[rescue] Question about Iomega NAS Server

Nathan Raymond nate at portents.com
Wed Sep 15 09:53:00 CDT 2004

On Tue, 14 Sep 2004, Eric Webb wrote:

> On Tuesday 14 September 2004 11:06 am, Nathan Raymond wrote:
>> On Tue, 14 Sep 2004, Martin Wedel wrote:
>>> You can also save a lot on drives if you forgo the 'raid edition' model
>>> on the storage drive and go with the 140$-ish 200GB SE 8mb cache drives.
>> Do NOT do this.  One year ago I bought six 200GB SE 8mb cache WD drives
>> for $job to go with a system I built (dual Athlon MP, Promise RAID
>> controller) and it was nothing but trouble.
> Hmm, I plugged a couple WD 120GB SE 8mb cache drives into a 3ware card and
> it's been running for a year and a half with no bothers.

Western Digital says that affected drives are "WD drives with capacities 
between 40GB & 120GB" and "WD drives with greater than 120GB capacity with 
Mfg. date codes earlier than 3/25/03".

Their update for drives on a 3ware controller:


For non-3ware cards:


> I think the problem may not have been the choice of drives, but the choice of
> adapters.  I thought the general consensus was that promise sucked elephant
> balls..?

I bought Promise because I needed a six-channel IDE RAID that could do a 
two-drive RAID 1 and a three-drive RAID 5 with one hot spare, and at the 
time 3ware didn't have a product that filled that segment (I had also 
heard rumors of 3ware exiting the RAID marketplace, which turned out not 
to be the case).

Yes, Promise does suck and I will never buy them again.  But WD sucks as 

- Nathan

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