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Didnt realize we were talking about a specific model of toshiba drives as far as failure rate goes. I perfer seagate to toshiba. But make your own choice. I do agree with keeping a spare or two around though.
 
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I normally don't wipe my disks first, but lots of people do. When I wipe disks I just use DBAN.

Yeah, sorry. I was talking about the new Toshibas, not their original drives that they designed. I wouldn't recommend those.
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I normally don't wipe my disks first, but lots of people do. When I wipe disks I just use DBAN.

Yeah, sorry. I was talking about the new Toshibas, not their original drives that they designed. I wouldn't recommend those.

So the new ones (the model you recommended) are not the original ones? Aka, they are "safe" to use?
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So the new ones (the model you recommended) are not the original ones? Aka, they are "safe" to use?

I havent used the new ones, but you probably wont have a problem. Yea the old ones sucked, but if they got those kinks out I would give it a go!
 
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I havent used the new ones, but you probably wont have a problem. Yea the old ones sucked, but if they got those kinks out I would give it a go!

Alright. I'm going to buy two of those then and hope for the best. Hmm, I need to get mini-SAS to SATA connectors aswell, do you know where I could get those in Scandinavia? Also, how do you guys monitor SMART values and get notifications if a disk is about to die? Currently I'm just using smartmontools on Linux and HDD Guardian on Windows and monitoring them manually, with the M1015 controller I hope I'll be able to setup some sort of monitoring which does it automatically.
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When the smart takes effect, you can hear the difference. Then I run a chkdsk on the drive, or monitor the health with the bios raid utility (servers)
 
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Only had the 3 TB reds for a few months now so I can't do any longevity reviews, but a few off my friends and I purchased 16 of these drives from Amazon and not a single DOA. Was pretty impressed. As far as OEM drives go, the Amazon no hassle packaging secures them very well.
    
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Only had the 3 TB reds for a few months now so I can't do any longevity reviews, but a few off my friends and I purchased 16 of these drives from Amazon and not a single DOA. Was pretty impressed. As far as OEM drives go, the Amazon no hassle packaging secures them very well.

That's good to hear then, what speed do you guys think I'll be getting on read/writes?
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Haven't benched reads, but for writes 120-155MB/s. Setup is FlexRaid pooling + parity with 4 data and 1 parity drive. Nice part is they are silent since my server/HTPC is in my bedroom (basically a studio apartment)
    
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Right, so I have hit a small wall here. Basically as I expressed earlier I'd like to have separate machines for different roles. One for handling storage, one for handling VPN, one for handling downloads, and so on. However, I've just tried installing vSphere 5 on the machine, and it does detect the controller, however, how do I manage the raid from it? I was assuming I could pass it through to one of the VM's (preferably the storage one) and install the MegaRAID Storage Manager software on there to manage it, but apparently again my motherboard does not support IOMMU. My motherboard is an ASUS M5A78L-M (cheapest I could find with support for the CPU and all the video outputs I need). What would you guys do in this situation?

Oh yeah, the raid controller is an IBM M1015. The machine has 16GB of DDR3 memory and an AMD FX-8350 CPU.
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