I need some advice on how to proceed with an RMA return. Here is my story.
Running PleX on an 8tb PR2100 NAS (2 4tb drives) Getting near full capacity so I decided to double storage by getting 2 8tb drives with the plan of replacing the 4’s.
Before receiving the new 8’s one of the existing 4’s failed (RAID failure, drive degraded, etc) So I initiated a warranty claim. WD sent me an entirely new PR2100 with two 4tb drives.
Rather than replace enclosure I simply switched out a new 4tb with the failed one. That process got me back to normal in the existing (old) enclosure. I then started the process of replacing the 4’s with my newly purchased 8’s. One at a time, then expanded storage so existing PR2100 enclosure has two new, functioning 8tb drives.
Since it was an RMA I need to send back a PR2100 with two 4tb drives so I don’t get charged.
My question is whether I should swap out the two good 8’s (currently in my old enclosure) into the new enclosure. As I am not sure whether the 4tb failure was due to an enclosure defect or just a bad drive I would like to use the new enclosure.
But since the existing enclosure was already function on my network, RAID setup, etc., I am not sure I want to tackle more work.
Should I move the 8’s to the new enclosure and return the old one to WD or just leave it as it is with the 2 new 8’s in my “old” PR2100 enclosure?