The Big WHS – Disaster Strikes, Part I
At around 1:30AM I woke up to what I believed was the fire alarm. After about 30 seconds outside in the cold, I realized that it was not a fire alarm, but rather an Adaptec controller alarm. The first hard drive has failed.
In my haste to assemble the new hardware for burn-in last evening I did not install the Adaptec Storage Manager software so I was treated to a 1:35AM download and installation. After everything was setup, I saw something all too common, but never fun. One of the new Western Digital Green 1.5TB drives started throwing bad sectors and SMART errors just after the raid 6 build verify was complete. No data was on the array, however, it is at minimum, a minor inconvenience.
This highlights an important point, always burn-in new drives before trusting them with your valuable data! I am debating sending the drive back to the reseller or Western Digital, will decide tonight and send it back tomorrow.