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  1. Seagate 2.5inch NAS

    They're SMR so rebuild performance is probably horrible, if that's something you're worried about... other than that, I got nothin.'
  2. LSI Bios missing

    Does the LSI card show up as a bootable device in your Gigabyte's UEFI? Is there a selection in there to enable Option ROM support? (not that I think your motherboard is the problem, since your problems all seem to stem from your changing your LSI firmware from IR to IT mode.... but helps to ask.)
  3. Drive-managed SMR is completely invisible to the host OS, so yes, it would be supported.
  4. External HDD Became RAW

    Woah, kept the files and folder structures? Very nice.
  5. You'd need a software solution since your system doesn't support a separate drive for caching natively. I'm not aware of any 3rd party caching solutions that are recommended. How much usable storage did you need?
  6. External HDD Became RAW

    Drive probably has physical damage if TestDisk and EaseUS both took days... if you REALLY need the files, it's time to send it to FADV, OnTrack, Driversavers, or some other professional recovery company, and be ready to fork out $thousands depending on how much data you need recovered.
  7. Toshiba External 2TB HDD

    TestDisk doesn't work miracles-- if the drive has physical damage, unfortunately, there's not much it can do
  8. Toshiba External 2TB HDD

    As I said earlier, try TestDisk.
  9. You should be fine with any current off the shelf 3.5" SATA disk.
  10. Toshiba External 2TB HDD

    Give it a few minutes/hours to run?
  11. Toshiba External 2TB HDD

    Have you checked with the actual Toshiba drive diagnostic utility? Have you tried to get in with TestDisk?
  12. Seagate Announces 14TB Helium HDD

    To be fair this looks mostly like the official Seagate press release regurgitated, and that doesn't say much either.
  13. I'm a little fuzzy here, but I assume you are specifically talking about drives like HGST Ultrastar Hs14's that are host-managed SMR?
  14. Assuming that's Fahrenheit, you are well within safe ranges and shouldn't be causing drives to fail. I would be looking at other possible causes, including how you handle drives before/during installation. Or honestly, if you get 3-5 years out of drives in a machine that old, consider if it's even worth the effort to worry about why drives fail, and just deal with it...
  15. Any idea what kind of temperatures your drives are seeing-- can you pull the SMART data? IIRC the old cheese grater style Mac Pro's don't have any fans near the drive bays, hence my inclination to ask about temps...