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mini with WD wd7500bpkx blacks...
05-20-2015, 11:08 AM (This post was last modified: 05-20-2015 11:35 AM by rotec.)
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Question mini with WD wd7500bpkx blacks...
I have a drobo mini on the way, and want to load it with 4 (new) WD black wd7500bpkx 750G drives.

Has any one here used such drives successfully? Is the lack of TLER support a deal-breaker? The website here doesn't seem to warn against this...

How does the mini in general deal with drives that spin down when idle?? Should I be prepping these drives with the WD idle mode utility ?? (not sure yet if these particular drives already have idle disabled, or not...)

Any comments on these drives are welcome. My last 2.5 black experience ( a couple of years ago) was DOA, followed by DOA replacement (!!) ... I am hoping that was just a sheer burst of bad luck
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05-20-2015, 04:38 PM
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RE: mini with WD wd7500bpkx blacks...
*update* WD support just confirmed for me that spin-down is DISABLED in these 'black' drives. So, it's looking more promising...
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05-29-2015, 05:15 PM
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RE: mini with WD wd7500bpkx blacks...
Update: I'm a HAPPY CAMPER.. this array (loaded with 4 WD7500BPKX) is FAST Smile
(more than twice the speed of my internal mac drive (7200)

[Image: drobo-drive-speed.png]

Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
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06-01-2015, 02:54 PM
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RE: mini with WD wd7500bpkx blacks...
nice one rotec Smile

(btw i have XP home SP2, a Drobo v1 with 2x 1TB/2x 1.5TB WD greens, & a bkp Drobo v2 with the same + a DroboShare: unused)
& a DroboS v2 with 3xWD15EADS &2x1TB in DDR mode on win7, & a drobo5D (all usb)
  • btw i did a sustained (write) operation for about 6 hours, and got 13.2MB / sec ...objection? "sustained" :)
    (16.7MB/s on a v2 & 47-96MB/s drobo-s)
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08-14-2015, 07:01 PM
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RE: mini with WD wd7500bpkx blacks...
Performance is not terribly bad on USB3 (windows8.1) either...

[Image: drobo-drive-speed-PC.png]
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08-18-2015, 01:42 PM
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RE: mini with WD wd7500bpkx blacks...
cool Smile

(btw i have XP home SP2, a Drobo v1 with 2x 1TB/2x 1.5TB WD greens, & a bkp Drobo v2 with the same + a DroboShare: unused)
& a DroboS v2 with 3xWD15EADS &2x1TB in DDR mode on win7, & a drobo5D (all usb)
  • btw i did a sustained (write) operation for about 6 hours, and got 13.2MB / sec ...objection? "sustained" :)
    (16.7MB/s on a v2 & 47-96MB/s drobo-s)
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