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  1. Seriously? You necro a 11.5 year old thread to post a spam link to kitchenware?
  2. Yes, you need a multi-drive system. Although I never ended up implementing it, I did some research a few years back on the idea and this paper was helpful:
  3. Slade

    Swapping Out For Larger Drives

    IIRC you can do it in the management software but would have to rebuild after replacing each single drive (or each two drives for RAID 6). And then do an expansion once you finish the last rebuild with all drives replaced. It's quite a task. Much easier to get access to another card and build a new larger array then transfer the data.
  4. Yup, all that marketing around NVMe x4 capabilities and then they go and use QLC NAND, a real waste of a slot, slower than most of my SATA SSDs for any large copies to my storage array over 10GbE.
  5. Thank you, he's used everything from USB 2/3 sticks to a variety of external drives so I'll price out that DS418j with some drives for him.
  6. A close friend called me looking for Christmas shopping advise: wants a 4 bay NAS that he can connect to via Ethernet to manage content, but its primary purpose is to attach with a USB cable to a smart TV (Samsung TV that currently uses a 3TB WD external loaded with mkv files that he rips from his BR disks) in his wife's office. I pretty much always build my own so am clueless on the ability to attach a TV to an NAS like this. Any suggestions? Thanks
  7. Just to follow up, I finally had the time over Thanksgiving week to move all the data to easier backup for restoration (then added an 8th drive figuring that I might as well go to RAID6 with all those 8TB drives), rebuilt the array and then made a new single large partition like I wanted with 16KB cluster size. Only took about 3.5 days, then did the restoration of data from backup that went pretty quick over 10Gbit but did really notice the slower write speed of using RAID6. One added benefit is that now my backup is more well organized and I have all the older backups as spare drives to use for something. lol Thanks again.
  8. Thanks, that's what I thought. I do have everything backed up, just being lazy.
  9. I have a RAID 5 array on an Adaptec 8805 (default stripe size used 256KB) that I just expanded by one additional 8TB He8 drive, all went well. But then I went into Windows disk management to expand the single volume of about 30TB by the additional 7.2TB. I get an error that it can't happen because it exceeds the cluster limit of Windows. I know that the default cluster size for Windows 7 for volumes of 16TB–32 TB is 8 KB and for 32TB–64 TB it doubles to 16 KB. I expect that is the issue that I have, crossing that threshold exceeds the cluster number limit. Is there any simple way to change the cluster size, perhaps with third party software rather than to delete the existing volume and create it again with a larger value and then have to copy all the data back from the backup volumes? Thanks.
  10. Slade

    Seagate Releases 14TB Drives

    5 or 6 of the Ironwolf Pros may be my next main RAID 5 array and relegate my 8xHe8 8TB to backup. Just need to double check that my spare Adaptec 8805 will play nice, which I assume that it will.
  11. Slade

    HTPC 4k ultra

    I would never suggest using a consumer motherboard RAID controller, any simple bios hiccup/update/bad karma and poof all gone. I've seen this way way too many times. At a minimum if you do it, have easy to access backup and lots of spare time. One of my older storage arrays has 8 3TB Hitachi 7200rpm drives, 7 in RAID 5 plus a hot spare that has performed flawlessly for years. They were relegated to secondary backup storage a little over a year ago just due to age and a new array of 8TB He8 Hitachi drives. Those too have performed without issues.
  12. While both are about the same, just make sure that a USB external drive is not your sole backup and when using them on Windows machines use the safe eject to help avoid losing your data in a mishap, I second the motion on HGST drives. I have 20 in two arrays that have been on 24/7 for the past 4 years without a failure. Yup, I know that I just jinxed myself.
  13. As continuum said, if the data is really important and you did not have it backed up to a reliable backup, you are going to spend significant money. USB drives are an extremely poor single source backup as they are easily corrupted in many situations. Moreover, one backup for important data is about as reliable as no backup. EaseUS should give you a refund if the product did not work for you and you first used the trial version and it stated that it would recover your data.
  14. Agreed, and just remember to safely eject the drive and have the computer on a UPS with automatic shutdown software if you leave the drive on a lot -- USB drives are easily corrupted if disconnected during a write.
  15. Slade

    Quiet hard drive

    Figure out which drives you are interested in and then get the pfd product sheet off their web site. They all include acoustic specs. For example WD Black 6TB is 29dB at idle and 36dB when seeking. All major drive makers publish these, but there is little difference in modern models although the HGST He8 drives are more quiet at idle at 20dB. There are 10 of those spinning within 5 feet of me and I cannot hear them over PSU and case fans unless they are doing a significant seek, like loading a large database.