hey folks who do homelab kinda stuff:
I am looking to build a small homelab to practice/implement various networking related things
what sort of cheap hardware are people using for this? ARM boards?
key word here is small, I don't have a lot of physical space at home so full U servers are out of the picture
I have found my hypervisor machine
look at this thing
@georgem @trini @staticsafe I'd strongly recommend you avoid Crucial MX500 SSD. There are known (firmware?) problems regarding unreadable sectors popping up via SMART and the two MX500 1TB drives I have both have serious issues.
I'd stick with older generation parts, either entire older SSDs or at least older controllers, which are more proven and less likely to have issues.
My SanDisk Extreme Pro has been rock solid for 3 years but they're hard to find now new.
@georgem @trini @staticsafe I have one drive with the newest firmware, version M3CR023, and one drive with version M3CR022. Both have major issues and report sporadic unreadable sectors via SMART.
The M3CR022 firmware has read/write errors, mainly for ecryptfs files. This disk would also enter a weird mode and prevent Linux shutting down. The M3CR023 firmware has huge 2+ minute long pauses during heavy write activity.
Both were used as the 2nd disk in a software RAID 1 with my SanDisk Extreme.
@georgem @trini @staticsafe I have gotten an RMA number from Crucial support for both drives, but an RMA only entitles me to a replacement MX500, which I expect will have similar problems so I've not executed the RMA.
Returning to the vendor isn't going to go well, both drives will pass SMART tests and can be read/written to so will likely pass any quick tests.
@georgem @trini @staticsafe I believe the problem is drive firmware related. The ecryptfs issues are likely that the data is not compressible at a granularity smaller than the minimum write size internal to the drive, or something similar.
The big write stalls are likely garbage collection related bugs locking up the controller.
Crucial are shutting down their forums where a *LOT* of people complain about MX500 issues which aren't total drive failures.
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