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Back in October I decided to build a Vail test box with the intent of turning it into a production box once Vail officially came out. Since Vail's release is about as clear as mud I've decided to go ahead and load WHS V1 on this box and wait to see how things work out with Vail. I had a WD 300 GB IDE drive lying around that I used for the system and bought a WD Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB for the storage pool. Later on I bought a Samsung Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB on sale at Newegg to add to the storage pool and turn on duplication. I've been searching the forums and have read that I'll need to jumper the WD EARS drive to work with WHS V1, but can't find any info about the Samsung drive. Does the Samsung drive have any issues like the WD EARS drives? If they do, is there a jumper setting or something that will allow it to work with WHS V1? Maybe I should just get another WD EARS drive and use the Samsung for backup, that is if the Samsung works with WHS V1.

 

Thanks for any help or suggestions.

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The Samsung drive isn't an Advanced Format drive, so there is no need to jumper it. Just let it run as is. Congrats on the server setup!

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The Samsung drive isn't an Advanced Format drive, so there is no need to jumper it. Just let it run as is. Congrats on the server setup!

 

Thanks for the quick response. That's good news about the Samsung drive, I think I'm going to use the Samsung drive as a backup and get another WD drive, there is currently a $20.00 rebate on them through 1/16/2011 when bought at Amazon, Newegg, and few other places.

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The Samsung drive isn't an Advanced Format drive, so there is no need to jumper it. Just let it run as is. Congrats on the server setup!

 

Actually the F4 is an advanced format drive, and they are a royal pain to get aligned properly and added to the pool..

 

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/productmodel.do?type=94&subtype=98&model_cd=552

 

I have 4 of these and I wish I had gotten the F3's, those aren't advanced format..

 

These drives have a firmware flaw also, don't forget to apply the patch before putting any data on them:

 

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=386&page=1&faqType=QI&faqKeyword

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Yeah that is an advanced format drive and its not as easy as a WD to add to the pool. I ended up taking mine back and just used another WD instead. Was trying to save a few dollars and it wasn't worth the time to get it working for me. I would just pick up another drive and use that one for backup.

 

I wasn't aware of the firmware issue! Thanks for the heads up.

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Actually the F4 is an advanced format drive, and they are a royal pain to get aligned properly and added to the pool..

 

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/productmodel.do?type=94&subtype=98&model_cd=552

 

I have 4 of these and I wish I had gotten the F3's, those aren't advanced format..

 

These drives have a firmware flaw also, don't forget to apply the patch before putting any data on them:

 

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=386&page=1&faqType=QI&faqKeyword

 

I have the F4 in a Vail test box attached to a storage pool, would I be able to attach it to a WHS V1 box externally with an eSATA dock and use it as a backup drive? The reason I ask the question is because I don't have a WHS V1 box yet, I want to make one out of the Vail box.

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Actually the F4 is an advanced format drive, and they are a royal pain to get aligned properly and added to the pool..

 

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/productmodel.do?type=94&subtype=98&model_cd=552

 

I have 4 of these and I wish I had gotten the F3's, those aren't advanced format..

 

These drives have a firmware flaw also, don't forget to apply the patch before putting any data on them:

 

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=386&page=1&faqType=QI&faqKeyword

 

 

Good catch. I originally looked at that and like usacomp2k3 did not catch that. Most MFG are going to that so we WHS V1 users have to be cautious and stay away from these drives. There are still plenty of non-advanced format drives out there but I am sure over time it will become more difficult to find.

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Good catch. I originally looked at that and like usacomp2k3 did not catch that. Most MFG are going to that so we WHS V1 users have to be cautious and stay away from these drives. There are still plenty of non-advanced format drives out there but I am sure over time it will become more difficult to find.

 

Just to continue the beating of the dead horse. This will more than likely make v1 obsolete before the 2013 cut off for the most builders. Not completely, but its a big enough hassle that alternatives start looking more attractive. Not to mention more expensive to go with older stock. Retailers are aware of this AF drives and charge accordingly for older stock. Same thing happened when WD pulled TLER support.

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