DX4000 - some information on HD compatibility


#1

Just for general information in the last weeks I made some new install on DX4000 units and I found some information which might be useful to share.

First of all I came across a WD Enterprise with the following p/n: WD4000FYYZ-01UL1B3

A similar one is included in one of the whitelist.xml files of the latest firmware (01UL1B0). I tried to modify the whitelist file but I did not manage in any way to start the RAID rebuild or OS recovery process with these drives. I always got errors at the end of the recovery process with the USB memory sticks created with last distribution (v1.7.6.21) . However it looks like this drive can be used as replacement in case one of the other fails provided the WD drive enabler is installed. At least the recovery process started after having exchanged one of the original hard drives with this one, still have to check it is successfully completed.

Another interesting information is related to the functioning temperature of the drives. I added two RED NAS WD drives to an existing installation with 2x 3Tb drives (Enterprise, the official ones which appear in white list) also in this case after having used the WD drive enabler utility. The WD RED drive temperature is 5-6°C (10°F) lower than the corresponding enterprise drives which always reach and sometimes exceed the 50°C level. My gut feeling is that WD RED drives have much better thermal management than the Enterprise ones which were the mandatory option on the DX4000 (at least till the WD drive enabler appeared).

It is really a pity that for a first install you have to rely in any case on the Enterprise one, as the WD drive enabler can only be installed afterwards.


#2

Hello,

Thank you for sharing this.


#3

I was wondering if the drive enabler was in the 1.7.6.21 iso. So from what you say it is not.
I just hate WD quit making Windows NAS boxes.


#4

I do not think so, 1.7.6.21 only extended compatibility (luckily also for the install procedure) to the standard SE Enterprise disks which were sold till few months ago (model number ended with a 1). Previous versions were compatible only with the special versions of the SE disks dedicated to Sentinel NAS which I think were 100% identical to the ones sold everywhere but the model number changed in order to be sure Sentinel owners could only use the ones dedicated to the Sentinel NAS. These disks were of course more expansive than the identical SE versions sold everywhere (which were not cheap).

WD Drive enabler can be used on any Sentinel version and it removes (not sure to which level) most of the compatibility checks. I tried this myself only recently and indeed I managed to use WD RED disks to extened from RAID 1 to RAID5 a DX4000 as well as this SE 4Tb disk whose model number was quite “exoteric”. Pity this can be done only on WD with already installed O/S, so in any case you need to have at least two original SE disks to perform a Sentinel install or recover from scratch.


#5

FYI - I was able to whiltelist two 500GB drives, build the WD DX4000 from scratch, and then run the enabler. One of the drives was a 500GB WD Blue drive, and the other was an HGST. Haha. So it CAN be done.

In order to get the right info for the whitelist, I had to attempt the restore the storage and fail, then read the logs and use the exact information printed in the log file to identify the drives and add them to the whitelist.


#6

Hi, as reported in a more recent post I was also able to install from scratch 3 Tb WD NAS RED drives just by amending the whitelist.xml file