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SAS-3 vs SAS-2 HDDs

What are the main differences between SAS-3 and SAS-2 HDDs? Are there performance differences? Suppose we are talking of 10k rpm disks, ~1 TB, in both cases. Regards,
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Does SAS server rotate always in it's default speed (like 10K, 15K)

I have some concerns about disk throughput in order to plan my SQL Server deployment. I know from experience that consumer SATA disks sometimes go into sleep mode when not used for a longer period. Do ...
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Increase and decrease size of a virtual disk dynamically [closed]

Basically I have a server with hot plug. What I want is: create a virtual disk that can be accessed online (like Dropbox), and the virtual disk will increase its size according to the user ...
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Slow hard disk speeds on Windows Server 2008 [on hold]

I have already looked at many articles regarding slow read/write speeds on Windows Server, however they either involve Server 2008 R2, 2012, or are related to speeds over the network. I have 5 ...
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Mount LVM volume as external usb drive?

I'm trying to mount my old 2x500GB drives to the new server which has the same drive volume. Both have LVM structure but it's not working. root@server [/mnt/usb]# ls /dev/sd* /dev/sda /dev/sda2 ...
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unrecoverable read error in praxis [closed]

Have someone ever made a praxis test about the unrecoverable read error (URE) problem with hard drives? Theoretically a 3TB HDD with an URE rate of 10e14 has a risk of 21,8% to flip a bit, when ...
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Can I recreate a unit from a single drive RAID1 in a 3ware Raid controller?

I have a broken server and a broken disk on that same server on a RAID1 setup. I need to setup this same RAID unit, now on a new server, and from only 1 drive (since the other is broken). I moved ...
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raid controller data transfer rate

I'm going to buy an 8-port raid controller for which the declared data trasfer rate is "Up to 6Gb/s per port". The declared connectors are "Two mini-SAS SFF8088". The maximum number of supported ...
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SAR returns 0 await, 0 util for mdraid volume

Trying to get a picture on what is going on with the disks in our environment, I'm gathering statistics using SAR. Why does "sar -d" return "0" for the await and util for an mdraid volume? I can see ...
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FreeNAS is getting Uncorrectable parity/CRC errors

In my FreeNAS 9.3 installation I am getting more and more Uncorrectable parity/CRC errors (like these here: May 15 13:39:41 freenas (ada1:ahcich1:0:0:0): READ_FPDMA_QUEUED. ACB: 60 00 b8 0e 18 40 91 ...
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How to mount VPS hard-drive to extend available disk space [migrated]

I have an unmannaged VPS and recently and we upgraded the disk space from 200GB to 500GB. The VPS support wrote me the following message: Please take note that you have to mount the additional ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2, having unexpectedly low disk performance or fault [closed]

We're a student association which have purchased an dedicated server to host game servers and similar. The server seems to experience occasional Disk-I/O bottlenecks. This is especially true when ...
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Are RAID 5 systems suitable for larger disk sizes?

Why is it generally considered that RAID 5 systems are not suitable for larger disk sizes? Is the same true for RAID 6?
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Error: Filesystem is read only

I've been having trouble with a debian system's file system going into read-only mode. The short solution was to turn it off and back on again, but it keeps switching over to read only mode. The ...
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MySQL slow file I/O

I got a little issue with MySQL having slow file IO. When benchmarking 1k blocks (I did them on purpose that small for worst-case) I get an hdd speed of about 2MB/s. When looking at iotop while ...
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Bitlocker device name change

When imaging our PCs we generally create a temp name for our facilities to change the device name to whatever particular department fits their needs. The issue is we can't send out any devices without ...
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Getting Error: “No space left on device” for a particular filename

I have a ext4 volume with lot of files inside a particular directory. Whenever I am trying to create a file inside it of a particular name, I am getting "No space left on device" error. $ touch ...
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Storage displayed discrepancy from actual hard drive

In our ubuntu 14.04 server we have a 1TB Hard drive. The hard drive is displays as 998GB with 1% usage, however, with PHP software such as owncloud, it is only displaying 19GB of storage available. Is ...
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What is the purpose of a ramdisk when fadvise exists?

My understanding is that fadvise will tell the system that the indicated files should be stored in the file system cache (RAM). What is the purpose of mounting a directory in a ramdisk when you can ...
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99% disk IO spikes with Percona

So we have a server that has seemingly random spikes in disk I/O, going up to 99.x% at random times and for no obvious reason, staying high for ~1 hour, and then going back down. This hasn't been much ...
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Why does a ZFS resilver scan the entire pool?

I have a zpool where I have just replaced a failed disk, and started a resilvering to the new disk. What I don't understand is, why zpool status says it want to scan 129TB, when the size of the vdev ...
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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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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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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 | ...