Super Cheap Hitachi UltraStar C10k600 450GB 2.5" TCG Encryption Hard Drives

Flintstone

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no norway bonus here ;) will you ship them to the EU ?
any numbers ? psc ? price ?
Since I've paid 25% tax on these, the price will be to high for EU I guess.

They are great, I just have way to many spinners at the moment...
 

zeynel

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if its helps , i have a valid VAT number
. so yo maybe get back your TAX fees.
 

dotps1

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I just thought i'd add my two sense in here, we have a few EMC shelves around full of 900GB drives, and we wanted to re use them with windows. I can confirm that using this command
sg_format.exe --format --size=512 --six -v PD1
does work in HP Gen 8 server. I tried them both as single drive RAID 0 and two drives RAID 1. I can also see the drives in the EMC Shelf and attached directly to the server, using LSI SAS card. but the real thing i wanted to mention, is the time it takes to format a 900 GB drive, and i have 5 shelves i think, with 24 drives per shelf, it would take a month. So, if you are using windows, and the sg_format.exe, here is a much faster way to do it

  1. scan the drives to get the PD numbers: sg_scan.exe -s
  2. format using powershell jobs and do them all in tandem: (1..25) | %{ Start-Job -ScriptBlock { C:\sg_format.exe --format --size=512 --six -v "PD$($args[0])" } -ArgumentList $_ }
  3. You can then check the status with Get-Job. There is no output, but this will make it go WAY faster!
 

J Hart

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I just thought i'd add my two sense in here, we have a few EMC shelves around full of 900GB drives, and we wanted to re use them with windows. I can confirm that using this command
sg_format.exe --format --size=512 --six -v PD1
does work in HP Gen 8 server. I tried them both as single drive RAID 0 and two drives RAID 1. I can also see the drives in the EMC Shelf and attached directly to the server, using LSI SAS card. but the real thing i wanted to mention, is the time it takes to format a 900 GB drive, and i have 5 shelves i think, with 24 drives per shelf, it would take a month. So, if you are using windows, and the sg_format.exe, here is a much faster way to do it

  1. scan the drives to get the PD numbers: sg_scan.exe -s
  2. format using powershell jobs and do them all in tandem: (1..25) | %{ Start-Job -ScriptBlock { C:\sg_format.exe --format --size=512 --six -v "PD$($args[0])" } -ArgumentList $_ }
  3. You can then check the status with Get-Job. There is no output, but this will make it go WAY faster!
Totally agree. I did mine under Linux and formatted all of them in parallel. There is probably a limit depending on the number of sas channels per drive.
 

minimini

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sg_format.exe --format --fmtpinfo=0 --pfu=0 --size=512 pd18
This works flawlessly if needed to be read by windows/linux. Hoewer using few of these in a logical drive works even if drives are formatted with 528bytes sector size. Great info. Thank you for sharing.
 

mzfk

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Here's complete datasheet for these drives: https://www.hgst.com/sites/default/files/resources/USC10K600_Spec_Enc_V3.0.pdf
According to this document (18.4 for basic info about FORMAT UNIT command implementation and 18.4.1 for acceptable parameters), we need to format them to 512 b size with both fmtpinfo and pfu set to 0 to disable T10 data integrity.
Don't fall for "default" values of sg_format — they're not set until you call them. Luckily, you can format them from windows too! Just download your copy of pre-compiled binaries from The sg3_utils package
Here's a nice powershell script to automize your formatting job:

for($i=X; $i -le Y; $i++){.\sg_format.exe --format --fmtpinfo=0 --pfu=0 --size=512 pd$i}

Where X is number of the first disk you need to format and Y is the last. You can get them using sg_scan or via Get-PhysicalDisk cmdlet.
sg_scan example:
PD9 HITACHI HUC106045CSS601 MS03 PRJZGX7B
PD10 HITACHI HUC106045CSS601 MS03 PRK1HNUY
PD11 HITACHI HUC106045CSS601 MS03 PRJX2JTY
PD12 HITACHI HUC106045CSS601 MS03 PRJWSX5B
PD13 HITACHI HUC106045CSS601 MS03 PNW970KB
PD14 HITACHI HUC106045CSS601 MS03 PRK1HKHY
PD15 HITACHI HUC106045CSS601 MS03 PRJX1W4Y
PD16 HITACHI HUC106045CSS601 MS03 PRJZH6YB
PD17 HITACHI HUC106045CSS601 MS03 PNW9D7AB
PD18 HITACHI HUC106045CSS601 MS03 PNW9VNSY

You need this PD# number

Back to my disks: 1 from 12 was DOA (lot of read errors, write errors and other problems), another 1 from 12 was already formatted with T10 data integrity disabled. Returning the DOA drive is just too much fuss with a little benefit so instead I'll try to flash it with Dell or any other firmware I can find in the nearest future.

I have similar HUC106060css60 disks with different revisions.
and i try all options to format this . but no result anyway.

every drive formatted without errors, but i cannot create partition on it.

sg_readcap gives prot_en=0, p_type=0, p_i_exponent=0,
also all drives doesn't have specific marks like NETAPP etc.

btw i have 1068e LSI card, in IT mode and centos 7.

any ideas to go?


upd: when i try to write to "formatted" disk by sg_dd - have a error message code - ASC=81 ASCQ=00

in HGST book this mean " Vendor Unique - Internal Logic Error F719 Recovered Abort immediate error or F75B Too many sectors "
 
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frogtech

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maybe try a newer controller, I've had luck formatting countless #s of these with an H310 flashed to LSI IT firmware which is a 2008 chipset
 

mzfk

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maybe try a newer controller, I've had luck formatting countless #s of these with an H310 flashed to LSI IT firmware which is a 2008 chipset

hice idea, i can try it, but i don't understand how controller type may influence to so simple operation as format... in this case controller - just a sender one string of command....