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  1. Thank you -- i wish I knew all this stuff. I wish I hadn't just bought another 6TB to replace a 6TB that wasn't actually failing -- I should have bought a 10 or a 12 to start the process but I wasn't thinking. I think going larger is the eventual goal but the cost right now doesn't make sense given in Canada it is around $900 for two 10TB or 12TB which would take me from 18TB to 22-24TB. If it was for something important then sure but for a Plex server I can just trim my media collection instead and look at going to 12s sometime next year. Thank you both for the help.
  2. That is an long-term option as drives fail but I'd need to find out if my server can handle bigger drives as I kind of remember that being an issue with a previous server. I love unRaid and my main build was carefully researched but the second one was just a server I got 2nd hand. It has been around five years so I've forgotten most of what I learned for the original build and right now I don't have the time to learn again. That is why I so apricate the assistance from the community. Of all the projects I'm involved with this forum is the most helpful when people have issues. The build is currently 4x6TB+3TB+cache for 21 TB. If I remove the 3TB I go to 18TB but I suspect I'll have a working server and going from 21 to 18 isn't that big of a deal. If I could just plug something in for $200-$300 that would solve the problem and give me further options to expand in the future I'd do it but reading topics on external enclosures I immediately got bogged down on what is SAS and is it what I want rather than eSATA.
  3. Not a bad port -- Disk 3 is back connected to the port it would not work on and working fine. The problem is appears to be having 6 drives. With the SDD not connected the array is rebuilding with no errors. Once it is done rebuilding I'll add the SDD back in and I assume the errors will return. I think this has to be either the SATA controller or the power supply
  4. I'm not and I had considered that but since there are no gfx cards or any cards I figured the controller was more likely but now I realize that was probably incorrect The power supply is a Seasonic SS-400ET so a quick googling of what various components use the power supply at 400W might be too low CPU is a Xeon X3440 = 135W when at max. Drives 5 mechanical + 1 SSD seems to be 30W each so 180W total Mainboard S3420GP can't find specs but mainboards seem to be 100-150W That seems to add up to very close to or even over 400. If the issue is the power supply then I assume trying to go external won't work as even if I move a drive out of the case the card's power consumption will be added. I'm actually thinking the best solution might be to just return to a 5 drive setup.
  5. Thank you for all the assistance. I believe I have solved the issue but could use confirmation that this makes sense. There were no empty SATA slots so I removed the cache SSD and connected the drive to Disk 3 using the cache wires -- I was able to start the rebuild. I cancelled the rebuild and returned disk 3 to the cage but did not return the cache drive to the system -- Again I am allowed to rebuild the array which is happening now. This system had worked perfectly for many years with 4 drives + cache. The problems started around 6-8 months after adding a 5th drive although it might have been sooner and I did not realize it. Based on this my conclusion is that the SATA controller on the mainboard despite having 6 SATA connections is only able to handle 5 drives. My solution seems to be to buy an external eSATA enclosure and add a eSATA card. The card would be a separate controller so not limited by the current issue. Does this make sense? ------------------------------------------------------ I'd be looking for an enclosure with at least two drive bays -- possibly four if the price difference is negligible. For the enclosure how does the connection work -- specifically do I need a eSATA card with the same number of eSATA ports as the number of drives I am looking to add or is the transfer rate higher than the hard drives transfer rate so a single connection to the enclosure is sufficient? I'd prefer one enclosure with multiple drives but I don't want to create a bottleneck so am willing to do it whichever way is best.
  6. The reason for the attempted format was because the message said something about a partition. My hope was that reformatting would have overwritten the partition. I'm not clear on what a backplane is and google did not help much. The system is an older server with a S3420GP mainboard -- the drives are in what I believe is called a cage -- basically a thing that holds four drives and makes them swappable. I don't have physical access to the machine at the moment but I guess I could try plugging the drive in directly to the motherboard. I don't think there is any place for it to physically go but just for testing purposes that would tell me if it is the drive or not. This has been an ongoing issue where the previous drive in that slot would sometimes work then go offline and then with rebooting I could get it to come back online but it was always short lived and it would always go offline again.
  7. NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT loop0 7:0 0 9.1M 1 loop /lib/modules loop1 7:1 0 7.1M 1 loop /lib/firmware sda 8:0 1 14.9G 0 disk └─sda1 8:1 1 14.9G 0 part /boot sdb 8:16 1 5.5T 0 disk └─sdb1 8:17 1 5.5T 0 part sdc 8:32 1 5.5T 0 disk └─sdc1 8:33 1 5.5T 0 part sdd 8:48 1 2.7T 0 disk └─sdd1 8:49 1 2.7T 0 part sde 8:64 1 5.5T 0 disk sdf 8:80 1 5.5T 0 disk └─sdf1 8:81 1 5.5T 0 part sdg 8:96 1 111.8G 0 disk └─sdg1 8:97 1 111.8G 0 part I have not formatted the drive during the rebuild process -- I keep getting that as an offer because it says it can't be mounted. I did try to format it using UD outside of the array but only after I was already having issues. The format said successful but was way too short an amount of time and then a yellow pop showed errors.
  8. Thank you for helping -- I assume it is the zip file that I am supposed to attach or is there a specific file in the zip file? It took a bit to starting and stopping the array to get the status to go from red x to blue square but eventually it did and then when I tried to rebuld it went back to red x castle-diagnostics-20211214-2054.zip
  9. I have a 5 hard drive + 1 SSD setup and that is plenty for my purposes. I have started to have an issue with the bottom slot on my enclosure where the drive was getting errors and unmounting and so I bought a new drive and I can't rebuild because again errors on the new drive. So I suspect the issue is with the enclosure. If I wanted to add 1 or 2 drives outside of the case what would be my best option? A quick look at the back of the case I don't think I have an eSATA port although I might have a card with an eSATA pot somewhere in my pile of old parts. I believe it is a USB 2 only motherboard but again I likely have a USB 3 card somewhere I could use. This is primarily a Plex server + NAS.
  10. My GF uses a Windows 10 VM as her business computer at a print shop so yes to Photoshop although her main software is actually Corel but obviously still a lot of Photoshop necessary. Been doing that for ~4-5 years with no complaints. The graphics card she is using is a 1050 Ti with a S2600CP mainboard and two E5-2670 CPUs. I can't remember if it has 128GB of ram or 512. This was a configuration a lot of people on here bought a few years back so dated I am sure but it works great for her purposes. The one thing I changed as about a year in I moved her main VM to a dedicated SSD. The rest of the VMs run off the cache drive but for the one she uses for graphic design it has a SSD on pass-through. Wish I could help more but i made two builds ~5 years ago and after that didn't really keep up with things but I can say Photoshop is not a problem.
  11. I started getting errors with Disk 3 and it would unmount so I ordered a replacement drive that I just installed. I start off with the blue square but when I try to rebuild the array I get a unmountable error and something about a partition incompatability. I tried to reformat the new drive outside of the array using UD and immediately got an error. Any advice on what is going on? As a novice my first impression is that there was likely nothing wrong with the drive in the first place and it is an issue with the slot on the drive cage. Does that make sense? Is there any way I could confirm this by trying different drives in different positions in the cage without ruining by data?
  12. Thank You. So it does look like there is a master diagnostics after all. Looking at this superficially I see a few errors that should probably be fixed that are not related to this problem but I don't know what I would look at to determine if the drives are failing or if the controller is the issue castle-diagnostics-20210510-0720.zip
  13. What I was looking for was what diagnostic to look at or post. My understanding is that there isn't a master diagnostic and through search I even got the impression that some diagnostics have to be posted before reboot so would be of no value now that I have rebooted many times and remove and added disks. I've just ordered two new data drives and will have them in a couple of days but I would still be interested in understanding how to diagnose an issue like this -- what do I look at/post specifically and is there anything I need to know about stuff I need to not do (like rebooting) or do (like turning on some kind of extra error logging) to create reports that are useful to pinpoint the problem.
  14. Can someone give me some insight on if I need to order new drives or how I can run some test to determine if I do. Details. 1) About two weeks ago one of my drives went offline. After removing it and putting it back in the array the drive reappeared. I was able to rebuild and everything was fine for 338 hours then the same thing happened. I can't be 100 certain it is the same drive -- it is from the same cage so I believe it is. 2) This time I can not rebuild. I tried to and I got a message about a drive had read errors. 3) SMART short self-test is no errors -- Extended self-test is running now. When this happened two weeks ago there were no errors. I do have a row highlighted UDMA CRC error count is at 121 -- Multi zone error rate has a raw value of 3. 4) A few months back the cache drive also went offline much like this data disk. I unplugged it then plugged it back in and it went back to working like normal. Normally I would assume the data drive just needs replacing -- it is 4 years and 5 months old but that there was a previous identical issue with the cache drive that was not the HD I'm concerned something else is failing. How would I determine if it is the drives or something else?
  15. I don't know what caused the problem as I didn't change any settings and haven't touched the settings in months but deleting the network.cfg file and rebooting fixed the issue. Thank you for the help.