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  • Thu, Apr 23 2020 7:03 PM

    • mnbkyle
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    ISIS 5500 spare drive compatibility

    Hello all - so our ISIS 5500 has been regularly having drive failures lately, probably one failure every 3 months, and getting spare 2TB drives is getting more difficult to find. I've purchased a few off ebay sellers who say they pulled them from retired 5500 units. These range from $300-600 each depending on the seller.

    My question is this: If I have a the Avid sleds, can I simply purchase 2TB Western Digital Enterprise bare drives, mount them to the sled, and insert those as Hot Spares? 

    This would be much cheaper to keep our 5500 running vs buying from ebay sellers. 

     

    Here are some screen shots of the ebay drive and the 2tb wd from newegg

     

    ISIS 5500 4.7.13, Avid Media Composer various versions. z840, z420, imac trashcans [view my complete system specs]
  • Thu, Apr 23 2020 7:36 PM In reply to

    • BobRusso
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    Re: ISIS 5500 spare drive compatibility

    You can't purchase an off the shelf drive as the drives used by ISIS are branded by Avid. The useful lifespan for these drives is 5 years, you should expect they will continue to fail. I strongly suggest not trying to preemptively replace a drive, I've seen a second drive fail during a RAID rebuild so many times.

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  • Thu, Apr 23 2020 8:39 PM In reply to

    • mnbkyle
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    Re: ISIS 5500 spare drive compatibility

    Good advice. Looks like my ebay friend will see a few more orders coming their way. Thanks for the reply

    ISIS 5500 4.7.13, Avid Media Composer various versions. z840, z420, imac trashcans [view my complete system specs]
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