Hello all, I am curious about whether many people are using hdds larger than 1TB for their non-pro 5200s. Of course, the non-pros aren't officially meant to take hdds of larger than 1TB, but a few reports have been made that it is possible, or at least been attempted.
My curiosity is primarily about the 2TB hdds, and whether people have been experiencing any issues using them in their NAS. Because it appears that the 1.5TB have been more successful, or perhaps more readily tried out.
I'd love to hear from you if you have been using these sizes in your 5200 non-pros, and how they have coped so far! Are particular firmware upgrades necessary? Is it restricted to hdd manufacturer? Cheers
Decided to take the plunge and upgraded my 5 years old Thecus N5200BR (Non-Pro) with 2 TB drives, replacing 5 x 320GB Seagate drives. Upgraded RAM also from 256 MB DIMM (factory) to 1 GB KINGSTON ValueRam 1GB DDR 400MHz PC3200 - KVR400X64C3A/1G
Firmware Version : 2.00.16 (Had no problems in the past, and decided to maintain the same version)
Drives : 5 x Samsung Spinpoint F4EG HD204UI (firmware: 1AQ1) in RAID 5
RAID Creation Time : 33 Hours
Assembled the RAID from scratch, with no migration or extend.
All went well, and 48 hours after, all is Up and Running. Disks are getting hard cause i'm in the process of populating the RAID. The Samsung Disks are much quieter than the Seagates, and it seems they run a little cooler also. As you can see in the attachment the 30 C shown in the disk temperature are nice, cause the capture was taken during the process of copy the info back to the RAID. No differences in access time (Read or Write) , but the interface is a little more faster (meaning the RAM upgrade is usefull).