Keexrean Posted June 30, 2020 Share Posted June 30, 2020 Hi people! Whether you're running unraid in an refurb enterprise server or in a brand new case boasting a ludicrous amount of DDR4 and an Epyc processor, or have a threadripper or a janktastic set of garbagio parts that assembled themselves through dark magic into a server, there is one thing we, at 99.9% have all in common with unraid: we use an USB stick to boot. And that's where I'm having some concern today. No, I won't be like 'why not use something else', that's not the point. It's more like "what usb drive to use" My unraid server has been running strong for 3 years on the same USB stick. No write error, nothing, everything's great! Or almost. That drive is an idon'tremmemberhowmany years old 8GB JetFlash drive that's missing its plastic housing, wraped in kapton tape. I have an esxi box with a drive from 2007, missing its housing too, wrapped in greasy electrician tape. (I also have a "naked" SSD... I'm a monster 😲) And since I'll be expanding the number of servers in my humble ratsnest of a flat, I decided to replace the old drives from which my boxes are booting, and buy some extra for the new ones. The issue is, it's proven quite hard knowing which drive manufacturer to trust when it comes to this. I already completely ruled out Sandisk. They have been known to produce drives that aren't capable of being boot drive, not following official USB specs. How the f. This thread is quite interresing on the matter, basically linux can't enumerate the drive. Since I'm gonna order like 10 keys, I don't want to have 10 useless tokens of industrial failure. Kingston I had a bad time with once, Transcend several times, but I also owned a lot of transcend keys, and some... well are still holding so far 13years strong. And looking at customer review, basically every key I look up has its fair share of catastrophic failures (like breaking randomely, DoA or stupidly slow speeds, USB3.1 drives running at 1.1 speed). And most comparative reviews are made on sheer speed-and-housinglook&sturdiness-to-price, not durability over years of being powered on. So here's what I'm looking for: Is there some of you who have been running multiple identical pendrives over the years who can give a fair opinion on their speed and, most importantly, reliability? I'm basically looking for 8gig (max 16gigs) pendrives with usb3.0 and up, and just decent enough speeds, that with your experience with that particular drive, you would say it won't mind living next a PSU inside a server, with a raging hot CPU and ram bank puking an heat-wave at it, for years, 24/7. I'm keeping religious backups of my bootdrives, but since I host services for other people, including on opposing time zones, I have no hour acceptable to be a down time longer than a simple reboot (which is long enough already, long POST board.), and I prefer stuff to just WORK and not fail, for some madly inconceivable reason. TLDR: if it's easy for most components, a "server-booting usb drives: almanac of great ones" post is hard to come across. Quote Link to comment
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