Couple of questions...

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Couple of questions...

Postby jeff » Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:10 am

Hi all,

I've been reading alot about the N3200XXX and understand its going to come pre-installed with v5 FW which has "3TB HDD support"...I looked in the current HDD compatibility list but wasn't able to find anything pertaining to this model...

Is there a HDD compatibility list for this model, specifically in reference to 3TB models?

Also, this is general questions to the public; I've been searching for consumer reviews and havent had much luck finding anything. I realize its a relatively new product release, but i was wondering if anyone out there has any experience (positive/negative) with this model yet??? :)


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Re: Couple of questions...

Postby Thecus-James » Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:57 am

Hi Jeff,

The updated HDD compatibility list will be available in just a few days.


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Re: Couple of questions...

Postby abcdef » Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:23 pm

Thecus-James wrote:Hi Jeff,

The updated HDD compatibility list will be available in just a few days.



Link on the website still points to the list form 2010: ... -12-10.pdf
Can you update it to the new one if you have it?
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Re: Couple of questions...

Postby hms » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:51 pm

Does N3200xxx support wd's WD30EZRX drives ?
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Re: Couple of questions...

Postby Thecus - Kevin » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:42 am

Dear Customers,

For WD Caviar Green series, here is a official document from WD for your reference: ... 701229.pdf

Please read the paragraph at the bottom of first page:
- Business Critical RAID Environments – WD Caviar Green Hard Drives are not recommended for and are not warranted for use in RAID environments utilizing Enterprise HBAs and/or expanders and in multi-bay chassis, as they are not designed for, nor tested in, these specific types of RAID applications. For all Business Critical RAID applications, please consider WD’s Enterprise Hard Drives that are specifically designed with RAID-specific, time-limited error recovery (TLER), are tested extensively in 24x7 RAID applications, and include features like enhanced RAFF technology and thermal extended burn-in testing.

Due to this document from WD, we do NOT suggest to use WD Green Series drives to build RAID, and WD EARS, EARX or EZRX drives are not on our HDD compatibility list of N0503/N4200 series/N5500/N7700 series/N8800 series/XXX series now.

Thanks for your understanding.

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Re: Couple of questions...

Postby hms » Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:14 am

OK hint taken, but as you can guess, I was going to buy 3200XXX and i happen to have 2 of those disks, so would be nice to know if they work in 3200xxx. Sure enterprise drives would be better, but wouldn't it better to buy enterprise class nas too then ?
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Re: Couple of questions...

Postby rookie » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:02 pm

It's not that entreprise disks are better (sure they are for 24x7), but many ECO/Green drives just let the RAID-set get unstable, slow or even dissapear your data. Also these ECO/Green drives spindown a as fast as possible and the RAID-controller wants to have them online so your drive will fail more fast or get easily to the max. start/stop counts wich will give you SMART-errors.

So using a RAID-controller in which ever device or brand will require RAID-capable harddisks (at least no ECO/Green disks) to be sure it will work fine. Sure you can give it a try when you want to take the risk, but make a backup every now and then and don't be surprised to RMA your harddisks in a while.
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