use the connections on my motherboard? What do i look for when buying a raid controller? Can anyone recommend one?


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Oh, and will the 5i work well (or at all) with windows 7? I heard the drivers can be an issue. Bah, i'm so bitter, i really like my 780i. Any thoughts?


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Ive researched areca, adaptec, 3ware, highpoint, and promise raid cards. None of them say they "support" the seagate 1. 5tb drives. Adaptec 5805 gets close with the st31500341as. So: i need some help selecting a raid controller that will work with these drives and have good to great performance. Does anyone have any real world experence with these drives and running a hardware raid without any issues? Ive looked through the 10tb+ club and see the adaptec cards pop up a lot. Any helpful information would be great. Im trying to avoid spending $500 on a card and find out its not going to work.


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Posted On: 07-17-2009, 03:37 PM . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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Posted On: 02-06-2010, 05:37 PM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 11-05-2009, 03:21 PM . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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I've been working on a server build for awhile and decided that the poweredge t610 that i've configured on dell's site should fit the bill, and then some. I'll be loading windows 2003 standard onto it. I have some questions and would appreciate any input. Please see the attached image for details of this build. The server will be used primarily as a file server. My questions mainly involve hard drives. 1. I was thinking i'd just make a simple mirror for the system drive out of the two sata drives included in the attached build. Should i use the onboard raid for this, or should i use two ports on the perc. 2. I'd like to create a 1tb (or larger) raid 5 or 6 array using the perc to serve network folders. What sata drives should i purchase for this purpose?

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Posted On: 12-15-2009, 02:28 PM . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

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Background:-

I'm thinking of setting up a home storage server and was hoping i can at least get away with software raid 5 or 6 on green drives. I know everyone loves whs right now but i need an iscsi target server for two vmware esx servers. The files i determine are super important will be backed up to a encrypted internet backup/storage location. I will just have to hope the rest doesn't go up in a puff of smoke. I would also rather not have to figure out what data is missing and have to get it again after a hard drive failure, hence the use of raid. I know raid is just availability and not a backup but i can deal with losing the data, i just don't want to. General specs:-

Openfiler
Norco 4220
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Will eventually add another 10 disks and convert to raid 6 when needed.


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