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If you two are resourceful, you can get prototype PCI brackets from companies that are nice. I got 2 sent to me for free that fit perfectly and have the 2 screw tabs. I don't want to say the company because it'd be mean if they all of a sudden got 100's of requests, but, if any of you went to school you'll be familiar with the process.
Thank you very much

I'm actually searching on boxes
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So I got a lot of these now:

Controller ID: 0 Patrol Read found an uncorrectable medium
error: PD --:--:4 Location 0x269e201a

Does that mean my array is doomed to have issues with read errors and corrupted data and slow speed spikes from this until i make a new array? Bleh??

Changed the cable on that bad drive. I was up to 7000 media errors on it, yet WD utility says the drive is fine still. Already 11 media errors on the new cable. The drive must be shot, but I don't think WD will RMA unless I can show a bad code in their utility. Anyone have some ideas?

Is it possible to remove a drive and shrink a VD, I imagine not.
Edited by GregOP83 - 1/12/10 at 5:03pm
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heres some tests I ran just got my new raid up pretty impressive read speeds

post #3864 of 7276
Found out the problem. The drive had over 6000 errors and tons of unrecoverable sectors. It failed SMART on about 12 categories, and not just fail but obliterated the maximum threshold for fails. So, I'm doing an advance RMA from WD.

Will my array forever be slow and show lag spikes down to 10MB/s and less now that I have sectors in the VD that are corrupt and unrecovered? Is my best bet to find a way to transfer all data off the array and delete/remake the array?
post #3865 of 7276
if you have unrecoverable errors in your array then your data is toast. If it is movies etc then you may be lucky and the errors will show up as minor artifacts or even be undetectable. If the data is photos or documents they may be unusable.
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if you have unrecoverable errors in your array then your data is toast. If it is movies etc then you may be lucky and the errors will show up as minor artifacts or even be undetectable. If the data is photos or documents they may be unusable.
Well it's mostly movies, music, games, etc. Few docs but I checked them and they all seem good. I may have lucked out. It's funny, when running in degraded mode but without the bad HD, the hd tune results are so much better. Makes sense, it's not wasting its time trying to use a drive that can't do anything right. Seeing the results with no major spikes was promising. It showed about 200MB/s on it's lowest read point and an average of 360MB/s. Better then spiking to 0.

While I had 7000 errors on one drive, unrecoverable errors were less then 15 I believe. Most the errors propped up because I was runing CC and Patrol Reads thinking they could fix the issue at first. The controller had 3 pred failure counts when I pulled it out.

Funny thing is, the drive that failed is the newest drive. I got all the previous drives from newegg but this one was oem and from microcenter ( the others were OEM too ). Go figure.
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Search didn't return a situation similar to mine so I guess I'll ask here...

Do anyone know why I can't boot into Windows once I have more than 1 VD's? I tried with a 25GB VD for OS and core programs and tried to make another 50GB for other programs. Every time I make that 50GB VD, when it tried to boot it gives me an error similar to "boot failure, please insert disk and press enter." Now once I delete that VD everything works again.

I am using this on an eVGA x58 SLi E758 on the bottom PCI-E x16 slot with 2x 8800GT in the first two PCI-E x16 slot if that helps.

Also, I haven't checked up on this thread in ages since I could never use the card on my previous 780i FTW but I can finally get the entire system chugging! I'll probably goes through the entire thread from where I left off but could someone tell me what the best F/W right now? I flashed mine to a LSi .0064 way back but any new firmwares worth flashing? I do have to say that I never thought I needed a BBU but it seems like now Write Back is automatically disabled w/o a BBU so I'm thinking about getting one.
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You should be able to select the boot VD in the card's BIOS. It sounds like you have yours pointing at the wrong array.
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You should be able to select the boot VD in the card's BIOS. It sounds like you have yours pointing at the wrong array.
I thought that was the problem when when I check the BIOS it shows the bootable array as VD 0. Then I tried switching the bootable array to VD 1 and applying the settings then changing it back to VD 0 and still the same error
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Well, i can confirm my previous post :

The brackets to use with the PERC card are the ones with the standard PCI reference : PCI 9203.

http://www.keyelco.com/products/specs/spec167.asp

I found some of these on old 3Com NIC, SCSI Raid cards, etc...
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