Ok, from the beginning...
I have an X6. I have 4 (300GB) hard drives. One of these 4 disks has all my data on it. I put the three other blank disks into the X6. Very poor performance existed mainly due to bad sectors on the third disk. I RMA'ed the third disk.
I started over. I placed the two remaining good disk into the X6 and did a factory reset. The X6 booted up and worked fine in RAID1. I did not change any settings at all except for establishing a static IP connection on my LAN with my smoothwall.org firewall and the MAC address of the X6. I received in the mail a brand new 300GB disk I purchased. I placed this new (identical model 300GB) disk into slot 3 of the X6. Booted up.
Problems begin to occur.
Upon the next boot up of the X6, a disk scan was performed on the third disk. The X6 stated that I must reboot the X6 after this scan in order to then start the process to expand the volume across all three disks. Scan completed without any errors. I did one setting change prior to the requested reboot. I enabled Jumbo Frames. I rebooted the X6. Upon this next boot up, the expansion did not occur. The X6 showed that the second disk was "dead" and the third was uninitialized but "available."
Now why would this occur? I know for certain that disk 2 is perfectly fine.
I rebooted the X6 again. No change in disk status. I completely shut down the X6 and then started it up again. No change in disk status. I shut down the X6 opened up the X6 case and checked the connections. All connections seemed to be snug and correctly connected. I booted up the X6 and now it shows that disks 2 and 3 are "alive" and being Initialized as suggested by RAID settings ( Initialization 19% complete, Time to finish 2 hr 8 min, Speed 30.0 MB/sec ) message.
Why is the behavior so unpredictable? My emotional response related to this device's "reliability" is poor. How can I expect to feel that my data is safe with this strange unpredictable behavior. I want to use this device as a data archive that I can depend on. Is there any response you can offer that would boost my confidence in this device's reliability?
After the two hour time and the "Initialization" is complete, will I have a three disk configuration and will it be dependable?