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Good in RAID array, after initial fall-out 08/12/2009
I bought 16 of these to use in a RAID 6 on an Areca 1680ix controller. The drives seem to get along fine with the controller, including being able to read the SMART attributes. After some initial problems with 2 of the drives, I now have a smoothly functioning 16 drive RAID 6 array with 26TB of capacity (it is RAID 6 with hot spare).
One of 16 failed immediately -- could not even read the SMART attributes, although it did spin up. Another failed after initialization (during verify) with a lot of read errors and the SMART reallocation count dropping rapidly to near threshold.
The drives were shipped to me in a 20-pack foam tray (presumably the one WD used to ship the drives to newegg) but that tray was poorly wrapped in bubble wrap, leaving the edges and corners of some of the HDDs unprotected. Since the foam tray was placed in another box (with other items I ordered) and the edges of the drives were almost directly against the inside of the box, I suspect that the two drives were damaged during shipping to me. As others have stated here many times, it is amazing that newegg's packers do not know to completely cover every HDD with bubble wrap, including the corners and edges. All it takes is one sharp impact to a HDD corner during shipping to destroy the HDD.
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