Disk storage is generally the permanent data storage of a server.

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Can I convert a production disk to Dynamic?

I have a server that is running out of disk space on a partition. I can't expand to the partition running out of space because the disk is not dynamic? From computer manager can I convert the disk to ...
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Obtain an offline image of an Xserve disk

We have an Intel Xserve with Mac OS X 10.4. It seems to have been infected by a virus. We want to obtain the disk image without booting into the OS. Preferably, we would want to boot via a USB disk ...
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How do storage IOPS change in response to disk capacity?

All other things being equal, how would a storage array's IOPS performance change if one used larger disks. For example, take an array with 10 X 100GB disks. Measure IOPS for sequential 256kb block ...
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Can I rely on scsi host numbers to always stay the same?

I want to detect whether a disk is attached to the correct sata-port. While lsscsi gives me some useful information about the used host, I was wondering whether the SCSI host number will always stay ...
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Identify disks in vCenter to partitions in Linux guest

What I am trying to accomplish is to correlate hard drive in vCenter to the disks in the Linux guest. So here it goes Opening up settings for the guest in vCenter and moving to hardware tab, shows ...
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actual disk iops and write merging

/dev/sdb has LVM and exposes a single logical volume, dm-0. While writing to dm-0, /proc/diskstats reports: # of writes completed sdb 29646717 dm-0 131315099 # of writes merged: sdb 101668283 dm-0 ...
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Linux - KVM - very slow disk io

The I/O performance of my new server is pretty low. I Googled and tried everything I can imagine. First of all, here are the Hardware Components: AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 6344 4x Seagate ...
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Why are cgroups (blkio serviced bytes) and iotop producing diverging results

I work with lxc user space tools on ubuntu 14.04 and I want to perform some stress tests and benchmarking within a container. I know that free and htop are not working properly in a container. I am ...
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Backup server (System Center 2012 DPM Admin Console) Disk Missing

My backup server was recently powered off by an employee who was unaware of what they were doing. When I powered it back on, I entered the admin console to see that all of the volumes that were ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 disk utility SMART self-test failed threshold not exceeded

I'm using the "Disks" program in Ubuntu 14.04 (live DVD) to assess the health of a drive I suspect is failing. However, when I first opened the program, it showed that the overall health was OK and ...
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How to identify EBS volumes vs local volumes on running EC2 instance

On a running EC2 instance, how do I identify EBS volumes and local disks ? I would like to identify them from shell. fdisk, lsblk is not helping to pinpoint the EBS volumes only. Lets say I have ...
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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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Install Winsat on server 2012? Windows System Assesment Tool

I use winsat disk to see my disk read / write speed windows 8 and it works great: cmd : winsat disk -drive c Can this be used on windows server 2012?
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When to use hot-spare?

On my newly purchased HP MDS600 with 70x 4TB Nearline SAS disks, I now need to configure the disks, and I want raidz2, so the raid sizes follows 2^n+2. The options I therefore have are 7 raid sets ...
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Migrate unix-system to hardware RAID-5 possible?

At the moment, I have a Intel SR2500 with 5 disks running at home. 4 of the disks aren't used at the moment due to maintenance-reasons. Because it's an expeiment-laboratory-machine where I can try ...
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Getting ssd, should i keep the ssd cache drive

We are going to install sdd's as main hdd in all of our pc's. However, some of them already have an ssd drive that is beeing used as a cache drive. Should be keep this chace ssd? It was my though ...
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How reliable are current 2 TByte consumer grade disk drives?

Most cheap SATA disk drives are rated with "1 non-recoverable read error per 10^14 bits read". What does this mean? 10^14 bits is just 12.5 TByte. If I have a full 2 TByte disk and I copy it to a ...
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How to correctly move application data to an attached disk on an Azure Linux VM

I have a Linux VM on Azure that originally came with a 30G OS disk. As I had an application that had accumulated a lot of data, I attached a new disk through the Azure Dashboard and here is how it ...
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Selecting a boot drive for Hyper-V 2012 server - is a boot drive performance important?

I'm setting up a new Hyper-V 2012 server dedicated to virtualization and I'm trying to determine the best choice for the boot drive. I have 2x250gb SSD drives i'm considering for storage pools for ...
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Windows 2012 server wrong iscsi disk size

I have Windows Server 2012 and iSCSI storage. On the storage, I created a RAID1 array out of two 2TB disks and connected it over iSCSI to the server. But the server sees the connected device as ...
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upgrade/reinstall vmware vsan from beta

Being a VSAN beta tester I decided to upgrade to GA version as VMWare suggests for production sites. They say, it is not possible/supported to upgrade from beta to GA version, and I did not upgrade, ...
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How do I check disk performance of LVM drive?

I have a CentOS server with 2 hard drives configured to use LVM over RAID1. How do I benchmark my hard drive? As seen in this question, I have used the following commands: # check read performance ...
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Abnormal CPU usage during Disk Write Operations

I have a decent CentOS 6.5 dedicated host (CentOS 6.5/E3-1230 3.2Ghz Quad Core + HT/16GB/Software Raid 1 SATA II/WD2503ABYX/ext4) with the default CentOS kernel and "elevator=deadline" in grub. I/O ...
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Debian mail server's Maildir folder with too many files causing disk I/O to go on high load

I have a Debian mail server running Postfix, Courier and Maildir, with disks on EXT3 filesystem. I have noticed that when I use my webmail application (Squirrelmail, in this case). It gets some kind ...
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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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how to merge 2 controller (6 Bays each) in HP DL370 G6

I am having a server DL370 G6 as seen in the image below, and I want to install Windows Server 2008 E. we are using it for camera recording. Each slot has 6 2 TB hard disks. I want to merge both as ...
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CentOS remount a used disk [closed]

I have a used disk full of video files which is 1TB in size and is mounted on /usr/local/nginx/html. I want to remount it on /disk1 for naming purposes. If I remount it would the files still be ...
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Windows 2008R2 reporting low disk space - 500mb [closed]

I have a server reporting very critically low diskspace. I have three 1TB drives with installed and I would appreciate some advice on remedying this issue. I am considering using a Spanned Disk as ...
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XenServer 6.2: how to use a partition on install disk as SR?

I'm setting up an old spare server with XenServer 6.2 to run some test VMs and to get some experience on XenServer itself (we're used to our own linux+xen setup and to the usual VMware suspects). ...
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ext4 root filesystem corruption under XenServer 6.2 DomU

We're with a problem with filesystem corruption in guest machines in a XenServer 6.2 It only happens in Linux Machines. Randomly the filesystem remounts as read-only and them corruption starts on the ...
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Format and partition device-mapper in LVM

I have a disk on a server: /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol02 that is about 5TB. I would like to format and partition it to make 2 500GB mount points. It doesn't even have to be in LVM. How can I take this ...
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SATA III HDDs not working on SATA II RAID HBA

I would appreciate any help with this. We have Sunfire x4275 disk server with Sun StorageTek SAS RAID HBA and trying to get working these disks: WD RE 4TB Enterprise SATA III (WD4000FYYZ) Sun RAID ...
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Virtual Allocation Unreasonably High

Just upgraded our pool to Xenserver 6.2 and installed a brand new host, also with Xenserver 6.2. Was excited about the new features since Xenserver was fully open-sources (over-allocate ram, ha live ...
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Disk size addressable by the OS

I have a 3ware 9550SXU-12 storage controller and 750G disks connected to it. The disks are configured as single units (not JBOD). I've been running some performance tests, mainly to see the impact of ...
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High disk overloads slows the server

My server get very slow as soon at my gstat output shows high amount of busy%. Look at the gstat results: Here is the top -m io -o total and the gstat commands running at the same time: How ...
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Rotating external disks while keeping the same drive letter in Windows 2003

On a Windows 2003 R2 server, two external USB disks are being used for backup purposes, one at time. The units are identical (same manufacturer and model) and retain the same volume name (although I ...
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How to check the current queue depth value?

I have an OEL server connected via fibre to a NetApp SAN. How can I view the queue depth as the OS sees it? Output from lspci: 05:00.0 Fibre Channel: QLogic Corp. ISP2532-based 8Gb Fibre Channel ...
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Editing fstab for a new drive that will contain subdirectories on other disks

Currently the disks on my box look like this: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00 30G 28G 174M 100% / ...
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Process running slow with logging in Dell R720 server

We bought a Dell R720 server and installed CentOS 6.3 on it. We have another older Dell server which also has CentOS 6.3 installed in it. When we ran a simple benchmark for disk performance the older ...
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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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CentOS6 and long Wait IO time on jbd2/dm-0-8

Linux box running CentOS 6.5 and 2.6.32-431.3.1.el6.i686 kernel recently got CPU spikes up to 99% causing by Wait IO. Executing while true; do date; ps auxf | awk '{if($8=="D") print $0;}'; sleep 1; ...
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fsutil does not give me any output

I have an exchange 2007 server (win2003) over a vmware cluster. I want see the blocksize of some disks. But looks that fsutil does not work properly because it does not give me any output. ...
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How to fix geometry of two identical disks?

I have two identical HDD. First has geometry 3876021/16/63 and second has geometry 3876018/16/63. First disk's capacity is 50% already. I want to add second disk to mirror (first disk is master). How ...
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mdadm constant disk i/o

I have an mdadm array which has constant disk i/o. I know it's the array bc my server shows which specific drives have activity. According to iotop there's a constant disk write of 3-6 Mbps, however, ...
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Is there a point where harddrive age (Power On Hours) necessitates replacement? [duplicate]

I have several storage arrays where a significant number of the drives have been powered on between 25,000 - 30,000 hours (2.8 - 3.4 years). These drives have no other issues or errors. What I want ...
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Can a 7200RPM drive transfer speed at a full 6 Gbit/s?

Many vendors sell 4GB SATA and Nearline SAS drives which spin at 7200RPM. The vendors will advertise a 6 Gbit/s interface with no mention of actual data transfer speed. I've had conversations with ...
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Why are “sectors per track” still relevant on a modern OS with modern drives?

I am building out a new machine and the raid controller is asking me for sectors per track. I haven't had to deal with disk math in a long time (1998?), and I can't find anything that pertains to ...
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Why is file rewrite slower?

on Linux, using various benchmark tools (bonnie++, iozone, etc) on ext4 (but i guess it's the same on other FS), rewrite is always slower than write to new files. For example, using bonnie++, with ...
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Why does dd show slow disk speed first time?

I'm checking the disk speed of a hdd on CentOS 6 using dd command. The setup is a DRBD setup - with this server being primary. To ensure that I get correct values, I execute the dd command 3 times ...
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VDA Disk Fail / Virtual machine corrupt

I am hoping I can get some help here. I have a server that is hosted with a very large server hosting company and today the server became unavailable. On contacting the company they said that the ...