Hello everyone, good day.
I am looking for a way to improve the reliability of my home user system NAS. Recently, I lost/degraded 3 HDD in my system. 2 of them are new and from the same batch. In addition, in the last couple of years, I lost another 2 drives. I am getting desperate, really desperate because I am unable to find the issue. Or perhaps I have the worst luck ever . Due to a recent experiment, I noticed that perhaps it might be my SATA Card.
- OS: FreeNAS
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon Vega Graphics
- MB: Asus Prime Pro X370
- SATA Card: SYBA SI-PEX40071
- M.2. Drive
- Case with 12 HotSwap Drives: Rosewill RSV-SATA-Cage-34
- PSU: Corsair CX Series 430 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronce
- RAM Non ECC: Total 64 RAM - 2X Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 DRAM 2133MHz
- Checked Power Supply, seems ok with the voltages. (multimeter)
- Reviewed the HDD, no physical damage detected. However, once inserted they make a lot of noise. They are detected by the OS, but after 4-10 minutes, the hole PC crashes. HDD connected directly to MB, non SATA Card.
- Inserted failed drive in SATA Card and notice that I lose all HDD Connected to the cards. It seems they are not isolated somehow. Removing the drive makes the work ok again.
- Inserted failed drive in another machine with a HBA SAS controller and the other HDD connected to the card seems ok, they continue to work.
- Installed TrueNAS Beta due to its compatibility with Ryzen CPUs. Somehow the failed drives are now detected but makes the PC crash after 10 minutes.
-I live in a non US country, so the hardware is more expensive and have less variety to chose from.
-I know I do not have an ECC memory, it is too expensive and almost impossible to get in my country. Also, If I am not mistaken, this might only impact the data written in the HDD, not to make one malfunction. Please correct me if I am wrong.
-The hot swap bays use a molex connection, so I use an adapter to transform sata power connector to molex. Tested Power Also, and it seems fine.
- I know TrueNAS is Beta, but right now, not even with FreeNAS I am getting a good NAS experience. The NAS has only my home movies. I have backup for everything (DVD and Blurays).
Questions to the community:
- From what I shared with everyone, am I making something wrong?
- Assuming my SAS Card is the issue (not sure), would replacing it by SI-PEX40137 8-Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA Controller Card adds 8 AHCI SATA III ports improve my situation? I choose that card because it is the only one that is being sold in my country for cheap and easy to get.
- Should I just abandon FreeNAS/TrueNAS and try a linux distro?
I appreciate the help of everyone. Thanks.