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N7700Pro V5.00.00.XX Adds 4K Support WD "EARS" Drives
#1
Hey Everyone

Thecus has posted a Beta of V5 that adds 4K format support so we can now add 2TB drives that only cost $90 instead of $400 RE4 drives and according to other posts made by Thecus staff should add 3TB drive support as well.

Has anyone tried this yet? is the UI new as well?

Changes List
0. This is just a beta, not official release.
1. Upgraded Linux kernel from 2.6.23 to 2.6.33.
2. Added 4K alignment to support WD EARS HDD while creating a new RAID.
Note. Mixing up 4K alignment HDD and non-4K HDD is not recommended.
Either the RAID rebuilding will fail or the RAID performance
will be quite bad.
3. Disabled Wireless AP mode.
4. Fixed the infinite folder tree in WebDisk.
5. Added EXT4 file system support while creating a new RAID.
6. Fixed the hidden attribute issue while upload files to the NAS via
WebDisk.
7. Added a selectable option in admin web interface to fix the file size
536.9MB issue when MAC computer browse the NAS share folder via samba.
8. Fixed the file hidden issue while changing a share folder from public
to ACL in ZFS RAID.
9. The settings of "Folder Limit" are limited to Maximum 10 folders.
NAS History

N5200 Firmware 2.00.15 5X750 Seagate Raid 5

N7700Pro Firmware 5.02.02 7X2TB WD RE4
Plus 64Bit Dom Upgrade Now
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.03.09 7X2TB WD RE4
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.04.06a 7X2TB WD RE4
CPU Upgrade to Intel T7600 @ 2.33Ghz
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.04 7X2TB WD RE4
Upgrade to WD Gold 6TB
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.14.4 7X6TB WD Gold

Total of 3 N7700Pro V2s

Migrating to N7770-10G started
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#2
Before I had a chance to upgrade looks like a new version has been added 5.00.00.12 with a change log for .10 and .11


N0503/N4200/1U4600/N5500/N7700 series/N8800 series beta firmware v5.00.00.12

!!! Many current modules working with FW 3.0x.xx WILL NOT WORK with FW 5.00.xx !!!
It is caused by kernel and app differences. New modules for FW 5 will be
available when FW 5 officially released. Could be Nov. or Dec.

0. This is just a beta, not official release.
1. Automatically disable all installed modules while NAS firmware
upgrading from 3.xx.xx to 5.00.00.12 or above. Old and not working
modules will have an exclamation mark "!" for reminder.
2. Added "User Quota" support.
1) Value "0" means "User Quota Disabled"
2) A quota setting will be applied across multiple RAID volumes.
3) "User Quota" is implemented in EXT3, EXT4, and XFS RAID; however,
ZFS just has "Folder Quota" support.
4) When using "User Quota" in a Master and XFS RAID, disabling quota
might not take effective until the NAS reboots.
5) When "User Quota" full, the user will have 10% tolerance within
7 days; thus he can do some data moving and deleting temporarily.
6) System log and Email Notification will remind the users whose "User
Quota" reached the limit at 24:00 everyday.
7) The status of "User Quota" across multiple RAID will be displayed
on "User Quota" setup page.
8) It may take long time to enable the "User Quota" the 1st time.
9) "User Quota" is calculated by UID in the NAS.
10) When users put data into a public folder, the used capacity will
not be added to quota calculation. Also, data copied through
WebDisk will not be calculated either.
3. Patched Linux kernel to 2.6.33.7.
4. Added "Optimized Block Size" option in [System Network > Samba/CIFS]
The default setting is enabled. Disabling it can fix the issue that
Windows Explorer saw about 20% difference between "Size" and "Size on
disk" while browsing some data copied to the NAS.
5. Revised the RAID assemble mechanism. A forced assembly will be allowed
automatically while "last update time" and "event id" have limited
differences on every HDD's superblock.
6. Revised the module flow in NAS firmware.
7. Upgraded IPP printer server driver (CUPS) to 1.4.4.
8. File info:
2010/11/09 19:51 63,106,912 Thecus_NAS_FW_beta_5.00.00.12.bin
MD5(Thecus_NAS_FW_beta_5.00.00.12.bin)= 7f77b25633fb8789998b2f580ba96ff5


Change list for v5.00.00.11
1. Improved performance for Netbench throughput.
2. Added UPS support for APC Smart-UPS SMT750.


Change list for v5.00.00.10
1. Re-designed firmware upgrade flow.
2. Added RAID Wizard support.
3. Added new features in admin web UI.
1) Pop-up news
2) On-line help
3) Search in Tree menu
4) Top group button
5) Navigator
6) Selectable option to disable/enable Flash on admin login page
4. Added "server signing = auto" in smb.conf for the Federal Desktop Core
Configuration (FDCC).
5. Fixed the iTunes 10.0.0.x issue that iTunes library and playlists
appear empty. However, new iTunes 10.0.1.22 also fixed the compati-
bility issue and no need to patch from NAS firmware.
6. Fixed the issue that NAS would not show up under SHARED tree in MAC
finder.
7. Added the product ID 0x1009 of Tripp Lite UPS AVR550U.
8. Added "Allocated Buffering Size" option in "SMB/CIFS for MAC". The
default setting is enabled. Disabling it can fix the issue that MAC
saw a 536.9MB file thru SMB connection even if the real size is 1MB.
9. Fixed the issue that Nsync FTP just supports a single file up to 2GB.
10. Remove wireless LAN support. Both AP mode and client mode will not
support since FW 5.00.00.10.
NAS History

N5200 Firmware 2.00.15 5X750 Seagate Raid 5

N7700Pro Firmware 5.02.02 7X2TB WD RE4
Plus 64Bit Dom Upgrade Now
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.03.09 7X2TB WD RE4
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.04.06a 7X2TB WD RE4
CPU Upgrade to Intel T7600 @ 2.33Ghz
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.04 7X2TB WD RE4
Upgrade to WD Gold 6TB
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.14.4 7X6TB WD Gold

Total of 3 N7700Pro V2s

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#3
Upgrade Done..... Running 5.00.00.12

Nice UI changes, things are in better places and some new features.


Ordering my 2TB ED EARS drives within a week or so. Will keep everyone posted.

Upgrade was flawless.
NAS History

N5200 Firmware 2.00.15 5X750 Seagate Raid 5

N7700Pro Firmware 5.02.02 7X2TB WD RE4
Plus 64Bit Dom Upgrade Now
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.03.09 7X2TB WD RE4
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.04.06a 7X2TB WD RE4
CPU Upgrade to Intel T7600 @ 2.33Ghz
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.04 7X2TB WD RE4
Upgrade to WD Gold 6TB
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.14.4 7X6TB WD Gold

Total of 3 N7700Pro V2s

Migrating to N7770-10G started
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#4
Picked up 3 drives to get things started .... Will post updates later today
NAS History

N5200 Firmware 2.00.15 5X750 Seagate Raid 5

N7700Pro Firmware 5.02.02 7X2TB WD RE4
Plus 64Bit Dom Upgrade Now
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.03.09 7X2TB WD RE4
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.04.06a 7X2TB WD RE4
CPU Upgrade to Intel T7600 @ 2.33Ghz
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.04 7X2TB WD RE4
Upgrade to WD Gold 6TB
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.14.4 7X6TB WD Gold

Total of 3 N7700Pro V2s

Migrating to N7770-10G started
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#5
Raid is 30% built.......

Does anyone know if the quick build is good or is the slow build better ????
NAS History

N5200 Firmware 2.00.15 5X750 Seagate Raid 5

N7700Pro Firmware 5.02.02 7X2TB WD RE4
Plus 64Bit Dom Upgrade Now
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.03.09 7X2TB WD RE4
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.04.06a 7X2TB WD RE4
CPU Upgrade to Intel T7600 @ 2.33Ghz
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.04 7X2TB WD RE4
Upgrade to WD Gold 6TB
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.14.4 7X6TB WD Gold

Total of 3 N7700Pro V2s

Migrating to N7770-10G started
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#6
The array is finished and in the middle of copying over 2.4 TB of Data from the N5200 to the N7700Pro

So far no problems or errors


Used 3 X 2TB 4K strip raid 5
NAS History

N5200 Firmware 2.00.15 5X750 Seagate Raid 5

N7700Pro Firmware 5.02.02 7X2TB WD RE4
Plus 64Bit Dom Upgrade Now
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.03.09 7X2TB WD RE4
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.04.06a 7X2TB WD RE4
CPU Upgrade to Intel T7600 @ 2.33Ghz
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.04 7X2TB WD RE4
Upgrade to WD Gold 6TB
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.14.4 7X6TB WD Gold

Total of 3 N7700Pro V2s

Migrating to N7770-10G started
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#7
Good to see someone dares to take the risk with fw 5.x and posts user experiences Wink

Did you already do some performance tests? Check http://www.808.dk/?code-csharp-nas-performance

Also very curious to hear about which modules do and which don't work (especially SSH/SYSUSER and INFO)

Thanks again.
Worked with:
N5200, 5200pro, N2100, N299, N2200
Own now:
unit: N4200 (fw 5.01.05)
modules: SSH/Sysuser, Webdisk(broken!), IPCAM, USB-copy, USB_ESATA backup, DLM2
disks: Samsung HD501LJ (2), WD WD1503FYYS (2)
raid: 0 + 0
filesystem: EXT4
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#8
Still have about 600GB to copy from the N5200 to the N7700Pro

Going at 35MB/s through my PC

I will run the test as soon as its done.


And will test modules also..



I had to take the risk I was not paying $300 for a raid edition when I can pay $89, and have a couple spare drives on the side incase I loose one.... plus a couple 3TB drives on external for backup and its still less then the 300 per drive for RE4's
NAS History

N5200 Firmware 2.00.15 5X750 Seagate Raid 5

N7700Pro Firmware 5.02.02 7X2TB WD RE4
Plus 64Bit Dom Upgrade Now
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.03.09 7X2TB WD RE4
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.04.06a 7X2TB WD RE4
CPU Upgrade to Intel T7600 @ 2.33Ghz
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.04 7X2TB WD RE4
Upgrade to WD Gold 6TB
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.14.4 7X6TB WD Gold

Total of 3 N7700Pro V2s

Migrating to N7770-10G started
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#9
Running a 200MB file write on drive Y:
Iteration 1: 113.7 MB/sec
Iteration 2: 79.81 MB/sec
Iteration 3: 101.88 MB/sec
Iteration 4: 76.54 MB/sec
Iteration 5: 91.62 MB/sec
------------------------------
Average (W): 92.71 MB/sec


First round of tests, drives are at 90% full. will keep test and will try with array empty
NAS History

N5200 Firmware 2.00.15 5X750 Seagate Raid 5

N7700Pro Firmware 5.02.02 7X2TB WD RE4
Plus 64Bit Dom Upgrade Now
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.03.09 7X2TB WD RE4
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.04.06a 7X2TB WD RE4
CPU Upgrade to Intel T7600 @ 2.33Ghz
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.04 7X2TB WD RE4
Upgrade to WD Gold 6TB
N7700Pro V2 Firmware 2.05.14.4 7X6TB WD Gold

Total of 3 N7700Pro V2s

Migrating to N7770-10G started
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#10
thank you very much for your efforts and posts here... we appreciate this... it seems that the early test with 4k drives seems to be without any significant problems (block alignment / performance).

bye

tobias
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#11
Well...be aware that the RE4 drives are much faster than the WD EARS, 4k alignment or not. But indeed price is much higher.

Performance looks fine in your test. Can you also do a few large (i.e. 1gb) and small (i.e. 10mb) files with the NAS tester? Which FS are you using on your RAID-5 array?
Worked with:
N5200, 5200pro, N2100, N299, N2200
Own now:
unit: N4200 (fw 5.01.05)
modules: SSH/Sysuser, Webdisk(broken!), IPCAM, USB-copy, USB_ESATA backup, DLM2
disks: Samsung HD501LJ (2), WD WD1503FYYS (2)
raid: 0 + 0
filesystem: EXT4
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#12
Just upgraded our N8800PRO to the 5.00.00.12 beta firmware. Now it wont recognise any of our Hitachi A7K2000 drives! And I cant downgrade the firmware either. Looks like I have bricked it!!

Pat
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#13
I suspect the USB factory reset utility will help out. Search the proboard - or official forum about this or create a support ticket with Thecus support tool.
Worked with:
N5200, 5200pro, N2100, N299, N2200
Own now:
unit: N4200 (fw 5.01.05)
modules: SSH/Sysuser, Webdisk(broken!), IPCAM, USB-copy, USB_ESATA backup, DLM2
disks: Samsung HD501LJ (2), WD WD1503FYYS (2)
raid: 0 + 0
filesystem: EXT4
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#14
I just upgraded. The Ext4 filesystem is a nice upgrade. But now Samba will not start. Can you guys tell me where I can get SSH access to the unit? Thanks! I don't have that module listed.
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