Things were going too well for too long. Yesterday, my QNAP NAS decided it was a good idea to drop 2 disks out of a 4 disk array. Unfortunately, the SN software just kept on running. No uptime monitor helps in this situation. The first I found out about the problem was 3 HOURS later via 2 emails, saying my node had been DQ’d on 2 sats.
I had noticed around that time a couple of voltage spikes in the mains (265V), causing the UPS to go to battery for a few seconds. I can only guess that this was the trigger.
As I suspected, a cold restart of the NAS came back with 4 good disks, but the array had to be reassembled manually. (Not the first time, I’m afraid…) After that all is back to normal. All, except for Storj. I thought I was in the clear with europe-north, as I don’t have an email from that sat, but my status screen shows that it has me dq’d, too, but no email. That’s sad, as that was 80% of my 2.4TB.
For $1.70 held amount it’s not even worth starting GE, so I will just pull the plug.
The equipment was originally bought for HD crypto mining. While all this was going on the miner just logged a few errors and kept right on mining. But it only makes $0.25/week.
I am certain that this kind of thing will happen again in the future. Such is the unreliability of modern computer equipment. The question is: do I start over with Storj, or do I just plot all drives for use with the mining rig and accept a very low but continuous return?