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    Move Raid6 drives from one model Areca to another possible? Plug n chug or import?

    I have migrated hard drives and kept existing RAID sets from ARC-1220 to ARC-1880i before successfully. But I only tried that after Areca support confirmed that would work for those two controllers. You should to contact Areca support (support@areca.com.tw) for answers regarding your RAID...
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    Pooling drives question.

    I recommend you try StableBit DrivePool which I have been using for years without problems. When using DrivePool, you can copy files directly to the pooled drive or to individual member drives. DrivePool creates a special directory with GUID name on each member drive for keeping track of...
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    Core i7-860 with P55 chipset 32GB RAM support

    If need to buy or build servers for production usage, I would choose Xeon based systems. But these are my personal test/development servers so I'm not going to spend thousands of dollars to build Xeon based systems. The only reason I suddenly need more RAM is because I need to setup a test...
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    Core i7-860 with P55 chipset 32GB RAM support

    It looks like it's inconclusive whether 32GB DDR3 will work with Core I7-860. Since Intel's official site says 16GB is the max memory supported, I am inclined to believe Intel. I think I will just have to purchase or build a system using 4th gen Core i7 which Intel says supports up to 32GB...
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    Core i7-860 with P55 chipset 32GB RAM support

    Those are the Intel official web pages I mentioned and I already know those pages said 860 and P55 supports up to 16GB. What I would like to know if anyone has been able to 32GB DDR3 RAM in their Core i7-860 system. Thanks.
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    Core i7-860 with P55 chipset 32GB RAM support

    I need to upgrade DDR3 RAM to 32GB on a test server using Core i7-860 on a P55 chipset motherboard (Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3P). The official maximum memory size support listed on Intel and Gigabyte web site for Core i7-860 and P55 motherboard is 16GB. But I have heard rumors that Core i7-860 and...
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    Areca 1680i: 1 drive keeps going AWOL

    Okay.. It's good to know that you are going to replace that drive soon. :) From my experience, when a hard drive starts to make unusual clicking sound it probably will not last another six months of daily usage. If it's used in a 24/7 server, it will most likely fail within a couple months.
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    Areca 1680i: 1 drive keeps going AWOL

    Are you still using that hard drive which you reported would drop out of an array on cold boot? And now it's making clicking noises? I thought you would have that drive replaced by now..
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    This is why your HDD shows up DOA

    Ship-to-store, eh? How do you know the UPS driver did not play soccer with your package while on lunch break before he arrived at your local store to gently drop off your package? Or how do you know if your local TigerDirect staff did not play dodge ball the merchandise you want in the warehouse?
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    Best Storage Solution?

    For very large media collection (e.x. Blu-Ray/DVD backups), traditional RAID may no longer be a good choice because when you want to expand your storage space you don't want to go through the process of backing up files, replacing all drives, create new RAID set and restoring files. If you...
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    Best Storage Solution?

    Basically StableBit DrivePool allows you to add bunch of NTFS formatted hard drives into one or more larger pool which can be mapped to available drive letters. The DrivePool dashboard program will show a list of NTFS formatted hard drives on your system and you can select specific hard drives...
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    Areca 1680i: 1 drive keeps going AWOL

    I know for certain you can swap drives around in the same SAS expander chasis because i have done that before and the RAID controller recognized the existing RAID set without any problem. (I have emailed Areca support few years ago about this and they said Areca controllers store RAID...
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    Areca 1680i: 1 drive keeps going AWOL

    Does the same drive go missing mostly when you cold boot your server or does it also occur when you warm boot If it happens mostly when you cold boot your server, most likely that drive's motor has trouble spinning up its disks quickly or too slow to respond to the host system when powering up...
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    Unraid or SnapRaid not sure which one to go with

    If you need real-time RAID which always updates parity data when data are changed, then you are better off using your existing Areca or other hardware RAID controllers. And if you already have Areca, don't even bother with unRaid. If the data you want to protect consists of mostly media files...
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    raid controller

    Personally I would only use Hitachi, Toshiba and Seagate hard drives with hardware RAID controllers. (I have had terrible experience with several WD20EARS green drives before). I wouldn't even bother with WD's RAID edition drives since they are way to expensive. If you are planning to use...
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