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  1. Hi all, I am planning a new video editing PC build for the company I work for. In terms of storage plans, I am looking to do a Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe internally for OS drive. In our current editing machine, I am using a hardware RAID controller (RAID5) with 4x drives. I'm kind of sick of RAID arrays for the most part. I am thinking a PCI3 x4 drive interface will give better performance, although there would be no redundancy. I am looking at using a motherboard with Thunderbolt 3.0. It seems silly to plan on TB2 since it is already phasing out. The TB3 40Gb/s also seems very nice. There doesn't seem to be much on the market for TB3 storage options currently. I'm looking at the Akitio PCIe Thunderbolt 3 enclosure. They have one with the Intel 750 in it, though it is around $1,200. I don't need 1.2TB storage in it. My thinking is that we keep a couple projects on it at a time for editing, and then offload it to a redundant NAS for backup. Are there any other ways of doing a NVMe x4 interface externally? I'm sure the answer to this post will be much different in 2-3 months.
  2. Hi all, Couple different topics here. I currently have a Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4+ which has been fantastic for the past 2-3 years or so. No issues with the NAS. I currently have the trusty WD Caviar Black drives in it (WD2002FAEX). No issues there either! On another note, I had purchased two Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda drives almost 2 years ago. I use these for casual media storage (I do a lot of AV editing work). Today I was transferring files off of one to put it in a newly rebuilt desktop. I unplugged the drive to jockey some data around and when I plugged it back in, I just got buzzing sounds. After more research, it seems these drives have a high failure rate. I bought them based on their rave reviews, performance, and price. The unfortunately thing about reviews is you can't tell reliability until people have had them a while. That made me decide I don't want to use the other one that still works very much, so much that I'm willing to make it a donor to repair the other one. So I opened up the defective drive, and gently reseated the head. Now it spins up, clicks a few times, then spins down. Crap. I know chances of getting this data back myself are slim but I can't afford $300+ for data recovery, especially when I can't even remember what specifically is on this drive. It could be Blu-ray ISOs for discs I own for all I know and paying for that recovery would be silly. In any case, back to topic 1. I'm going to need some more drives to replace this (these) Seagates. My thought right now is to put new drives in the ReadyNAS, and use the drives out of it as my loose drive storage. These drives I want to be fast, and I know Caviar Blacks are. I have probably 30+ loose hard drives with archived data on it. I see no reason to make the NAS extra large and put data on it that's archived... Data that is archives is put on a drive and then powered on and on a shelf so it's not spinning. So back to the NAS drives. I'm considering the WD Red drives WD30EFRX. I know these are 5400 RPM, but does that even matter when 4x are in RAID5 and it is only access on gigabit LAN? My primary concern with the ReadyNAS is data reliability. I don't keep archival stuff on there but I do no want to loose it. Thoughts or tips would be appreciated!
  3. Hi all, It's been a while. I have a workstation built on dual Xeon 5345 CPUs and a HighPoint Tech RocketRAID 2210 SATA Controller. There are 4x Hitachi HDS721010KLA330 (7K1000) drives in RAID0. I'm not exactly sure what is going on but after a reboot today, the system booted up and the volume did not mount in Windows 7 x64. After another reboot, it showed up. Then after some time, it disappeared. I installed the HPT WebGUI and there was one failure entry in the Events log but it did not say why. Everything else says "Healthy". That said, the SMART info for each drive does contain some non-zero values for "Seek Error Rate", "Reallocated Event Count", "UDMA CRC Error Count", "RAW Read Error Rate", among others. Despite these errors, the WebGUI says the Status is OK next to each SMART Attribute. Is it time to cut my losses and ditch these drives? I know I've heard before to just make sure they don't increase dramatically. Is there a utility I can run on the drives that will "stress test" them to see how quickly errors increase or change during a specific time frame? Are drives with these sorts of errors OK for writing data to them and powering off for archiving?
  4. The unit doesn't require drivers as Windows should just see it as a disk drive. I actually forced it to use that Disk Drive driver, and it then shows up under Drives, but no volumes mount, so that doesn't work. According to OWC, there are no firmware updates.
  5. Hi all, I have a OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 RAID Enclosure. The unit is setup in RAID5. It will not mount its single volume in Windows 8. It shows up properly as "eSATA-2 ExternalRAID" in Device Manager, but under the category "Other Devices", and I cannot get it to see a volume and mount it. It will mount via USB. OWC swears it is an "isolated" case, but it does this on 4x of my Windows 8 machines and works in Windows 7. They also swear it is a SATA controller driver problem that Microsoft needs to fix. Perhaps, but that doesn't help me. I know NewerTech has a USB3.0 - eSATA adapter that is under $30 or so. I could try that, though not ideal. Does anyone know of a small dongle-link adapter that will turn an eSATA drive into a NAS instantly? That would be a killed accessory. I have seen these for USB 2.0, but not eSATA. UPDATE: Just remembered this Addonics adapter. I think I remember it but it wasn't shipping when I first found it. Ideas?
  6. Thanks. Will WD only RMA a drive if their diagnostics tool throws errors? I submitted a case but it has been 3 days with no response. Unfortunately, this being part of a RAID5 array, I would have to shut off the NAS, make a RAW image of the drive using R-Studio or Acronis, and then run diagnostics, and then restore if needed. Given these are each 2TB drives, that's a lot of disk space I need to do this.
  7. I figured as much. It'll take 2-3 weeks to get my Vector replaced. I generally keep a spare SSD around for these reasons but built a HTPC and used it. So I ordered the Samsung hoping it is more reliable than OCZ. The Vector will go into the HTPC and the Vertex 2 in that will be my spare. I have a lot of drives. Probably over 2 dozen hard drives totaling over 15 TB in storage. Almost all work related though.. video/audio projects. It'll add to the collection.
  8. Thanks for the info. I've done OCZ updates and am pretty happy with them. I went ahead and ordered a Samsung 840 Pro. I'm sure I won't be disappointed. I'm pretty happy with OCZ despite a couple dead ones. It happens, and it's a risk we all take when we move on to SSDs.
  9. I'm sure this one has been asked 100 times, but I'm asking for reasons other than just performance. I see that the Samsung beats OCZ in benchmarks. I have never owned a Samsung SSD and want to know what I'm getting into. I have a four month old Vector that just died in my laptop. I am getting an RMA set up but am wondering if I should jump ship to Samsung. I've owned a dozen or so OCZ SSDs going back to Vertex line. I've been VERY happy with them, despite 2 or 3 RMA's going out. That said, OCZ's support and RMA process is really amazing and fast if you ask me. So, how is Samsung's support and RMA process? Is it hassle free? Are they considered more reliable than OCZ these days? How is Samsung with firmware updates and other issues? Lastly, about performance, this sucker will be going into a laptop with only a SATA2 controller. How will these stack up then? I know that the Vector was faster than the Vertex 2 across the board on the same SATA2 controller. All of this said, I know sh*t happens. I keep Acronis True Image doing a weekly SSD backup to my NAS. I have a 2nd HDD in the same laptop that houses documents and data that gets backed up nightly. Suggestions?
  10. Hi all, I have 4x WDC WD2002FAEX drives (identical) in a Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4 PLUS. I just got a warning at a reboot today that a couple disks have some SMART reported errors. Are these things I could get the drives RMA'd for? Or do I have to wade through it until they really fail? Will Western Digital RMA drives with these SMART error reports or will I need to backup the data and then run their tool? I absolutely cannot lose data on this RAID, so I guess it's time to backup the backup. Here's what I see: Raw Read Error Rate 52 Spin Up Time 8000 Start Stop Count 104 Reallocated Sector Count 2 Seek Error Rate 195 Power On Hours 18593 Spin Retry Count 0 Calibration Retry Count 0 Power Cycle Count 78 Power-Off Retract Count 68 Load Cycle Count 35 Temperature Celsius 42 Reallocated Event Count 1 Current Pending Sector 0 Offline Uncorrectable 0 UDMA CRC Error Count 3 Multi Zone Error Rate 6 ATA Error Count 0 Raw Read Error Rate 3 Spin Up Time 8166 Start Stop Count 110 Reallocated Sector Count 0 Seek Error Rate 0 Power On Hours 18591 Spin Retry Count 0 Calibration Retry Count 0 Power Cycle Count 83 Power-Off Retract Count 74 Load Cycle Count 35 Temperature Celsius 44 Reallocated Event Count 0 Current Pending Sector 0 Offline Uncorrectable 0 UDMA CRC Error Count 0 Multi Zone Error Rate 0 ATA Error Count 0 Raw Read Error Rate 0 Spin Up Time 8108 Start Stop Count 108 Reallocated Sector Count 2 Seek Error Rate 196 Power On Hours 18020 Spin Retry Count 0 Calibration Retry Count 0 Power Cycle Count 82 Power-Off Retract Count 73 Load Cycle Count 34 Temperature Celsius 43 Reallocated Event Count 2 Current Pending Sector 0 Offline Uncorrectable 0 UDMA CRC Error Count 0 Multi Zone Error Rate 0 ATA Error Count 0 Raw Read Error Rate 0 Spin Up Time 8000 Start Stop Count 115 Reallocated Sector Count 0 Seek Error Rate 0 Power On Hours 18351 Spin Retry Count 0 Calibration Retry Count 0 Power Cycle Count 89 Power-Off Retract Count 79 Load Cycle Count 35 Temperature Celsius 41 Reallocated Event Count 0 Current Pending Sector 0 Offline Uncorrectable 0 UDMA CRC Error Count 2 Multi Zone Error Rate 1 ATA Error Count 0
  11. I'm finding it very nice and the price is very reasonable.
  12. Thanks for the input. I found a program called Where Is It?. It works great. Exactly what I was looking for. Only downside is that you have to remember to update the drives before you eject them. Does what I need it to do though. Now I can just search the catalog and identify which drive has what. It will also keep thumbnails and some metadata. http://www.whereisit-soft.com/
  13. Hi all, So here is my situation. I have about two dozen hard drives ranging in sizes from 250GB up to 1TB. I have a lot of data as I work in pro-AV, video and audio editing. I also have a 4TB RAID5 box. I've been using SATA drive docks for years to quickly mount drives when I need them. I'm looking for software (preferably free or low cost, but open to enterprise-grade) that will catalog the contents of drives. Then, when I am looking for files, I don't have to mount drives to find them. I can just search the catalog, and it will tell me which drive it is on. I would love for it to catalog the drive brand and model, serial number, etc. I don't want to access the data from the software. I also want to continue managing the actual data from Windows Explorer. I suppose what I am looking for is similar to what Tape Backup software does. If anyone has any ideas, I would appreciate it.
  14. Here's a read comparison of those two drives. I didn't do write test now since the drives aren't blank. Maybe soon. Thoughts welcome! Performance aside, I generally trust Hitachi more. I didn't check things like power consumption either, but Hitachi claims to be very good at that.
  15. Ha, good enough then. Maybe I'll run a quick bench on it for you. I don't expect it to beat the Hitachi by any means.