Originally Posted by newtekie1
I'm interested to see how you handle the front panel connectors, since most of the Dells I see use special connectors for the buttons/LEDs and audio connections. Unless you got lucky and they used the standard connectors.
While I agree with most of that, I don't believe they have any special parts in them to make them any more durable. AFAIK, the Red drives are nothing more than WD-Green drives with special firmware that allows them to be more compatible with RAID configurations.
Though according to WD, their standard desktop drives support 2 disk RAID arrays, while their Red and RE drives are for arrays with 3 disks or more.
Either way the point im trying to make about them, is that they work fine with Windows in Raid configs, and if your making a storage server then they really are a no brainer since they have better capabilities when it comes to raid arrays.
I wont be using anything on the front panel other then maybe the USB. The front power won't work which is why I bought a new power cable/button thing from Apevia for temperary use. I want to get a full power switch like one of these at some point.
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