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  1. I have a iStarUSA BPU-350SATA-BLUE Hot-Swap Cage for 5 HDDs and it still works really well after 7 years. This one might fit the bill. The only downside was that I had to modify my Azza Helios 910 case to insert it in the 5.25 drive bay (cut with a hand saw the little metal bracket use to insert optical drive). Based on the image on newegg, this might not be a problem anymore, the enclosure seems to have the little indent that wasn't on mine.
  2. Is this possible that the display glitch in version 6.6.6 (webGui/images/sum.png) is still present in version 6.6.7 or is it just me?
  3. I'm a bit late to the game but I've just bought a LSI 9207-8i from Ebay (seller qbtl seems thrustworthy, lot of reviews and lot of sales) and I'm really happy! Works out of the box, no need to flash firmware.
  4. Draven

    Parity swap

    ok, so, to sum it : 1- Stop the array 2- Shutdown the server 3-Add the new parity drive on my LSI 9207-8i card 4- Start the server 5- Preclear the drive 6- Stop the array and switch from the old 3TB to the new 4TB in the parity drive assignment 7- Start the array 8- Let unRAID rebuild parity drive on the 4TB 9- Shutdown again to put the drive from the LSI card to the SATA1 on the motherboard, removing the old 3TB 10- Start the server 11- Done? Switching the drive from my LSI Card to the motherboard is not supposed to change the drive assignment in unRAID? My last parity check is about 2 weeks old, is this OK or should I do a parity check just before the swap? Then, after the rebuild, I can preclear the old parity drive (3TB) and add it to the array? Sorry, a lot of questions, but I just want to be 100% sure... Thank you for your time, Draven
  5. Hello everyone, I will try to be as clear as possible. Here's the deal. I want to upgrade my parity drive (from 3TB to 4TB) because I will add a 4TB data drive soon. I would like to put the new parity drive in the same slot as the old parity drive (SATA1 on my motherboard). Is it possible to copy the old parity drive on the new (precleared) drive, unassigned the old parity drive, shutdown the machine, replace the old parity drive with the new one (SATA1 on my motherboard), start the machine, assign the new parity drive (with the parity data on it!) and start the array? Is this possible? Is this recommended? And if so, how can I copy the parity drive (drive assignments)? Thank you for your time, Draven
  6. Ok, I'll be reviving an 6 years old thread but the same problem happens to me with the M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 and a LSI 9207-8i Card. I was unable to boot unRAID, the computer freezed just after the bios (black screen). After a couple of research on this forum and on the web, I've tried to disable the onboard SATA and BOOM, it works... So, the problem is not only with the AOC card. It seems to be a problem with this motherboard and some SATA/SAS adapter. So, thanx to this forum, I've upgraded my M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 to the latest NON-BETA firmware (revision 3029) and it works perfectly. I'm now preclearing my new 4TB drive connected to the LSI card. All SATA ports set to AHCI, 9207-8i on latest firmware. Thank you nacat78 and everybody on this topic. Draven
  7. How long is it supposed to take for my first scan? About 5 minutes now...and no progress whatsoever...
  8. Hi dear unRAID users, Hope you're having a nice weekend. I'm in the process of upgrading my unRAID box (adding some drives, an LSI card, a SSD cache drive, give it some love...) and I have a couple of quick questions. My Antec 650W power supply has 7 sata power connectors and I will soon add more than that. I've read some horror stories about some MOLEX to SATA or SATA Power Splitter on the web and I don't want my computer and my house to catch fire. So, my first question, are they safe to use? I think about this one. If I have to change my power supply, I will but I clearly prefer to keep this one and invest in more storage. So this leads to my second question, if I have to change my power supply, which power supply offers, let's say, 15 sata power connectors? Any brand/model to recommend? Thank you for your time, Draven
  9. Ok, so since my motherboard is an Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 and expansion slots are PCIe 2.0, no real differences between those 2 cards. Except that if I upgrade my motherboard in the near future with a board that supports PCIe 3.0, Am I better to "bulletproof" my choice and opt for the 9207?
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    Hot swap cage

    Hi everybody, It might seems as a dumb question but I'm in the process of upgrading my unRAID server and I have an iStarUSA hot swap cage that I would like to get rid of, since I bought a Rosewill RSV-L4500 (with 15 internal bays). My question is, will I be able to simply remove my drives from the cage and plug it directly into the same motherboard port without running into any kind of troubles? Or will I have to do something special before doing so? Thank you for your time. Edit : typo
  11. Hi everybody, I'm currently in the process of upgrading my unRAID server and I would like some recommandations about which LSI card to choose. Right now, my 2 choices are : 9211-8i (already flashed in IT mode) or 9207-8i (works ootb, according to the unRAID compatibility list) The 9207-8i is cheaper than the 9211-8i but no big deal here, I want to buy a quality card. I'm also open to suggestions and experiences with one of these cards or any other cards and your degree of satisfaction. Thank you for your time.
  12. Let's start from the beginning. I built an unRAID 3 or 4 years ago with unRAID Server Plus license and I'm now in the process of upgrading it because it still run on version: 5.0-rc8a. I can really see your reaction, I know...I'm a bad guy but hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. So, I have a couple of questions for the community before diving head first in the upgrade process. First, since I'll probably upgrade the unRAID host machine, I would really like to virtualize it under ESXi 6.5 BUT without having to reformat all my drives and move around 15TB of data. Is this possible? Secondly, I've seen a lot of good things online about the IBM M1015 controller and its ability to passthrough with ESXi so, if you can confirm this and a perfect compatibility with unRAID under ESXi, I'll probably buy a couple of these and flash it with the recommended firmware. Thirdly, will I have to passthrough a dedicated NIC to unRAID or a virtual one will do the trick? Fourthly, I'll run pfSense from the same box and probably a couple of Windows and/or Linux VM so, what kind of hardware can support this setup? pfSense doesn't need much so I don't think that I need a really powerful machine for them (unRAID and pfSense) but I would like to have some feedback from others. I have on hand an AMD Phenom II X4 945 or 965 Black Edition (can't remember exactly, but I can confirm upon request) on an Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 or an Intel Q6600 on a P5K. From what I have read on the web, both of these boards don't support passthrough so, I'm looking at the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0. I would really like to find a board compatible with passthrough that I can use one of the processor I have on hand so, I can cut down the cost a little bit. I'll probably throw 16 or 32GB RAM, depending on the feedback I'll receive of this post. And, am I forced to use ECC ram for ESXi or non-ECC will do just fine? Finally, will the upgrade process from unRAID 5.0-rc8a to the latest version is doable without breaking anything? For now, that's about it. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to read and answer my post. Have a nice day.
  13. Thank you all for your replys, Indeed, I forgot to mention that all my drives are exactly the same (5 WD30EFRX (1 parity + 4 data drives)). The cache drive will be another WD30EFRX. And I always preclear my drive at least one time each. So, if I understand well, it's a YES. Thank you Draven
  14. Dear fellows unRAIDer, I have a quick noob question. I would like to order another 3TB hard drive, preclear it and have it ready in case of a data or parity drive failure. Lesser my RAID will run in a degraded state, better I'll be. But, I'm not a big fan of "sleeping" money so, I'll probably use this drive as a cache drive. So my question is, will it be possible to "uncache" it and use it to replace a data drive in case of a failure? Thank you Draven
  15. Hi everybody, Finally, both drives have successfully passed the preclear. Maybe I was just a little too paranoid. I'm now an happy 15TB array unRAID user! Thank you very much Draven