Questions about hard disks' performance, issues, tips, and software.

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How do I interpret a very high Avg. Disk sec/Write perfmon value?

Short version: Is the perfmon screenshot shown below enough evidence to say "something is wrong with your storage system"? Long version: I am debugging a performance problem: Some SQL Server query ...
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IAAS hard disk storage transfers: Moving a GCE persistent disk to an AWS EBS disk?

Is there a way to export a Google Compute Engine persistent disk to an AWS Elastic Block Storage? Basically, they are both hard drives, so I wonder if there is a way to export one to the other. If ...
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SSD hard drive compatibility with Dell 1U and Supermicro 1U [closed]

I have a Dell Poweredge 1850 1U and also a custom 1U Supermicro, both hot swappable drive bays. For some reason, it seems the hdd to ssd drive tray is not working with snapping in. I've used this ...
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Disk errors Event ID 51 on LSI MegaRAID 9240-8i in RAID 1

I am working on a case of recurrent disk errors. Server is running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. There are two main disks on a mirrored RAID. There is also an additional drive that is used for ...
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1Tb Hard drive showing 30Gb remaining [migrated]

I'm using Windows 7 64 (a Dell i5 box). I have a 1Tb C: drive with the following partitions: 39MB (OEM Partition) 13.15GB NTFS (Recovery partition) 918.32GB NTFS (Boot Partition) When I "Select ...
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HP MSA 2040 drive not detecting

We are running the MSA 2040 with 1.2TB 10k SAS drives with no issues. But was just trying to get the 300GB 15K SAS drive on it. But it doesn't detect. According to the specification of this enclousre ...
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Solaris drive type unknown

I have a server running Solaris 11 with a disk array. I am getting following error when trying to mount the disks: indika@server:~# mount /dev/md/dsk/d14 /mnt/storage/ mount: /dev/md/dsk/d14 no such ...
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Measuring external hdd's rough handling

An external USB hard drive periodically travels to and from my facility to update its files (it's for offsite backup). HDD, not SSD. How can I measure if it's being handled too roughly? I'd rather ...
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S.M.A.R.T long self test. Does the test continue after finding bad blocks?

I've been watching a SMART enabled HDD closely recently (connected to an OSX Server, which is not very helpful with SMART output out of the box). The drive is definitely failing- the heads click, ...
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copy LVM partition to new disk

I have a question about making copy of LVM partition to new disk. I want co copy not to move data. My operating system is Debian. On LVM partition I have running Xen virtual systems. Information ...
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Why are Large Form Factor (LFF) disks still fairly prevelant?

Small Form Factor (SFF) / 2.5" disks seem to have become more popular than LFF disks now due to them being preferable over LFF disks in many scenarios (lower power consumption, higher density, etc). ...
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How Do I Securely Delete External Hard Drives Such as Western Digital MyBook? [duplicate]

I have server external drives in Windows, mounted as a drive letters, and I would like to securely wipe it for the purposes of reselling. Normally, I'd hook it up to this ...
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Is disk's UUID a good identifier for disk?

My tool working among 100 disks, some of them may attach or detach from the server during the tool running. I want to use disk's UUID as disk's id, and I got the question: If some disk disk_1 got a ...
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Server 2012 R2 System Disk Filling

This is a bit of a strange issue - the usual troubleshooting steps don't seem to apply. On a XenServer 6.2 host (with SP1), I have a guest VM that is running Windows Server 2012 R2 that functions as ...
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BSOD crashes after a freeze period of 100% Highest Active Time while the Hard Disk actually appears to be idle [migrated]

After a few BSoD crashes of my Windows 7 that follow a period of semi-frozen environment, I have started monitoring my Resource Monitor to try to catch the culprit in act. The symptoms are: The ...
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hp proliant microserver not detecting hard drive

So, I've hit a bit of a wall with the HP Proliant Microserver N40L. I'm trying to install a new hard drive, 4 TB, but it's not being detected by the BIOS and thus, not the OS either. It just spins up, ...
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Grow individual drive size in RAID5 array

My array is built of 3 hard drive of 2TB, I have 2 more free space and I would love to start to grow my array with 4TB hard drives, if I start to put 2 4TB hard drives and eventualy replace the 2TB ...
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Ubuntu remount a root mount that's changed to ro as rw without rebooting

Because of errors=remount-ro an underlying NFS blip caused my root mount to be remounted as read-only. I know there is nothing wrong I need to worry about. How can I remount this as rw without ...
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Prevent HDDs from spinning up before shutdown in Ubuntu/ZoL/SAS2008 environment

I am running Ubuntu 14.04.2 with ZFS on Linux. As I ran out of SATA ports on my Asus M5A78L-M/USB3, I bought a Dell PERC H200 card and crossflashed it to LSI 9211-8i P19 IT mode firmware to ...
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Reuse hard-drive from ESXi 4.0 server in ESXi 5.5?

I have a server, which I would like to use in a new ESXi 5.5 server. It was used as a data store and contains VMs we would like to use on the new server. The hard-drive is SATA 3Gb which I believe ...
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Should I be concerned by frequent RAID warning message (unexpected sense - command aborted)?

I have a Fujitsu host (PRIMERGY RX300 S6) running Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V (Version 6.1) with two virtual servers (one Windows Server 2008 R2 and one Windows Server 2012). Our 25 employees ...
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Smartmontools ouput anlysys

I am trying understand the smartmontools, when I executed the command "smartctl -a /dev/sda" It shows the part of output with heading"SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1" under which a ...
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Acknowledging a warning in DELL OpenManage

We have a DELL R510 server where we replaced all the hard drives with new but non-certified 3TB disks. Now OpenManage throws a warning for every hard disk as "non-critical", since it recognizes the ...
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mdadm: drive replacement shows up as spare and refuses to sync

Prelude I had the following devices in my /dev/md0 RAID 6: /dev/sd[abcdef] The following drives were also present, unrelated to the RAID: /dev/sd[gh] The following drives were part of a card reader ...
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Need to add new hdd on existing ubuntu server 12.04 [closed]

I'm having Ubuntu server 12.04LTS as my local with 500GB HDD. Now I added one more 500GB with this. But, I can't able to find the new one in /media. While trying with sudo fdisk -l I got this. ...
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how do I know if an SSD reaches its performance capability?

I was monitoring a new db server with SSD RAID-10 installed. It works fine for now but I was worrying someday it could reach its capability as the business goes on. So how can I know that before it's ...
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Partitions not recognized when installing Kubuntu 14.04 over complex RAID setup

I have three identical HDDs. Using a ROM utility, I configured the use of 90% of each of them as a RAID 5 array, and the other 10% as a RAID 0 array. That is, each array uses some area on all three ...
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Server destroying and burning my Hard Drives [closed]

Before I start, let me inform you that I have been working as an IT Manager for large international companies for my whole life, and I have received masters degree from IT technology. I therefore ...
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how to filter sar -d disk output tidily

sar -D output-I would like a suitable command to run alongside stress -hdd but this is the output which sar -D 1 10 gives. I have filtered it using both awk |'NR > 1 {printf ...
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Unable to get SMART metrics from Seagate Disks on Debian OS

Referring to the question here, I too am trying to get all attributes out, as explained in this blog here. I am using Debian 6 as OS, and installed smartmontools version 6.3 using apt-get. My 6 disks ...
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Hyper-V Machine harddisk full, but not so

My virtual machine is having harddisk issues, at least that is what Hyper-V says. The VM has 20 gb available and is running ubuntu 14.x server. Its current usage is 4.7 GB and hyper-v pauses it time ...
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Convert RAID from Mechanical Disks to SSD?

Any issues with converting a Mechanical Disk RAID to SSD by replacing the drives one-by-one? I couldn't find anyone online who has done this, so let's make this the place to post about it. If you ...
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How can I resume a dd operation after a “error writing in file” status?

This command produced the error mentioned above after 9 h (preparing a 2 TB hdd for encryption): time openssl enc -aes-256-ctr -pass pass:"$(dd if=/dev/urandom \ bs=128 count=1 2>/dev/null | ...
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Dell RAID controller and 36TB storage [closed]

I've been back and forth with Dell about their RAID cards for a PowerEdge R710 server. So far half the customer service people who I spoke too said it would work, the other half said no. My question ...
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Recover data from OpenBSD softraid down to a single disk

I'm currently very desperate: I have a 3TB WD Red disk that I need to extract data from. This was part of a softraid on an OpenBSD 5.6 machine. I was in the process of migrating to a zfs on linux ...
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Rebuilding FakeRAID RAID 5 with new disk, no partitions show up, invalid PMBR

I have a RAID 5 array with 4 2TB disks on a HP Z800. One disk failed and was swapped out for a new one. I went into BIOS Intel Storage Matrix Utility and set the Array to rebuild with the new disk. ...
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Resizing Azure Primary SSD OS disk on Linux

The 29GB of primary disk coming up with Ubuntu 14.04 are not enough for our needs. Also (from what I understood), the attachable disks are not SSD. Is there an updated method of resizing the primary ...
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Finding out which cciss disk is what /dev/sdX disk (smartmontools & cciss raid controller)

I have a HP server, which has a hardware RAID array (that mostly isn't being used for raiding, the disks are just passed through to the Linux OS). I have 6 SSD disks. 2 are riad mirrored together by ...
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is it possible to move hard disks in raid 5 to pc without raid controller for accessing the information Temporarily?

I want to rebuild my array (RAID 5) for expansion. In the current configuration, I have 3x320GB hard disks giving me about 600 GB usable. I want to replace these hard disks with 3x1TB hard disks ...
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Disk I/O at limit with software raid

whenever I use rm or cp on a bigger file structure the disk i/o is going up to the top, but not with the focus on cp or rm, it is the software raid sync. My knowledge in this area is limited. The ...
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HP Server Gen9 with Gen8 Caddies/Trays

If I have an Generation 9 (Gen9) server from HP, will I be able to use the Gen8 hard disk caddies/trays? For example if I get a HP ProLiant DL180 Gen9 will the old Gen8 caddies/trays still be ...
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Why is my HDD partition a character special device?

I have a bunch of old 1T disks with an mdadm array on them. They had been out of commission for awhile, but yesterday I slotted them into a server running an up to date Debian Jessie. Eventually I ...
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Server disk claims to be full, but appears not to be

I have no idea how this is supposed to work. I did df -h and got this result. Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/vzfs 39G 5.8G 24M 100% / none ...
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How many hours of SMART power on hours use should a new hard drive have?

Purchased a new HGST hard drive. Using smartctl on OS X the new drive shows 71 hours of power on hours Does this make sense or is this a sign of a refurbished drive? I can't imagine why the ...
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Are there any notable advantages (or disadvantages) to using EFI firmware and GPT boot disks in an ESXi environment?

My basic question is, as the title asks: are there any notable advantages (or disadvantages) to using EFI firmware and GPT boot disks in an ESXi environment? By "notable," I mean anything other than ...
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BTRFS, sector alignment and Advance Format Disks

I want to set up a BTRFS RAID1 setup with two WD Red 4TB disks, which possess 4K sectors. Since I am keen to get it right the first time before copying data to it (yes it will be backed up), my ...
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Dell Poweredge 2950 Hard drive size

I recently purchased a Dell Poweredge 2950 at an auction for a very low price, couldn't pass it up. It didn't come with any hard drives so I ordered 5 SATA caddy trays and I am curious what the ...
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freenas disc problems - smart error - how to repair zfs raid?

I have troubles with my freenas 9.2.1. It crashed today. Its running a fileserver on zfs jbod raid 2. I'm not sure what exactly causes the problems. The system is booting however reacting pretty slow. ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Cloud Server - Disks gone Read Only

Disks on our cloud server with our web host went read-only this morning for no apparent reason. Following that a reboot to try and rectify the issue resulted in a non-bootable system. Our Web Host ...
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Disk Usage Analyzer on Synology

How can I get an overview of the disk usage on a Synology hard drives like this: