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I can get an old G-SPEED eS Pro XL12 for pretty much whatever I decide to pay for it. thumb.gif

Good. Right..? eh-smiley.gif

Thing is I am not too sure what it can actually do, aside from having twelve 1TB drives that I could pull out of it. I will likely be able to get it for less than the cost of the drives... but... before I speak to the guy I want be prepared, I need to know what it is actually worth to me, what it can actually do all alone if hooked up to my PC, what it has inside the box. Aaaaand, G-Tech is not helping me, because they don't support their products at all once they are sold to someone else. I would use it to edit video, I know what I need for that, I just don't know much about this piece of hardware.

1. Does this have a RAID controller? Or just a card that allows it to connect to a RAID controller?

2. Can it be made to run silent? When he fired it up it was as loud as a sharknado, with a fan unit and the two PSU's being the culprits.

3. All the G-Tech guy told me before he hung up was that I would need to find out the IP for the device if I wish to be able to connect to it. How and why?
post #2 of 8
it's just a jbod enclosure.

you have to attach it to a raid card in a separate case via an sff-8088 cable

maxes out at 24tb. so 2 tb drive support only.

silent is a relative term.

these are meant to be run in data centers so noise isn't an issue.

it may be to you.

do you have pictures?

i've looked up their site and ebay and they both show wildly different configs.
Edited by Master__Shake - 8/3/17 at 7:18pm
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@OP

I did some digging. Here you go. smile.gif
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that one has an 8088 mini sas

this one

http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-Technology-G-Speed-XL12-12TB-GSP-12-35-12TB-Hitachi-HDT721010SLA360-2/311911260755

built in raid and fiber channel.

op you better know what you are buying.
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post #5 of 8
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Right, that is why I am trying to ask questions before I pay.

I do want the controller. The main thing for me is being able to get 650MB/s with some kind of safety net like RAID-5 at least.

The box I am looking at has three of the SFF-8088 ports which were labled SAS CH 1/E, SAS CH 0 and SAS Exp. It also had a phoner looking port, like an ethernet cable but a bit smaller, which was labled Terminal. It also didn't have a little blue-screened unit in the top left tray, this one has 12 drives.
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If you are going to run 12 disks with a RAID 5 you are asking for problems. Please run at least RAID 6 (if possible) with hot spare. If not, raid 5 with 2 hot spares. Regularly check the drives and make sure they are okay.

Otherwise it doesn't seem like a bad piece of equipment. thumb.gif


BTW, when you put the drives in, use a label maker and label each drive with their serial number. You will thank me later for it. Also label each of the hot spares too if you can.


Edit:

SAS 1 and SAS 0 are for the 2 sas channels on the raid card. I recommend populating both. SAS Ext is for expanding to another raid box.
 
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So the unit I am talking about doesn't have a RAID card, correct? Just trying to be 100% clear.

If I bought that other unit on ebay (the one with the RAID card built in, the one linked by MAster_Shake), would I be able to run both on RAID-6 without any other purchases other than cables?
Edited by VideoPro1234 - 8/4/17 at 6:57pm
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So the unit I am talking about doesn't have a RAID card, correct? Just trying to be 100% clear.
If I bought that other unit on ebay (the one with the RAID card built in, the one linked by MAster_Shake), would I be able to run both on RAID-6 without any other purchases other than cables?

If you buy the one with the RAID card, you will have the option of creating a RAID 6 array on the box itself, so the host server will see a single block storage device of whatever capacity. In that case, you would simply buy a "plain Jane" SAS adapter with an external SFF-8088 port and install it into the host server. If you buy the one without the RAID, the host server will see 12 drives of whatever capacity each, and it will be up to the host server to configure them into a RAID array. In that case, you would simply buy a RAID card with an external SFF-8088 port and installit into the host server.

In either case , you will need an SFF-8088 cable.


According to the page I linked, the RAID card it comes with is actually installed in the host server, not the box itself. The box itself is just a JBOD DAS. So all you would need would be the appropriate cables.
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