Hello - This is my first post here after several months of lurking and researching.
Like many, I've been waiting for DTV to offer the HR34 Genie system to us loyal customers at a reasonable price instead of just the new customers. I called yesterday and was pleased to find out that I finally qualified to get the HR34, 2 clients, SWiM, and Cinema kit - all for free. (With a 2 year contract extension of course
) So I've got that scheduled for install on March 11th.
Now the fun part. I've been reading in a couple of threads that folks have had good success with the Thermaltake and Antec enclosures, and the WD AV-GP line of drives. A normal person would take that advice and run with it. But I've decided to take one for the team and test out a different enclosure. I just ordered the Mediasonic PRORAID 4 Bay Raid Enclosure (HFR2-SU3S2)
. After a bit of looking around I found that the cheapest place to get it was from the Mediasonic website. ($199 + free shipping) If someone else on this forum has tested this enclosure I apologize - I haven't seen the thread. I was drawn to this enclosure because it seems to perform more like one would expect during a drive failure and rebuild. Some of the user feedback I've read for the Sans Digital enclosures is downright scary during a drive failure. Some of their enclosures apparently drop offline if a drive fails - as if they are incapable of running in degraded mode. I come from an enterprise data center background and that just doesn't make sense. Feedback that I've read for the Mediasonic above leads me to believe that it will function more like an enterprise class RAID device. (stays online during a drive failure, online hot-swap rebuilds, etc) WE WILL SEE
After all, the only reason I've decided to use an external enclosure is for fault tolerance, so I expect that to function as advertised.
For the drives - I just ordered 4 1TB WD WD10EURX
from Amazon for $83/ea. The plan is to run this in a RAID 10 configuration. I went with this config for 2 reasons. It should yield slightly better performance than RAID 5, and it will also give me a net of 2TB. I know several folks have been getting larger sizes working with their DVR's, but I figured I've gambled enough with the enclosure.
Sorry to be so long winded here, but I'm sure there are a few folks that would love to see if this works or not, including myself. I will definitely report back here with feedback for those interested. It will be mid-March before everything is up and running. Talk to you guys soon.
Edited by stubing, 01 March 2013 - 01:44 PM.