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It seems I was finally able to sort out this HDD failure problem.
Since I had to check all power cables, I decided to DIY rebuild all PSU modular cables with calculated length and connectors. biggrin.gif
I used standard AC power cable with 4 wires: 4G0.75 or 18AWG, which happens to be the same size used on Enermax modular cables biggrin.gif
Brown: 12V Black: GND Earth: GND Grey: 5V

Now one PSU modular peripheral connector (5-pin) powers 8 hard disk drives max. Line allocation:
0: cages 1 to 8 (4x2.5"+4x3.5", 1.0TB RAID6, 2.0TB RAID0, Velociraptor)
1: cages 9 to 16 (8x3.5", 1.5TB RAID5 and 3.0TB RAID5)
2: cages 17 to 24 (8x3.5", 6.0TB RAID6)
3: all optical drives, light and top dock
4: expansion cards and external aux. power

Lines are now allocated as to separate power between sensitive RAID arrays and optical drives, in particular the 8-drive RAID6 and the 2.5"+VM.
All connectors have been thoroughly dry contact-cleaned.

Now I am testing the supposedly "faulty" backplane (cages 9 to 12) with 4 recycled old 500GB drives and a 1.0TB RAID6. It seems to work properly, 14% and going, with the previous power setup at just 1% the drives would start cycling off and on probably due to a faulty contact or wire and then marked "dead" by the controller card.

Now there's another problem: power failure on the RE4 drives has damaged them! madsmiley.pngmadsmiley.png even the two RMA'd ones. I just checked one of those two, it detected bad sectors and upon attempted repair it said "Error!". I'm afraid all 4 drives have suffered this damage, so... here we RMA again... mad.gifmadsmiley.png
    
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post #182 of 236
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The RAID6 with rubbish drives completed initialization without problems and is in OK status now. You can tell when the controller finds the damaged sectors in the drives though (speed drops 60%).
I was able to restore two RE4 drives to normal functioning via quick LLF, since the bad sectors were within first or last million sectors that are erased by quick LLF. For another two drives, I have to perform full LLF (2.5 hours ea.) to see if I can restore them. And of course, I should perform full LLF for the already-quick-restored drives to ensure for no bad sectors in areas not covered by the quick SMART test.
Anyway, once I am able to restore all 4 drives, two could be destined to the temp data RAID0 in place of the WD10EARS and the other two... maybe external high speed RAID drive? biggrin.gif
    
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Or I could recycle the two non-recertified drives back in the cage with two new WD1003FBYX and move the recertified ones as temp data? biggrin.gif
    
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Meanwhile, I was able to use WDIDLE3 to disable the Intellipark feature of all my Green drives. cool.gif now I don't have to worry anymore about LCC in my 6.0TB RAID6.
What's worries me now is power-on hours of these old Green drives (from 2008-2009 biggrin.gif). The two EACS are about 5,500+, while four EADS hover around 7,500+ hours. But the last two EADS drives are 14,000+ one and 15,500+ hours the other... SMART attribute's down to 80% residual lifetime.
    
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Right now I find out I forgot to tie up two cables... next time. biggrin.gif



    
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Decided to use the two refurbished drives they sent me in the 4-drive array but with RAID6 instead of RAID5. Warranty of those will expire 12/25/13, then I'll decide what to do, maybe buy two new FBYX and move the refurbished ones to RAID0 temp space, keeping the two EARS drives as spares for the 8-drive RAID6. Or something else biggrin.gif
For that time, have to get a new IEEE1394b card also: the TI based one would crash the system in case of bus errors, this LSI does not but has an awful performance when paired with an Oxford 934DSB SATA controller: 65MB/s read, just 25MB/s write. mad.gif could get the Delock dual-channel quad-port but that's $150... I see some nice Exsys cards too.

RAID6 initialization: 15%
    
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The second VR is here. Now 500GB for virtual machines that perform like an old SSD. biggrin.gif
    
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Good news and bad news.
Good news is that I was able to recover the 4x500GB RAID5 after one HDD was marked as broken. Unfortunately after wiping it out and reinserting it, upon rebuild it was detected with 464.75GB total capacity... and 931.52 configurable capacity. rolleyes.gifbiggrin.gif so I had to delete the RAID5, wipe out all four HDDs and rebuild it, now it works OK.

Bad news is... must be something wrong with the Spitfire, cause my Quadro has now an idle temperature of 60 and if I launch Premiere it goes into overheating protection reaching 95. mad.gif
    
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Made some Quadro revamping: replaced all M2.5 screws with new ones, removed four nylon washers to augment heatsink retention force by 40%, there's a little frame deformation, hope it doesn't short out anything. rolleyes.gif will check out performance.
    
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It seems I will have to rethink ALL the cooling department.

IN fact, the cleaned heatsink gets better temps, but I found out Adobe Media Encoder CS6 uses full CUDA+CPU, and with this setup the GPU reaches 85 degrees in no time.
It might also be some problems with the Spitfire heatpipes that don't fully work anymore, for this I have a spare new Spitfire to check.
I will have to swap GPU heatsink orientation back to the up position, but this will mean that I have to ditch and sell the two Noctua NH-D14s :-(
Must find something else...

On to V3.0...
    
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