03-19-2012 11:23 AM
If you add a drive, the WD software has some fancy code that make it a RAID 5. Just pop the drive in and follow the instructions on the LCD.
This is what I read, I will be testing it later this week.
Also, this will only work with the SAME Enterprise drives. 2TB or 3TB drives. Only 3 models exist. Check the WD Dashboard for specifics.
If you put any other drive in the server, you will get a message on the LCD.
03-20-2012 12:55 PM
This is correct, the Sentinel will automatically switch to RAID 5 when more than 2 drives are installed. AFAIK support to 3 TB drives will be added with a firmware update.
03-30-2012 02:21 PM
Too add to information regarding the expansion of the Sentinel, if you put two additional drives in at the same time. The Sentinel will build to RAID 5 on the third drive, then add the fourth into the RAID and build again, the whole process will take around 48 hours.
03-30-2012 08:05 PM
Also, once you expand the array, you can't go back. Just something to consider.
I looked into the RAID software of the sentinel- it uses Intel RST of course. Has anyone tried tweaking the RST software to gain control over the type of RAID array utilized?
04-01-2012 02:40 PM
I have not seen convert from raid 1 to raid 5 in RST? I think WD is working in front of this and there would be no tweaks. But I have the Intel control panel software herre somewhere. May look at it.
What's the worst that can happen? (anyone say brick?)
04-01-2012 04:25 PM
I got it installed, did a reboot. They only thing that happens is a windows opens with some details of the OS. Clicking on a blue tab on the right does nothing. I don't get the usual windows with a few icon on the top. Bummer. Stumped.