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100% disk usage Windows server 2008

We have HP Proliant G6 server with 4 1.5Tb SATA disks. 2 RAID 1 arrays and 2 logical drives 1.5Tb. One day ago I mentioned twith resmon that disk usage is 100% and i\o speed is not more then 4Mb\s ...
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Any ideas out there as to why a Dynamic Disk in Windows shows “failed redundancy” every time the machine is rebooted?

The unit in question has a software RAID handled by Windows. I'm not a big fan of software RAIDs, but the owner of the unit insists it is setup that way. Every time the unit is powered off, either ...
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271 views

Extend a striped volume in Windows Server 2008 R2

Can striped volumes in Windows Server 2008 R2 be extended? I have searched here on ServerFault and also on Google for an answer to this, and I can't seem to find an answer. Even the commercial tools ...
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Windows 2008 Performance Monitor - Disk Performance

We have a Windows 2008 R2 server with SQL installed. We are trying to measure if the disk performance is causing any bottle necks. I've found many suggestions regarding which monitors to use, but am ...
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2answers
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Importance of disk alignment for Windows Server 2012

I saw article about Disk alignment here and also here.Also there where some references that windows server 2003 has some problem with disk alignment. After reading article I am confused whether we ...
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1answer
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No option to create new partition- why?

Why can't I create a new partition as per below? This is the disk of a physical server running Hyper-V 2012. Any help appreciated!
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How can I detect hard drive failures? [closed]

I am in charge of a large number of Windows servers. Recently, many have been reporting hard drive errors with event codes 11 and 55. CHKDSK indicates that the drives are fine most of the time. What ...
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42 views

Monitoring Windows Hard Drives

When you run several 100 windows servers and even business systems, what is a good option for monitoring hard disks and checking for bad sectors? Are there applications out there that can send e-mail ...
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1answer
226 views

Data syncing behavior for filesystems in Windows

In Linux mounting supports commit option, which is described in mount(8) man page as: commit=nrsec Sync all data and metadata every nrsec seconds. The default value is 5 seconds. Zero ...
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1answer
87 views

boot a non-raid disk on a server

I have a HP ML310e that I am trying to recover data off. It has a RAID 10 array and I am wanting to boot a non-raid hard drive on the server. I can't see this disk in the bios, so I can't boot from ...
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533 views

I have a HD with bad sectors, can I configure windows to only retry a failed read once? [closed]

I have a bad HD (numerous bad sectors) I'm attempting to get some of the data off, however Windows keeps trying to reread the bad sectors - resulting in a really really long wait time can I ...
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1answer
411 views

How do I measure and compare disk performance of my Hyper-V Windows VM?

I'm not sure whether this sounds stupid or lazy, but I'm really not sure. I have a problem with the performance of a VM setup (2008R2-64bit Hyper-V running a 2003R2-32bit Windows server) and I'd like ...
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1answer
161 views

Is WinSAT reliable to test the speed of my iSCSI, Fibre SAN, under bare metal or Virtualized?

I discovered the following command in this whitepaper: WinSat disk -read -ran -ransize 4096 -drive c Is it reliable to use against a SAN, or iSCSI drive? I would like to compare the output of ...
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1answer
351 views

System process hogging disk, can't find why

Recenty I have noticed my hard drive activity unusually increased, to the point the system is sometimes bogged down. Using resource monitor, it shows the system process writing constantly to a file ...
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1answer
472 views

Ramdisk vs Build-In IO Caching on Windows

I'm trying to understand the built-in IO cache on Windows. If an application writes to a file, and then reads/writes it multiple subsequent times, it seems that the IO cache should allow this to ...
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1answer
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What's the difference between system, dynamic, primary partition?

I am trying to install Windows Server 2008. In the disk partition step, I saw my disk partitions are recognized by the installation program as : Physical Disk 1: 100M system partition 80G dynamic ...
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1answer
149 views

Counting And Summing Disk IOs in Windows

Among other (see a post of mine) I am trying to count and add the number of bytes read/written to a disk during a minute/hour/day/... on windows. According to the Physical Disk Object documentation ...
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1answer
239 views

how to install windows on a logical partition created by ubuntu

when i try to install windows xp on /dev/sda5 windows tell me that it can not write on /dev/sda1 how can i install windows xp on /dev/sda5? with out messing up some thing or is it not possible to ...
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1answer
763 views

How to determine a disk consuming service in Windows 2008 server?

How to determine a disk consuming service in Windows 2008 server? I have a problem on Windows 2008 server with a constant growing used disk space? How to determine which service consuming most of the ...
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3answers
497 views

It is possible move a specific file to the beginning of the disk?

It is possible move a specific file to the beginning of the disk? I want to move my virtual machine disk files (virtual disk) to the beginning of the disk to improve disk access performance. I believe ...
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2answers
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Identifying a physical disk from its Windows device description

I have intermittent bad block errors in my Windows SBS 2003 system event log. The error description is The device, \Device\Harddisk4, has a bad block, and I would like to be able to authoritatively ...
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How do I calculate the disk subsystem i/o capacity

I am trying to figure out the number of 8K page i/o capacity for a disk subsystem. The drives are SATA 7200 RPM - 4 drives in a RAID-5 configuration. I am not sure about the SCSI controller but the ...
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3answers
157 views

Removing orphan vmware images

I am trying to remove some VMWare images that were created by a machine that is no longer available. We do not plan to use VMWare and would like to clear up the space. I get a message Cannot delete ...
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5answers
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Mount network drive as physical drive

Is there a way to mount a network location so that it appears as a local physical disk? e.g. \\computer\share as D: (not a network drive) Edit: Hey guys, does anyone have a solution to this?
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1answer
991 views

Are there any problems with running chkdsk /R on a RAID5 array that shows no errors?

I had a 1TB RAID5 array and Windows is showing "corrupt $Mft" and "unable to read file" errors. It says I should run chkdsk but I've heard not to do that when using RAID.
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5answers
647 views

Optimal Disk setup for SQL Server

I've got a total of 8 physical disks I can use (not including 2 for the mirrored OS) for a fairly high-use SQL Server. It's used to serve a web-app (Win2k3, IIS6, ASP.Net) which has fairly heavy ...
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How to disable disk read cache?

Is there a way to disable disk read cache on Windows? Disks are connected to a Dell PERC6/i controller. Is there a way to disable the controller's cache too?
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159 views

How can I tell which model a disk drive is from Windows?

I looked in the device manager, but it shows a generic model. I also have no access to the physical machine itself.
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4answers
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Why can I not shrink the disk volume down more than 50% of original size on Server 2008

I have a new server with 540 GB disk on one partition. I decided to shrink the volume down so I could have a couple of partitions for various reasons. I could only shrink the volume by 50%. I went ...
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How do I discover which process is making my hard drive go crazy? (need disk io equivalent of task manager's cpu % column)

When I notice my system getting sluggish, the first thing I do is open up Task Manager to see if some process or another is using up 100% of the cpu. What do I do when I hear my hard drive churning ...
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How is average disk queue length retrieved via WMI computed

I'm using WMI to query the current and average disk queue length of remote machines to be able to monitor the load on the hard drive. The query is as follows: select CurrentDiskQueueLength, ...
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6answers
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Create image of Windows partition on Linux

I'd like to create an image of my Windows partition (so a can restore it later) and I was wondering if anyone could recommend any utilities that are capable of this? Either command line or GUI (pref. ...
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1answer
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Windows Server 2003 disk queue length problem

I am using a server 2003 as a file server what support 30-40 user simultaneously. Users always report the response time of open folder is very slow and something will cause the explorer. I check the ...
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Dual hard disks on Vista - what goes where?

I'm setting up some Vista boxes with dual hard drives (a 250GB and a 1TB). What should I install on both disks for best performance? They are for general use by developers. Windows and programs on ...
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Is it possible to mount/unmount a physical hard drive in Windows XP?

Is it possible to mount/unmount a physical hard drive in Windows XP? Ideally, I'd like to be able to do this from the command line so that I could have batch files to do it, ie: mount.cmd unmount.cmd ...