> On Wed, 2008-12-10 at 19:11 -0500, Bill Davidsen wrote:
>> Justin Piszcz wrote:
>>> Point of thread: Two problems, mentioned in detail below, NCQ in Linux
>>> when used in a RAID configuration and two, something with how Linux
>>> interacts with the drives causes lots of problems as when I run the WD
>>> tools on the disks, they do not show any errors.
>>> If anyone has/would like me to run any debugging/patches/etc on this
>>> system feel free to suggest/send me things to try out. After I put
>>> the VR's in a test system, I left NCQ enabled and I made a 10 disk
>>> raid5 to see how fast I could get it to fail, I ran bonnie++ shown
>>> below as a disk benchmark/stress test:
>>> For the next test I will repeat this one but with NCQ disabled, having
>>> NCQ enabled makes it fail very easily. Then I want to re-run the test
>>> with RAID6.
>>> bonnie++ -d /r1/test -s 1000G -m p63 -n 16:100000:16:64
>>> $ df -h
>>> /dev/md3 2.5T 5.5M 2.5T 1% /r1
>>> And the results? Two disk "failures" according to md/Linux within a
>>> few hours as shown below:
>>> Note, the NCQ-related errors are what I talk about all of the time, if
>>> you use
>>> NCQ and Linux in a RAID environment with WD drives, well-- good luck.
>>> Two-disks failed out of the RAID5 and I currentlty cannot even 'see'
>>> one of the drives with smartctl, will reboot the host and check sde
>>> After a reboot, it comes up and has no errors, really makes one wonder
>>> where/what the bugs is/are, there are two I can see:
>>> 1. NCQ issue on at least WD drives in Linux in SW md/RAID
>>> 2. Velociraptor/other disks reporting all kinds of sector errors etc,
>>> but when you use the WD 11.x disk tools program and run all of their
>>> tests it says the disks have no problems whatsoever! The smart
>>> statistics do confirm this. Currently, TLER is on for all disks, for
>>> the duration of these tests.
>> Just a few comments on this, I have several RAID arrays built on Seagate
>> using NCQ, and yet to have a problem. I have NCQ on with my WD drives,
>> non-RAID, and haven't had an issue with them either. The WDs run a lot
>> cooler than the SG, but they are probably getting less use, as well. If
>> the WD are still on sale after the holiday I may grab a few more and run
>> RAID, by then I will have some small sense of trusting them.
> Velociraptors, or which WD?
Calls itself "WDC WD10EACS-00D" in /sys if that helps. I could dig out
the packing slip if it matters. Runs nicely so far, and if the SMART
temperature probe is correct, very cool:
/dev/sda: ST3750640AS: 43 C
/dev/sdb: WDC WD10EACS-00D6B1: 31 C
/dev/sdc: ST3750640AS: 44 C
/dev/sdd: ST3750640AS: 46 C
I don't totally trust the temps, there is a LOT of 18C air going into
that box, because it has a lot coming out the back and side.
Bill Davidsen <davidsen@xxxxxxx>
"Woe unto the statesman who makes war without a reason that will still
be valid when the war is over..." Otto von Bismark
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