By the way, I should add a word of warning about 18.104.22.168. When I tried to format my 5xwd15eads in xfs, it froze towards the end of the (long!) operation. I thought it was related to xfs, so I formatted using ext3 and it was fine for a week or so, except that I noticed that the n5200 seemed to sometimes disappear from the network map. Yesterday, the NAS was frozen again and all shares disconnected after a long copy operation, so I've downgraded to 22.214.171.124 which has always been rock solid for me (can't install more recent until they fix the version of Samba from 126.96.36.199 which is incompatible with offline files). As far as I know, samba has not been updated in 188.8.131.52 or 184.108.40.206.
I have exactly the same disks and am running 220.127.116.11. I upgraded to this firmware after upgrading to these drives since with the previous "stable" release my write speeds dropped alarmingly. Happy to say in my case, so far no issues.
I just saw that you are using Samsung's HD501LJ like I am. I am still running FW 2.00.10 since there were so many warnings from Thecus about 2.01.xx Releases with regard to the Samsung and some other drives:
"!!! WARNING !!! For the NAS with the following WD or Samsung HDD, DO NOT APPLY Firmware 2.01.09 and beta 2.01.10.x. There have been some cases reporting this firmware may cause below HDD degraded or even RAID N/A. - WD5001ABYS-01YNA - WD10EACS - WD RE2-GP WD1000FYPS - Samsung HD103UJ 1AA0 - Samsun HD753LJ - SAMSUNG HD501LJ "
Is your system running without any problems? What do you think is the safest and most stable FW in connection with Samsung HD501LJ drives? ( I am using a 5200 Non-Pro, if that is of any matter)?
Thanks for your (or other's) opinion!
Best regards Phaedrus
Thecus N5200 (Non-Pro) FW 2.00.10 5 x Samsung 500 GB (HD501LJ) RAID 5 APC USB
For the NAS with the following WD or Samsung HDD, DO NOT APPLY Firmware 2.01.09 and beta 2.01.10.x. There have been some cases reporting this firmware may cause below HDD degraded or even RAID N/A. - WD5001ABYS-01YNA - WD10EACS - WD RE2-GP WD1000FYPS - Samsung HD103UJ 1AA0 - Samsun HD753LJ - SAMSUNG HD501LJ "
I am running an n5200 (non-pro) with 5 samsung HD154ui drives (1.5 tb each). I built the raid from scratch on 2.00.16 which I'm still running.
Any reason to believe I should avoid 2.01.* ?? I'm assuming I'd go to the latest which looks like might be 2.01.17
I'm now looking on thecus.com and they have 2.00.18.4 so it looks like they've possibly abandoned the 2.01 branch altogether for N5200 and instead continued down the 2.00 branch with the Samba fixes, Gmail TLS support, etc.
Thecus N5200 (non-pro) running 2.00.18.5 (really, it's not a beta!) 5 x Samsung 1.5 TB HD154UI
FYI, I just got brave and upgraded my N5200b to the version 3 firmware from the link referred to in the above post. All seems great! I was coming from 2.00.04. I have 5 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB drives in RAID 5. No problems whatsoever during the upgrade process and now accessing the NAS is much faster. I also like the new interface.