Archive for March, 2008

Storage Update: Picking up the Pieces

March 10th, 2008

Well, I have placed an order for the Norco DS-1220. I ordered it from Newegg.com as an open box item. It’s a bit of a gamble, for couple of reason. The first is because open box from Newegg means someone sent it back. It may have all of it’s parts, it may be missing some parts. Newegg will not help you out if the package is incomplete.. but it did save me $180. Newegg does offer a 15 day return policy on the item though so if it shows up and is missing some critical I can send it back and buy the non-open box version, albeit it at te $180 premium. Worth a try for $180.

Thecus: Dead again….

March 6th, 2008

You would think I’d have learned my lesson already. I’ve been using my Thecus N5200 for a while now and, like clockwork, every 6 months it just dies. I’ve blogged about it before here, a lot, here are some of the posts.

Briefly, I had the drive in bay 1 fail again. It’s always that drive. No errors on the disk the Thecus just looses it. No errors in the logs, no bad sectors, it just disappears. So, I pull the drive out, format it, test it and put it back in. I log into the interface, tell the Thecus to use the disk I just put in as a spare which causes it to rebuild the array. This all went fine. The funny thing was I wasn’t able to use the array during the rebuild. It only takes about 8hrs to rebuild the 2TB so it’s no a big deal; It ran while I was at work. Usually, the array is accessible during the rebuild, though it performs a bit slower. When I returned from work I watched it finish up the rebuild and I then tried to access it. No luck. My Mac wouldn’t connect. I then tried it from my 2003 server, same issue. I am only able to access it over NFS on my linux server, read only.

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