[rescue] Question about Iomega NAS Server

Shawn Wallbridge shawn at synack-hosting.com
Thu Sep 16 13:07:39 CDT 2004

I have 6 servers totaling about 10TB (after RAID 5) of WD drives (160GB 
and 200GB) on 3Ware controllers and while I have heard of the problem, 
we have never run into the problem.

After trying to get a Promise RAID card (the old software one) running 
under Linux years ago, I swore I will never use a Promise card again. I 
like 3Ware their cards are great and their support is fantastic.


On 15-Sep-04, at 9:53 AM, Nathan Raymond wrote:

> 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:
> http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#raid3ware
> For non-3ware cards:
> http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#raidno3ware
>> 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 well.
> - Nathan
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