Hi fellow Sharespace users. I’ve been doing lots of reading on the new “advanced format” drives from WD (eg WD20EARS) and have to admit I’m confused on their suitability for the Sharespace (any version).
I know the 2TB version has “EADS” series drives installed and from my readings to date there seem to be two main differences between the “EADS” and “EARS” drives (excluding stuff like cache). Firmware tweaks (wdidle and tler) and 512b Vs 4Kb sector size.
Ignoring the firmware stuff (lots already out there), I was wondering if the most recent versions of the Sharespace (eg 8TB) have the EARS installed, or are they being shipped still with the earlier model of drive?
I guess my real question is whether the Sharespace firmware supports this new 4K sector size natively, or do the new EARS drives need to be “jumpered” (pins 7-8) for behave like the earlier model.
I could only fine one short post about these drives and this NAS so wanted to see what others were deciding on.