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  1. Mmmm, 10TB gold.... come on lotto numbers, papa needs some brand new storage!!
  2. Agreed - it's worth it (to me at least) to pay $120 more to get two more years' warranty and the relatively high (550 TB annually) workload rate compared to the Red's 180 TB rate. That extra $120 in theory should net you a drive lifespan at least double the Red's warranty period (though I suspect the Reds are good for five and the Golds good for 8 to 10 years' use with unRAID).
  3. You can add more USB adapters too, until you run out of slots or PCIe lanes. IMHO it's all a bit fidgety and I would just pop them into some 5-in-3 hot swap bays and attach with SATA/SAS and be done with the USB translation in the middle.
  4. Golds are better anyway. Same speed as Blacks when comparing same-size drives, but Golds use less power, have an order of magnitude lower non-recoverable read error rate, twice the load/unload cycles (whatever that means) and 5 year warranty. AFAIK Blacks have always had 5-year warranty - except maybe for a brief period after the Thailand floods several years back. Given the specs though I would expect Golds to last a bit longer. I'm looking for 10 years from them - but not holding my breath.
  5. Technically you can have just one drive in a "group" for use with FreeNAS, but if I understand your question correctly, then the answer is yes, they spin in groups. And need to be upgraded in groups, too... that's my personal "nope!" decision point. I like being able to upgrade one drive at a time as needed.
  6. I'd be happier with WD having a 6 year warranty - I mean c'mon, they're frikkin GOLD! (and Red Pros and Blacks already offer 5 years... soo) But I am happy with them thus far. Will know more after 5 years of (ab)use.
  7. I guess if you measure its outputs with an oscilloscope under different loads to check ripple and general quality of the signal, as well as deviation from expected output, you could be suitably impressed by a PSU. Or maybe it's nicely lit and has an LED readout telling you how much power you're using... not performance related, but lights and gizmos generally impress on a subconscious level if nothing else!
  8. After 9 - 11 years of running the same system I usually upgrade to something newer. Never had any thermal interface material (silicone paste or otherwise) let me down over long periods, because I never remove the heatsinks after first installation. So I guess what I'm sayin' is, I wouldn't bother with a 3 year repaste regimen because it's not as good a use of my time as, say, trying some trendy new beer
  9. Oooh, good call BRiT. I'll start playing around with that. This could prove useful at work where I use unRAID for video archives. Lots of students using all sorts of computers and OS's doing who knows what, and some of them have brief access to the primary archive server to drop on their newly-finished masterpieces. If all the previous works were root-owned and RO that could potentially save days of rsyncing from the backup server if something unsavoury happened. Cheers!
  10. I was also pleasantly surprised to see speeds like that with the two 8TB golds I bought a couple months back. Seems no need for lesser drives now!
  11. Or use SSDs. Lotsa speed, and more reliable than some hacked hardware RAID volume as virtual disk for unRAID. Probably costs less, too.
  12. I had issues with my Gigabyte EP45 board when trying to use more than 2 RAM slots or 4GB of RAM (can't remember all the details) and it required some monkeying around in the BIOS to allow the machine to POST and function normally. Maybe there's a known issue about more than xx GB of RAM on your board, or using more than two slots at a time? I sure would hope not given the quality I expect from a board like that, but stranger things have happened.
  13. I started my unRAID life after IDE (okay, the motherboard had the controller, but I always used SATA drives and ignored the IDE ports)... and never really had much use for spin up groups. Now that hard drives are very large and also very power efficient (<= 5W each) I have no concerns about letting them spin for several extra hours, or even 24/7/365. Where I am 100W of constant consumption for 23 HDDs costs me $0.31 daily, which is far less than the cost of a daily coffee -- and I don't drink coffee, so I'm still well ahead! I generally set my spin down time to about 6 hours which lets them stop as I sleep, and usually they won't be called upon again until the next afternoon. There's always delays the first time or two I try to access the array, but it's not a big deal after that as the rest of the day is hiccup free due to the long spin down timer.
  14. Alternately to tdallen's suggestion, if all your "empty" drives are in fact 3TB at the moment, you can use your two Blues as data, and the empty 3TB Red as single parity and have the benefit of parity protection while you're transferring from your other NAS. When all your files are safely onto your unRAID server you can preclear one of the Zyxel drives to be used for another data drive, and designate the last Zyxel drive as second parity. I don't suspect there's much difference between Red and Blue in terms of overall longevity, but I'd guess the Blue's 2 year warranty versus Red's 3 year means using Blue for unchanging data and Red for parity would offer the longest lifespan overall.
  15. I like the application to files larger than xx bytes in size. Any idea on command line for such? a chmod -R | grep something about file size? (My bash knowledge is sorely lacking!)
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