So last week I’m computing away and start copying a rather large file to my NAS. It goes to start and then nothing. Odd. So I try to goto the built in web management console and its down. I reboot the NAS and after a lengthy delay I now have alternating flashing blue rings. The good news I can mount the file systems and I can get to the management console. The management console says “Drive B Failed”.
Ah cool! My raid 1 config saved me from the wrath of my spouse for losing the only pictures of our infant 2nd son ( I swear sometimes I think about going back to film just because of that, but digress…) . Pictures are now safe and sound on another (albeit temporary) storage solution.
So the manual says “user serviceable drives” which I take to mean - you can swap in any old drive of equal or larger size and go. So I buy a nice new 1.5TB WD Green (newegg had a great price!) and drop it in. Thinking down the road the other drive will eventually fail and I’ll just upgrade it resulting in a bigger overall NAS (after completely rebuilding the array from scratch). Thing powers up fine (again after a bit of a delay) and I can reach the management console. I go to the initialize drive section and it sees a “replacement drive”. So I tell it to initialize and it says my data will be automatically rebuilt. I say Yup do it. I saw the page saying it was formatting and then another saying it was synchronizing. And there it sat… with swirling blue lights. Eventually the status page failed to refresh. After 12hrs of waiting (and no hard drive noises) I pulled the plug. Put the new 1.5TB drive into an external enclosure to verify that its a working drive and it is. I remove the partitions. Plop it back into the NAS and repeat the process of initializing and rebuilding of the array. And there it has sat for the last 36 hrs.
So now my question is does this solution require “special” matched drives that must go through the RMA process (even though I’m well past warranty)? Or does it just need a drive of the exact same size? or is something else wrong?