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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;15479270 
Can anybody confirm what parityboy is saying, or will they work fine in RAID5 on my sig rig?

As mentioned if the drives enter recovery for more than 7-15 seconds the controller will drop them. You should look at the refurbished RE4's on newegg.

WD doesn't recommend their GP's for RAID volumes of any type.smil3dbd4e4c2e742.gif
    
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Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice;15493469 
WD doesn't recommend their GP's for RAID volumes of any type.smil3dbd4e4c2e742.gif

This^

Difference between Desktop edition and RAID (Enterprise) edition drives
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1397


"Critical: WD Caviar Black, Caviar Green, and Caviar Blue hard drives are not recommended for and are not warranted for use in RAID environments utilizing Enterprise HBAs and/or expanders and in multi-bay chassis, as they are not designed for, nor tested in, these specific types of RAID applications. For all Business Critical RAID applications, please consider WD’s Enterprise Hard Drives that are specifically designed with RAID-specific, time-limited error recovery (TLER), are tested extensively in 24x7 RAID applications, and include features like enhanced RAFF technology and thermal extended burn-in testing."

I found it interesting.
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Sigh, so they won't work?

Looks like I'll be stuck with 2TB then with 5GB free. frown.gif I can't afford to replace these stupid drives.
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I have ran 4 green drives in both a hardware raid (Perc 5/i) and software raid (mdadm) for a long time (several months to a year of uptime in each config) and I have never had any issues.

I think that is sufficient reliability for home storage.
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I have ran 4 green drives in both a hardware raid (Perc 5/i) and software raid (mdadm) for a long time (several months to a year of uptime in each config) and I have never had any issues.

I think that is sufficient reliability for home storage.

Hmmm.... Did you have to do anything special to keep them from dropping? I always disable the power options for everything in the Windows control panel anyway (sleep, hibernate, hard drive spin down, etc).

Getting mixed answers here. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;15501807 
Hmmm.... Did you have to do anything special to keep them from dropping? I always disable the power options for everything in the Windows control panel anyway (sleep, hibernate, hard drive spin down, etc).

Getting mixed answers here. frown.gif

It's just a matter of time for him. If the drives have a sector they have to recover, and take more than 7-15 seconds to do so, the RAID controller will drop them. The RE drives from WD have a TLER setting which will prevent them from entering recovery for too long.
    
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