SuperMicro AOC-USAS-S8iR RAID cards
Western Digital Scorpio Black WD1600BJKT
SuperMicro 1026T-UF chassis
I have a dozen servers. I need RAID for redundancy only, not for performance i.e. I don't "need" the speed of 10,000 RPM Raptor drives and I'd prefer to use cheaper drives such as the Scorpio. I'm using 2 drive Raid 1 (Mirror) arrays.
I'm having a lot of trouble with the above RAID cards. Most of the time I power on the server the RAID cards produce an error: "fatal error controller monitor failed. controller not started."
SuperMicro says they never tested this RAID card with 2.5" drives, none are on their HCL.
SuperMicro says the 2.5" hard drive above won't work with these RAID cards because it's a notebook hard drive which only uses 5 Volts and draws too much power. In contrast SuperMicro says I have to use an enterprise 2.5" hard drive such as a Western Digital VelociRaptor which uses 12V or 5V because the 12V draws less power and will work with the RAID card.
I purchased several 2.5" Western Digital VelociRaptor enterprise hard drives which can use both 12V/5V.
The above "fatal error" and several other RAID issues do not present themselves when I use the VelociRaptor hard drives. In other words SuperMicro was correct, the Scorpio drives won't work and the Raptor drives do work with the SuperMicro RAID cards and chassis.
Does this make sense? Is this reasonable that I can't use the Scorpio drives with these RAID cards?
Is this a limitation of the RAID card, chassis, both?
Are any of you using Scorpio drives, or any 2.5" 5V drives, with RAID cards. If so, which drives and RAID cards?
What RAID cards and 2.5" hard drives do you recommend?