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Pros: Well reviewed drive, still comes back online after a while....
Cons: Will not remain a reliable member of SHR (synology hybrid raid) array
goes offline, array registers as degraded, hours to days later the drive shows back up within the storage manager as not initialized
Other Thoughts: I have an old Synology DS410j 4-bay NAS. Its old, slow and still awesome if you ask me - but demands have changed so DVR's in the house are based on Windows 7 Media Center boxes and local media is served from a WS2012r2/Plex box with the server backing up to the Synology. The WS2012r2 also supports a couple VM's and a heavily used SOHO environment.
The synology has had 4x samsung spinpoints (2TB) for ages. Last year one of the spinpoints finally STB. For some reason I strayed from the REDs I have been using for the last few years and picked up the HGST (WD) drive. I have noted that from day 1 the drive has always 9-10 degrees warmer than the spinpoints. I attributed this to the 7200 rpm v/s the 5400 rpm of the spinpoints, but at idle I am not so sure there should be such a big diff... anyway, whatever the cause, i am now going to pick up a RED and pull this HGST because i am afraid that the regular rebuilding that this drive causes will kill my old and trusty spinpoints.
Now the question is what to do with this HGST - do i trust it enough to try it elsewhere? Can I RMA a drive that still functions sometimes? This is the 'nicest' drive i have purchased - is there a lesson i should learn from this? FYI, I'm not jaded, I curious... I have 4 arrays, a hardware based 10 array, a Storage Spaces raid 10 analog, the synology SHR raid 6 analog and a jbod BIG config acting as the backup drive while i sort out the disks in my synology. Sometimes i feel silly having the amount of redundancy I have, then i find myself setting up the jbod BIG disk so i can duplicate/preserve the last copy i have of family pictures and business files....
Any thoughts?! ....on what to do with disk?? .....or how to obtain digital peace of mind?!
Pros: It works. Plugs into LSI HBA 9300-4i4e internally and provides interface with 4 SATA drives and a connector for management LEDs.
Apparently well built cable.
Cons: I do have fear for the whips going from the cable bundle to the individual drives kinking. They are rather rigid, have 'bend memory', and are unsheathed at this point. I would have preferred if the sheathing had gone from a single sheathe where bundled to multiple sheaths for the individual SATA runs rather than just sheathing the bundled area. See the images for the product to better appreciate what I am getting at. Dont let the individual runs kink or chaffe!
Other Thoughts: Good product. Needs a bit more to be great. I would buy again. Electrical tape sheathing leaves me sleeping easier....READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: LSI product, LSI reputation, LSI tech support.
Next gen speed - 12Gb/s with 8x PCIe 3.0 interface. Extreme SSD testing shows crazy fast numbers which ultimately bottleneck at the backplanes - good luck hitting this ceiling in real world applications!
Support for Server 2012.
Great expandability potential with one internal and one external mini-SAS HD connector. Support for over 1000 Sata/SAS devices! Really? Yes, though I am thinking i will be hard pressed to require more than 24!
Cons: Online Support is very lacking.... I have an oceanographic/ocean engineering background and work with interesting instrumentation with one-off firmwares and the like. Jack of all, master of none, reliant on my friend google.... Though LSI had the most important stuff available to me, it assumed one layer of knowledge greater than I have. If LSI hosted a community forum, had slightly more detailed procedures starting one step before the current procedures and had a troubleshooting flow chart or the like, I would have had my HBA running in no time flat. But they didn't, so i battled with simple issues for a couple days, then it was Monday, i received a reply from Tech Support and was all squared away.... Kudos to their tech's though - great help.
The other comment (maybe not a con yet, but worth mentioning) is that I have not been able to locate a 12Gb/s port expander thus far. I have requested info from LSI but no word back. I will be OK for a little while, but will be disappointed if I have to purchase a 6Gb/s expander to accompany my 12Gb/s HBA....
Other Thoughts: Though my frustration with the lacking online support base have subsided, they were valid frustrations. It wouldn't take much for LSI to improve upon this.
BUT, I remain very satisfied with my 92xx and 9300-4i4e HBA's. Also, I am very impressed with LSI's personal tech support. I would clearly recommend this HBA to anyone looking to buy one.
FYI, my headaches centered around a backplane from an older 2.5" hotswap chassis. Do be aware that this is bleeding edge tech for HBA's and as such there might be some compatibility issues with older hardware, especially if it is older consumer grade hardware you are hoping to pair with enterprise level LSI gear.
FYI, my 2.5" chassis which will not work with this HBA is a Thermaltake unit. I have been very happy with the chassis and do not mention this to take away from Thermaltake, but rather to help anyone who may be going down the road I just made it off of....
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