DIY Computers are Fun

I recently got my Samsung 950 NVMe drive back from Samsung since it developed some bad blocks. The RMA process was quick and I’m glad Samsung honors their warranty. I send them event logs saying bad blocks were found and use SpinRite for a backup visual of the bad blocks. Whilst in NVMe limbo I used my old 850 Evo and ran into a few issues with my motherboard that I figured I should write down so other people don’t have to loose a weekend like I did.

Bad Blocks are Bad.

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Windows Storage Spaces 2012


Over the weekend I migrated my Home Server’s data VHD from three 1TB WD Blacks to five 2TB WD Green hard drives. I set up the storage pool with 1 hot spare and a parity. The response time is a little bit slower then the WD Blacks but I have more room and its only for streaming music and videos.

I get about 50Mb/s to 100MB/s from the array to my data drive on my computer. The average is around 60MB/s and for using the hardware that I already have its just as fast, maybe faster, than a Drobo or a Synology.

Moving big files:

Moving small files:

Storage Pool Knows where the hard drive is plugged in to:

Storage Pool:

VelociRaptor 600GB

Well its finally here, my current hard drives (WD6000HLHX) are half what I paid for them a little over 3 years ago. I have two of them in RAID 0 and used a 1TB Caviar Black for more important data. I think this is a indication that I should install my OCZ Vertex 2 SSD :).


If you are looking for a nice upgrade and for some reason dot want an SSD the 600GB Raptor is a steal for $169. I do know that they came out with a 1TB Raptor for $329 that preforms very well but if your going to spend close to $350 on a hard drive you might as well get SSD.