We have a System x3650 M4 server with 81Y9651 HDDs. In January, we had to replace one of them because it failed. The only solution we were given in our region (we are from Argentina) is to buy a refurbished drive from a Lenovo official service. We did that, even if the new unit only had 6 months of warranty. Now, we are getting predictive failure on that drive, and some other messages like:
Controller ID: 0 Unexpected sense: PD = Port 0 - 3:0:2 Peripheral device write fault, CDB = 0x2a 0x00 0x00 0x13 0xfd 0x00 0x00 0x01 0x00 0x00 , Sense = 0xf0 0x00 0x04 0x00 0x13 0xfd 0xfa 0x18 0x10 0x10 0x01 0x00 0x03 0x00 0x08 0x80 0x00 0x17 0x00 0x00 0x04 0x03 0x00 0x08 0x00 0x00 0xae 0x03 0x04 0xfa 0x00 0x00
The answer from the service was that the drive "is out of warranty". So, we need a new drive as replacement, as it seems too obvious now that the refurbished ones are not reliable at all. What are our options?
If there isn't a solution from Lenovo, is it possible to buy some kind of general use SAS drive, and swap the drive from the caddy? I see that the actual drive models are Seagate st9900805ss and Toshiba al13seb900.
Could we just buy that drives, mount them in the caddy and use them with the server? I suppose that they should work, but i don't know if the Lenovo / IBM / Dell / HP drives have any kind of customization over the Seagate models, other than the sticker with the brand and the caddy.
There is a seller here that offers the st9900805ss. The drives have a "Dell" sticker on top, but if they work, i don't care what does the sticker say.
What does the community think about this? How do you deal with this kind of issue?