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  2. Background I'm building a NAS (FreeNAS, Xeon E5640, ~4GB ECC) to replace my Synology 1212 (single 2GB drive) with a more redundant and fast system. Primary usage will be ensuring integrity of data that's rarely used but needs to be immediately accessible (will have offsite backups as well as FreeNAS/ZFS snapshots), with an occasional need to transcode for Plex. The system will have SSD-based SLOG/ZIL and L2ARC, and I will upgrade those in size so they should encapsulate commonly-used files. Thus for the spinning portion of the system it is more important that it be reliable than that it be an extra 10% faster. My plan is for either RAID-Z1 or RAID-Z2, with 2TB disks. That more than doubles my current storage needs (which have been stable for several years), so I can put the extra money into redundancy rather than capacity I won't use. The Question Given these goals (reliability > performance but with terrible performance being bad), what drives should I get? Lightly used vs new Heterogeneous vs identical models but with different batches vs identical models purchased from the same place Aiming to keep it to $50/drive shipped or less, preferably more like $40. Any recommendations for specific model numbers or brands or lines would be helpful as well. My habit in the past has been to buy whatever's cheapest from a major manufacturer, and that's served me just fine but trying to be a little more thoughtful this time. Thanks!
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  4. Data and applications are everywhere, meaning that they are no longer in one server or array, but spread out in multiple geographically different places (from edge to core) as well in several clouds both private and public. And this isn’t across a several organizations, but a single organization may see this type of data and application distribution. This could present a few issues, so Nutanix is offering a solution to the issues through a single OS that brings a unifying approach across the full compute, storage and network stack. This brings the best of both worlds, simplifying IT would giving applications the flexibility to move to different clouds and remaining open to any hardware, hypervisor, or cloud. Nutanix Announces New Cloud Offerings
  5. Data is growing fast mainly in the form of unstructured data (this data is being generated by things such as big data, mobile, and IoT). Organizations need a way to store both structured and unstructured data while delivering performance that customers expect. To top it all off, this needs to be done without a cost or footprint hike. IntelliFlash HD aims to be the ideal storage platform to address the above issues. IntelliFlash is stated to accelerate business applications, eliminate storage silos, and pursue data center consolidation. The latest version of Tegile’s operating system, IntelliFlash OS 3.7, IntelliFlash HD is able to deliver “unparalleled price:performance at massive scale.” Tegile Releases Its Latest IntelliFlash HD
  6. Hey Guys, I hope someone can help me. I have an Asus RT-N66U router in our office. It works perfectly well for almost everything. I have connected 2 USB 3.0 hard disks, one a WD 1 TB and other a Seagate 2 TB. Both of them are filled with a lot of data including videos, documents, images and a lot more important files. We use the routers' in built samba and ftp features to access and share the data over WiFi. For past few weeks, one of the router has started showing some issues occasionally. I am getting a feeling that it's going to die sooner or later. I want to set up a automatic backup. We are utilizing an off site backup service at our office and I want this to be added to the service. Although we are able to access the HDDs through our PCs, for some reason, we aren't able to backup the data on it into off site. We contacted the service provider, but they said it's some sort of configuration trouble from our side. Can someone advise me on how to solve it? What can be the reason for this? Any advanced settings on the router is causing the issue? If then what can be it and how can I change it? Thanks!
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  8. #LPT if you find yourself needing to give ear drops to a ferret, wait til they're asleep and sneak up on them #alsowinning

  9. RT @thomasfuchs: @garybernhardt When I moved to the US I wondered why there’s a pharmacy chain named after shitty source code management.

  10. The Netgear ReadyNAS 628X is a solid addition to Netgear’s SMB NAS line, and offers everything small and medium sized businesses need to either implement a new data server or upgrade their current infrastructure. It also offers a nice boost in performance and storage capacity compared to the 6-bay 626X model of the same family. With its 8 drive bays, the 628X supports up to 80TB using a single device as well as the ability to scale to a generous 140TB via the Netgear expansion chassis. Netgear is known for making stylish-looking NAS solutions, and this is certainly no exception: the 628X features a modern, premium metal build that sports a very slick silver faceplate that acts as a door for the drive bays. As such, this is an NAS that is meant to be displayed in the open, and not under a desk or tucked away in a closet. The 628X also comes bundled with ReadyNAS OS, a powerful, yet easy-to-use, data management software. NETGEAR ReadyNAS 628X NAS Review
  11. I usually use Handbrake to rip DVD's. It only gives me issues with Disney movies, and their copy protecion schemes. I have not tried to rip a bluray yet, and most of my BR purchases, came with a normal DVD, that I could rip. I then use the included Synology App DSVideo for playback. I have a Roku hooked up to my TV, and with the DSVideo app on the Roku, things are great to stream. Where I often run into issues is various codec, most importantly videos ripped with 5.1 audio. I have to convert them to 2.0 stereo as DSVideo doesn't support I think 5.1 DTS. Alternatively, you could uses VLC too for playback. But I really enjoy the netflix like view of DSVideo, with metadata tags across my phones and roku.
  12. The new NVMe SSD is the next step after the PBlaze4. The drives bring enough density to lower overall footprint while improving performance and greatly reducing latency. The drives have quoted performance in upwards of 6GB/s for read bandwidth, over a million IOPS for random read, and a typical read/write latency of 90/15μs. The U.2 form factor of the drives is hot-swappable, increasing serviceability while reducing potential downtime. Memblaze Releases 11TB PCIe NVMe SSD
  13. Data corruption can be a tricky one to pin down. Bad cables, bad drives... consumer devices don't have the best error correction capabilities. See if the EVO stays clean.
  14. See the attached screen shots. So far, this 3rd clean install is solid. No issues. The SSD Utility doesn't show anything that would lead me to suspect it is the culprit, other than the health being at like 85%... My only other theory is that somehow, a recent Windows build update corrupted itself in the update process... When installing off of a USB drive, does Windows actually verify the image or does it just copy it? I wonder if the USB Windows installer had a problem? I did recreate it each time I clean installed.
  15. Install the OCZ tools too for more sanity check on the drive
  16. The Intel 545S is the latest client SATA SSD offered by Intel and the first to feature the company’s new 64-Layer, TLC, Intel 3D NAND. Though the drive is currently only available in a 512GB, 2.5” form factor, Intel states that it will be releasing more capacity, ranging from 128GB to 2TB, as well as a M.2 form factor version. The drive is being marketed as an HDD replacement and has a MSRP of $179 for 512GB. Intel 545S SSD Review
  17. Any SMART data on the OCZ?
  18. Hi all, It would enlighten me if any of you have seen this sort of thing before. I have a 3-year-old custom PC build that's been rock solid since birth. The basics are: Intel Core i5-3570k, 8GB RAM, Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI board, and a OCZ Vector SSD. I later added a Geforce 750Ti. This sucker has seen Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and even OS X for a time. NEVER had an issue. Last week I was getting BSOD's. I believe the error was CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED. It was about once every other day. I'd reboot, and all was good. It was always crashing while unattended. Then the other day, I started getting the crash right with any boot. Even Safe Mode. So, I created an Acronis backup and then did a Win10 clean install. Set up everything as I normally do. I thought it was all good to go, but then 18 hours later, it started doing weird things right after Windows login... services and explorer.exe would repeatedly crash and attempt relaunch... then finally would BSOD with the same error. This time Safe Mode worked for a while but later stopped. In the short time I had in Windows, I installed the OCZ SSD Utility and it shows no negative SMART errors and said the drive life was 86%. Next, I clean installed again on a different SSD (Samsung 840 EVO). So far all is good, but it's too early to tell. My reason for posting here is whether it is likely that the problems are due to the SSD corrupting data in some sort of undetectable way. The times I was getting BSODs, I would boot into Recovery, and SFC would either find no problems or would fail. Prior to the last clean install, I was getting errors booting relating to specific files (ACPI.sys). CHKDSK never found any bad sectors or returned file system errors. I ran MemTest86+ for 8 hours and it did not return any errors. I can't figure out what the culprit is..
  19. All the new EPYC processors combine security features, enterprise class reliability, and support a full feature-set. AMD goes on to claim that at "every targeted price point for two-socket processors, EPYC outperforms the competition, with up to 70% more performance in the eight hundred dollar price band and up to 47% more performance at the high-end of the market of four thousand dollars or more." With a specific dig at Intel, AMD states that its EPYC 7601 one-socket system shifts expectations for single socket server performance, helping lower total-cost-of-ownership (TCO), providing up to 20% CapEx savings compared to the Intel Xeon E5-2660 v4-based two-socket system. AMD EPYC Data Center CPU Launched
  20. Amazing trip to #Kejimkujik National Park

  21. If you reboot node B does it move back to A? In windows there was also an area to manually move it back and forth.
  22. Hmm, no idea then. I have zero experience with the NEC stuff. :-/
  23. I think that if it's anything it's a NEC card. There's plenty of them on eBay, and they often state RAID 5 and 6 in the description. This NEC-paper however, says "RAID 0/1" (page 15): If it's firmware-nerfed it seems to be deep in the LSI-parts, because as I wrote, no matter which f/w i flash, I only get RAID 1,0 and 10. 9266-8i have a never controller (SAS2208).
  24. Hi, I have LSI Syncro CS 9271-8i installed and I found small issue here: I created a Node A and it has a shared Virtual Disk (VD). Now, when Node A reboots, the VD is being transferred to peer Node B and the VD will stay in Node B - no matter node A is up or not. Is this normal? Any expert here knows how to transfer VD from Node B back to Node A when A is online? Below is the information --- I would appreciate it if anyone here could give me some feedback. Thanks. #/opt/MegaRAID/storcli/storcli64 /c0 show Generating detailed summary of the adapter, it may take a while to complete. Controller = 0 Status = Success Description = None Product Name = LSI Syncro CS 9271-8iQ Serial Number = SV40421776 SAS Address = 500605b008929d30 PCI Address = 00:85:00:00 System Time = 06/25/2017 00:24:34 Mfg. Date = 01/23/14 Controller Time = 06/25/2017 00:24:33 FW Package Build = 23.6.1-0018 BIOS Version = FW Version = 3.330.05-2793 Driver Name = megaraid_sas Driver Version = 06.811.02.00-rh1 Vendor Id = 0x1000 Device Id = 0x5B SubVendor Id = 0x1000 SubDevice Id = 0x927B Host Interface = PCI-E Device Interface = SAS-6G Bus Number = 133 Device Number = 0 Function Number = 0 Drive Groups = 2 ... /c0/v0 : ====== --------------------------------------------------------------- DG/VD TYPE State Access Consist Cache Cac sCC Size Name --------------------------------------------------------------- 0/0 RAID0 Optl RW Yes RWTC - ON 558.406 GB --------------------------------------------------------------- Cac=CacheCade|Rec=Recovery|OfLn=OffLine|Pdgd=Partially Degraded|Dgrd=Degraded Optl=Optimal|RO=Read Only|RW=Read Write|HD=Hidden|TRANS=TransportReady|B=Blocked| Consist=Consistent|R=Read Ahead Always|NR=No Read Ahead|WB=WriteBack| AWB=Always WriteBack|WT=WriteThrough|C=Cached IO|D=Direct IO|sCC=Scheduled Check Consistency PDs for VD 0 : ============ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ EID:Slt DID State DG Size Intf Med SED PI SeSz Model Sp Type ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 10:0 16 Onln 0 558.406 GB SAS HDD N N 512B ST3600057SS U - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ EID-Enclosure Device ID|Slt-Slot No.|DID-Device ID|DG-DriveGroup DHS-Dedicated Hot Spare|UGood-Unconfigured Good|GHS-Global Hotspare UBad-Unconfigured Bad|Onln-Online|Offln-Offline|Intf-Interface Med-Media Type|SED-Self Encryptive Drive|PI-Protection Info SeSz-Sector Size|Sp-Spun|U-Up|D-Down|T-Transition|F-Foreign UGUnsp-Unsupported|UGShld-UnConfigured shielded|HSPShld-Hotspare shielded CFShld-Configured shielded|Cpybck-CopyBack|CBShld-Copyback Shielded VD0 Properties : ============== Strip Size = 256 KB Number of Blocks = 1171062784 Span Depth = 1 Number of Drives Per Span = 1 Write Cache(initial setting) = WriteBack Disk Cache Policy = Disk's Default Encryption = None Data Protection = None Active Operations = None Exposed to OS = Yes Creation Date = 22-06-2017 Creation Time = 02:46:01 AM Host Access Policy = Shared Peer Has Access = YES VD GUID = 4c5349202020202000105b0000107b9269897c46660b80f9 Emulation type = default Is LD Ready for OS Requests = Yes SCSI NAA Id = 600605b008929d3020ddebe9760e1fec
  25. Have you been able to find any specific documentation that card (smells like it's a Dell special?)? Especially regarding a possible activation key for additional features? I don't think it's a standard LSI product so something may be nerfed in the firmware. Any idea if it's closer to the 9266-8i?
  26. Hi, I recently bought a MegaRAID SAS 9264-8i on eBay for use in my ESXi-server. I choose that card because it was on vmware's list of supported controllers, and the price was good. According to the sellers description is will do RAID 5 and RAID 6, which seems plausible since it's using on the same SAS2108-controller as 9260 and many many more. However, I cannot get this card to do anything else than RAID 0,1 or 10. I've tried crossflashing it to a 9260-8i, but same thing, and even tried making it into a DELL Perc h700, but I still only get to pick between RAID 1's and 0's. I've got six 120GB SSD's connected to it and they are detected just fine, so the disks should be OK for R6. Do anyone know anything about this controller, or why I cannot get R6 on it? Is it hardware limitied or do I need an activation key to turn on the rest of the RAID-levels? Thanks, A
  27. The XG5 is Toshiba’s first M.2 drive to leverage the company’s new new 64-layer BiCS 3D flash memory. The drive is single-sided but still comes in capacities up to 1TB. Its single-sided design makes it ideal for ultra-thin notebooks and edge computing devices. Beyond capacity, the drive has an SED option and support for TCG Opal Version 2.01 for the security minded and it has quoted sequential speeds of 3GB/s read and 2.1GB/s write. Toshiba XG5 NVMe SSD Review
  28. The Dell WYSE 3040 is the company’s smallest entry-level thin client. Dell has managed to pack plenty of connectivity into the little footprint, four USB ports, an Intel Atom X5 1.44GHz quad-core processor, up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and 8GB of onboard flash. The 3040 can support two monitors and its ThinOS operating system comes with ample amounts of built in security. The thin client would be ideal for areas such as customer service where the end user could benefit from two monitors but doesn’t need a ton of computing power at their end. Dell Wyse 3040 Review
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