You could create the RAID-6 with 7 drives but don't put any important data on it, then when you get the additional drives, create (NOT expand) a 9 drive RAID-6. That also has a side benefit of exercising your 7 drives to weed out any early failures.
Thanks for the info everybody. I have 10 of these on the way from Newegg ($130 currently); I'll report back with some numbers of my own in a couple days.
Nothing fancy. Usually I copy a large amount of data to the new unit that remains available elsewhere until I feel comfortable that everything is healthy. I run crc checks, filesystems checks and the weekly verify operations to hit the whole disk.rurifan what do you use for your burn-in test?
If anybody cares, here's a little more information. Manual verify of this 10x2TB RAID6 array took 12 hours. Since the unit is nowhere near capacity yet, I infer that a manual verify hits the entire unit (that's good, imo). So RRR must only kick in for critical situations like rebuilds and unclean shutdowns.This new unit is the first that I have enabled 3ware's Rapid RAID Recovery feature on though, so I'm not sure how reliable an indicator the verify operation will be now. It's supposed to be smart and only verify written data. Enabling this feature also makes me want to avoid large extraneous writes like a drive stress tool would induce. So a little bit of uncharted territory here.
Is it in today's Fry's newspaper ad (still ~3 more hours till my paper is delivered)?
anyobody knows how fry's detects "household" ? i'm trying to order more then 2 drives but it keeps removing them even if I use different accounts. Is it IP based?
Newegg has the retail box drives on sale, so they should survive shipping (as opposed to OEM drives).
My orders of 10+ OEM drives from newegg always come in the manufacturer's bulk boxes (styrofoam block with slots).no fry's where I live, and I refuse to buy hdds from newegg their packaging sux