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    ARECA Owner's Thread (SAS/SATA RAID Cards)

    You are correct, just because they are not on the hardware compatibility list does not mean it will not work. That being said, it doesn't mean it will work without issue either. Since you are looking at the SAS model you are far less likely to have issues (compared to some of the large...
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    HP SAS Expander Owner's Thread

    As long as you are using spinners, it is more than enough. If you are using SSDs then it would be a good idea to upgrade. Just remember if you move to a 12G SAS expander you also need to upgrade your HBA and devices to 12G to get end-to-end throughput Increasesto 12G. If you just hang a 12G...
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    Is an SSD RAID 0 worth it?

    In 99.9% of use cases, you will see zero real-world benefit, and have the added point of failure.
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    need help badly with raid5 recovery

    ... And another sad realization that RAID is not a backup!
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    ARECA Owner's Thread (SAS/SATA RAID Cards)

    And to be sure, this requires a 6P6C RJ11 connector? Yes, it is.
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    ARECA Owner's Thread (SAS/SATA RAID Cards)

    You’re really going to need the serial cable (you should be able to build one with an RJ11 and a DB9, RJ11 Pin 1 is RTS, 2 is RX, 3 is TX and 4,5,6 are Ground (there are pinout pics in the manual) so you can use the CLI. First, do you have the enclosure powered up with either 2 molex’s to the...
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    RAID failure during OCE

    Before you do anything, you DO have a complete pre-expansion backup you can go back to, correct? In any case, before you do anything you should make image backups of all your existing array members, and only make your repair attempts on the copies until you have a working repair path...
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    ARECA Owner's Thread (SAS/SATA RAID Cards)

    This is not completely accurate. For regular use, yes. If you ever need to recreate the drive with the SIGNAT or LeVeL2ReScUe commands, the drives need to be in the order that the array was originally created in for it to have the best chance. This has been shown time and time again in attempts...
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    What is your favorite backup software?

    I used Retrosepct for years on macs on the network. it was one of the first network-wide backup apps which supported tape libraries. It was great while the original Dantz group was developing it. Unfortunately, it got bounced around from company to company after that and version 8 was an...
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    What is your favorite backup software?

    Looks at the calendar... Is it April 1? Arcserve! In all seriousness.... Depending on the particular need.... Rsync, Bacula or Amanda.
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    Will a purchase of this external SSD work with my laptop?

    You didn’t link a specific drive, but if your laptop has a USB3 port then that drive/enclosure should work. Without more specific information on the device I can’t give a guarantee.
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    Seagate MACH.2 Multi Actuator [H]DD Interest?

    While I am sure BB will eventually (if they aren't currently under NDA) test them, until the current 9 platter maximum increases these will always cost more because the platters have to be broken up into even numbers (8 in mach.2 vs 9 in standard enterprise drives). The overarching concern for a...
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    Help please! HDD dead on day 1?

    Make sure that you didn't disable whatever port(s) the HDD is connected to. Make sure you are connected to a CPU based (not add-on) SATA port, and not one that is disabled when you activate the m.2 slot.
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    Error after install samsung 970 evo plus

    What motherboard are you using, where is the error coming up (BIOS, UEFI, boot disk etc?) Do you have the m.2 slot activated in the BIOS/UEFI (If you go into the BIOS/UEFI setup on your board do you see the device there?
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    Drobo sized 4/5 bay DAS that doesn’t suck?

    Synology 1019+ Go NAS instead of DAS. Efficient, fast and full featured for what it is.
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    minor issue with WD 3.5" Easystore drive

    Right, as I said as long as the adapter supplies at least what the device needs you are ok. Plug the WD in for the WD and also leave the 3A adapter for the other device(s).
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    minor issue with WD 3.5" Easystore drive

    If you are talking about the center pin in the wall-wart power supply, there are 100 different barrel lengths and center pin widths that are used in all sorts of devices. There are also positive and negative tips, so be careful that they match. As long as the adapter you are using is the same...
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    screw types for disk drives?

    For 3.5 drives it is generally a 6-32 x 1/4 or 6-32 UNC, and for 2.5 it is generally an M3 x 4mm.
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    ARECA Owner's Thread (SAS/SATA RAID Cards)

    The areca sheet says it supports a 240-pin DIMM socket for 2GB(default) - up to 4GB or 8GB DDR3-1866, 1RX8, or - up to 4GB or 8GB DDR3-1600, 2RX8, Unbuffered/ Registered ECC module ‘That being said, every one I have (2 and 4GB) only have 1866. It should work with a 1600 but you need to find out...
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    ARECA Owner's Thread (SAS/SATA RAID Cards)

    The DDR3 on my 1883's are PC3-14900 (1866). Your stick is not fast enough.
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    HP SAS 12GB Expander

    The HP SAS3 expander will work properly with both the Areca 1883 and 1884, I have both running successfully with SAS drives (haven't tried SATA yet though I would expect it to work).
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    File/Media Server Upgrade thoughts

    If you are thinking Synology get yourself a DS1019+ and buy and shuck 5 WD Elements 10tb drives (you can generally find them for $160 each) and run BTRFS and double parity. This will yield you 30TB with double parity (or 40TB if you choose single parity). Don't bother with the SSD's for caching...
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    What 18 GB looked like about 20 years ago

    God I feel old now. My first personal hard drive was a 5MB FH Seagate ST506 hooked to a hacked Heath S-100 Controller/Data Separator combo in my IMSAI 8080.
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    1tb 970 evo plus nvme ssd a bit slower than advertised.

    Check to make sure your NVME port isn't sharing bandwidth with any other devices. If your port coming off the CPU PCIe lanes or off a switch or PCH? Are you running the latest BIOS? Have you checked this stick in another machine to verify? There have been a number of people complaining about...
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    So about this 3.3 Volt deal with Hard drives

    Here is the official WDC PDF on the PWDIS "feature". Most new higher end power supplies ship with SATA cables that omit the 3.3v pin, but if you do decide to do the tape trick order some good Kapton tape as it is more likely to stay in place longer term
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    ARECA Owner's Thread (SAS/SATA RAID Cards)

    On disks that fully implement the ATA-8 standard, the smartctl utility can be used to control the ERC behavior of many drives by setting the SCT Error Recovery Control (scterc) parameter: Reading current settings: smartctl -l scterc /dev/sda SCT Error Recovery Control: Read...
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    help with extending partition

    Ok, first thing to do, is make a complete backup of all important data. Second, make a complete backup of all important data :) You need to use the diskpart.exe utility. Which version of Windows are you running? Here are the steps for diskpart (XP or later): Run a Command Prompt (run cmd.exe)...
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    ARECA Owner's Thread (SAS/SATA RAID Cards)

    My suggestion would be to by a 12TB SAS drive like the HUH721212AL5200, which is on the HCL for the 1882.
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    Large Repositories on Windows.

    Well, since you state you have already purchased hardware and thus "budget is irrelevant" than please provide a list of what hardware you have to work with, and we'll give you the best suggestion based upon what you have. How many clients will be hitting the box concurrently? Are they image or...
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    Large Repositories on Windows.

    What is the workload for the repository in question? How large an array or installation are you thinking about? What increase in storage do you see adding in the next 60 months to meet needs? What is your current infrastructure? How many clients do you expect to be hitting the box(es)? What are...
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    need help: M.2 screw is too short when I added the SSD Heatsink on

    The correct screw size is 2.0 x 3mm (CM2x3-3.3)
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    ARECA Owner's Thread (SAS/SATA RAID Cards)

    What brand and model are the drive(s) in the array? How long has the array been in use, and is this the first time it has happened? What were the SMART readings from the drive that dropped out of the array? What firmware version if your card currently flashed to? If this is the first time and...
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    Raid-0 for SATA ssds: worth it?

    You’ll double your chance of data loss for no appreciable real world benefit in 99% of use cases.
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    Is this HDD dead?

    Have you tried another cable?
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    Are m2 sata and m2 nvme enclosures supposed to be cross compatible?

    There are no models that are cross compatible, but there are USB models that support NVMe PCie drives such as this Sabrent.
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    HP SAS Expander Owner's Thread

    Zara- Just update your firmware to at least 2.10 (2.10C is the latest) and your SATA will negotiate at 3.0.
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    Home plex server/HTPC suggestions , mine diedish

    The new one has no “TV” interface. You can’t use a remote control, only works with a mouse now. They took out the key mapping ability that everyone used for programmable remotes, among other “10 Foot Interface” features. They are in bed with the media box companies like roku and tv manufacturers...
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    Home plex server/HTPC suggestions , mine diedish

    Just FYI, PLEX is ending HTPC front-end support January 2020. Many people, myself included are plenty pissed. Many things like proper Atmos support, full harmony support and no-transcode directplay for EVERY codec are gone when they force you to a stick or Roku. The newe PMP will of course work...
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    Windows 10 NVME installation issue

    Download a fresh win10 installer from a different source if possible and if it persists RMA the board.
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    Windows 10 NVME installation issue

    I have seen some problems where Windows balks on some motherboards where two m.2 drives are installed and have install issues. I know you can see the drives one at a time or together in the UEFI, but have you tried installing Windows with just one installed (M2_1?) Try removing one of the...