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

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Can you use your own drives on Dell PowerVault MD3000i?

I would like to use my own drives in the Dell PowerVault MD3000i. Does anyone know if you are able to? We are looking at different SANs for our VM farm and would rather be able to replace a drive in ...
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Hard Drive Speed: RPM vs. Cache

When trying to choose a SATA magnetic hard drive (not SSD) for high performance for both random and linear access, which should be the primary factor? For example: would a 10k RPM drive with 16MB ...
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How do you repair a damaged or corrupt partition?

I have a user with an external hard drive that is no longer recognised: the drive letter does not appear in My Computer. The drive is a Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WD2500C032) With ...
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Problem with slow hard disk

We bought some new PCs in my company with the new iCore 7 and 8GB memory and the following hard disk: WESTERN DIGITAL WD8000AARS 800GB CAVIAR GREEN SATA2 The problem we have is that after installing ...
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RAID 5 with big SATA disks. Do or don't?

Is it sane to build a machine with RAID 5 expecting to hold around 5 Tb (and able to grow) with 1.5 or 2 Tb SATA II disks? It will be used as audio and documents storage. I already have chosen a ...
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Disk usage per user in Linux / Unix

I need to find out how much disk space is being occupied by each user on the network. I am aware of df and du commands: I could list the entire filesystem and AWK the output, but I wonder if there is ...
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In a managed environment, should user PCs have local external HD backups?

Our environment manages thousands of user PCs, provides high-end secure file servers. Users (from new staff to executive-level) are urged to store data to the file servers and generally do so. PCs ...
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Can I get the model information for my hard drives with a command in Linux?

Is there a Linux command that would allow me to get model information for hard drives? I'm running CentOS. I want to compare the hard drives on two VPS providers that I use.
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Hard drive partitioning software for Windows

I'm looking for a good disk partitioning/management software suite. I've been using Acronis Disk Director but I've had a few data corruption issues which I think might be related to it (especially ...
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I used “dd” to clone a drive to a larger drive. How can I leverage the additional space (linux)?

Fdisk can't see extra space I upgraded my trusty 74gb Raptor hard drive to a 600gb Velociraptor behemoth. I used "dd" to clone the drive, (i.e. "dd if=old-drive-device of="new-drive-device), swapped ...
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What is faster? A local mechical hard drive or a solid state drive over gigabit ethernet?

SSDs are rather new, so I couldn't find this information on the Internet. Would the performance of a local hard drive connected using SATA2 get out performed by a SSD over gigabit ethernet? In terms ...
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How to know which disk has failed on a Mirrored Raid? marked as DR0

Our 2ndry DC, which is on a W2K8R2 Mirrored software raid has lost it's sync, and disk management displays the failed redundancy error How do I know which of the disks has failed? (beside to try ...
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Server System drive on a USB stick? Good? Bad?

This is a follow up to this question. I am assembling a storage server with 14 SATA drives. I don't want to "waste" a drive for the OS system, so I thought I could isntall and run the OS from a USB ...
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What is the difference between SAN Hard Drives and Normal Hard Drives?

At work, we have decided to finally virtualize and have decided to upgrade out SAN setup with higher capacity Hard Drives. However, what exactly is the difference between Hard Drives that come ...
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Is it safe to transfer RAID 5 disks from one server to another?

I have (what I assume) will be a relatively simple question. I have an old file server that I've decommissioned and replaced. I would like to re-use the hardware from the old file server at our ...
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What is QSignoff?

The QSignoff folder uses a lot of disk space, can is be pared down without issue?
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How to determine disc spindown time

I am able to set both APM and spindown times using the command: hdparm -S 246 -B 128 /dev/sda Unfortunately I can only find the APM value in the information output: hdparm -I /dev/sda | grep ...
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Does virtual hard disk fragmentation reported by a guest machine matter?

We have a VM Ware ESXi virtual machine, where the guest is reporting high fragmentation. The host virtual machine file is not fragmented. The datastore is on a RAID 5 array. Does the fragmentation of ...
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Which FileSystem is best for CentOS 5 on SSD?

Background: We have gigs of data, which require to process large files simultaneously and in parallel with similar processes. We are going to get SSD just because of fastest latency. We will install ...
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How can I set the disk partition alignment using linux tools?

After reading Disk Partition Alignment Best Practices for SQL Server, I just want to give those advices a try, but on my linux test server. What are the required parameters in order to set the ...
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Which is better, Split or Monolithic VMware disk in a production enviroment?

Ok, so I have read a bunch of material on-line and curious as to your thoughts on split vs monolithic disk in a production environment. We are going to be building the VM server on a server that has ...
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Corrupt files' contents, while FS is OK

Looks like my USB HDD is old and corrupted: rsync: read errors mapping "path/to/file.jpg": Input/output error (5) Syslog: kernel: [58927.940676] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Unhandled sense code kernel: ...
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26 hard drive limit on x86 servers, IBM x3650, Dell PE 2950, Dell PE 2850, where is my limitation?

This is in regard to mass HDD wiping/testing. The software I use, WipeDrive Pro 5 and 7, both fall victim. I originally thought it was a limitation of the software, but after speaking with the ...
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Does Dell Permit 3rd Party Hard Drives on Perc 6/i?

I have various Dell servers (all 2950's) I would like to put some SSDs in. I have spoken to Dell on the phone and asked for a quote for 128GB SSDs for 2950's, they told me they don't sell them for ...
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How to determine which file/inode occupies a given sector

I received messages in /var/log/kern.log that indicate drive failure. The messages occured while copying my $HOME between drives (ext4 -> ext3): [ 5733.186033] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Unhandled sense code ...
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Is it true that is better to differentiate manufacturers when buying Hard drives for a server?

This morning, listening to Stack Overflow podcast #35 *, talking about Server, RAID controllers and Hard Drives, I heard this thing: if you are going to buy Hard drives for your server, you would ...
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hdparm on OS X

On Linux, I can verify and change the low level parameters of my disk drive using hdparm. Is there an utility providing the same capabilities for OS X, or perhaps some other way of manipulating the ...
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Is there way to read sectors from SATA drive without ECC correction?

I know, there was such possibility like that in old ATA standards: "READ LONG" command produced LBA sector + ECC payload. sg_read_long supports in in linux, but the command is obsolete for quite a ...
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Dell PERC 4 (PowerEdge 2850): Unresolved configuration mismatch between disks(s) and NVRAM

We had an extended power outage (almost four hours); now I have a Dell PowerEdge 2850 server which is giving me this error (from a PERC 4e/DI) on boot up: All drives are listed in the PERC ...
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Hard drive data rescue services

Inspired by the question Crashed Hard Drive Data Retrieval which is currently concentrating on software tools and self-help methods of data rescue, I am curious what the community's experiences are ...
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e2fsck extremely slow, although enough memory exists

I've got this external USB-Disk: kaefert@blechmobil:~$ lsusb -s 2:3 Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0bc2:3320 Seagate RSS LLC As can be seen in this dmesg output, there is some problem that prevents that ...
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Disk (EXT4) suddenly empty without any sign of why

I have a Ubuntu 10.04 server with several disks in it. The disks are setup with a union filesystem, which presents them all as one logical /home. A few days ago, one of the disks appears to have ...
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What options are available to perform whole disk encryption with Snow Leopard

We would like to encrypt the entire disk of a Snow Leopard workstation running some sensitive file, database and web services. PGP does not yet work for 10.6, and we cannot use FileVault as it is not ...
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Use of 2.5" Laptop Drives in a Server?

We're acquiring several 1U servers with (8) 2.5" drive slots. Although we can use either SATA or SAS, there is a large price variance as soon as you order 16 or 24 of these drives, so we are looking ...
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Tips and tricks for identifying the dying hard drive

I have a raid 1 that has failed partially. The controller tells me the raid is degraded, but does not tell me which drive is failing. When I look in My Computer, I see that the controller split my ...
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Inexpensive degaussers or HDD shredders?

Apologies, I'll simplify my question: Are there any degaussers or HDD shredders out there in the $500-1500 range designed for use as such that you would recommend for low-volume use?
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SQL Server database on an external hard disk drive

Due to some security problems, My boss has asked me to store all sensitive data in external/removable storages like USB stick or external HDD and this specially includes the MDF/NDF/LDF files of SQL ...
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Web site kills hard disk I/O, how to prevent?

The situation: I have a server, on which we have 2-3 projects. Starting not long ago, the server started hanging up (We could not connect to it by ssh, and the connected clients had to wait 20 minutes ...
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How can I convert a logical partition to a primary partition?

I had my primary partitions maxed out but I deleted some and now I want to make one of my logical partitions a primary. Can I do this with gparted or other free tools? Thanks
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Securing a single HDD from a retired RAID 5 array

I want to sell two hard drives. Both have been used in a software RAID5 with a logical volume manager. I want to delete all data in order to sell them. But on the devices are no partitions. Is it ...
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Hard drive throttling?

You're copying a lot of stuff in same time and computer performance just dies. Try for example to copy 10+ ISO images same time. There's QoS in networking, affinities and priorities in CPUs, but is ...
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RAID - buy spare disks at same time as originals?

When using RAID1, is it best practice to buy spare disks at the same time as the original disks to ensure you have the identical type in case they become unavailable in future?
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Is it safe to mark a disk ok, in a degraded raid 5 array?

Intel Matrix Storage Console 8.9 showed a degraded array with one disk failure. Yet it offers the option to mark the disk as ok and rebuild the array? When would it be appropriate to do this? Does it ...
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What is the best hard drive for random-reading small blocks

We need to do random reads (seeks) on 5 KB blocks from a huge file (150 gigabyte). What hard drive is the best suited for this type? What is the expected performance from an SSD in this scenario? I ...
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Getting data out of a non-working SATA drive

Can anything be done to get data out of a dead SATA drive, the drive won't even show up on the list of drives when booting the computer? UPDATE: The drive was never backed-up. It was an external ...
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I have a 3.46 TB Raid disk array, but when I setup windows server 2012, it only refers to it as 2TB

I have a 3.46 tb raid disk array, but in volumes it shows it only as 2.00TB What have I done wrong, and how can I fix it? Thanks Noam
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Are new HP Gen8 servers compatible with g7 drives?

Are HP Gen8 servers (namely DL380 Gen8 with 2.5" HP disks) compatible with 2.5" harddrives from G5-G7 servers? I mean original HP disks in HP caddies not plain SAS/SATA drives.
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The difference between desktop-series HDD drives and server-series

What are the main differences between desktop-series hard disks and server-series? The obvious things I can see are: durability (server hardware mostly more qualitative and have more warranty) and ...
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Extend Raid5 with a new HD (HP DL380 G3)

Because one of our customers is running out of disk space, I need to extend his Raid5 with one more disk. At the moment the raid5 contains 3x72gb harddisk. The harddisk i want to add is exactly the ...
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How do data recovery firms recover data from a “dead” hard disk?

The hard drive in my laptop just died, and it's been about a week since I ran a full backup. I know there are companies that specialize in data recovery from dead hard disks. I'm curious how they do ...