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x3650t ibm hard disk error how to check logs

There is a Led indicator on the front panel of IBM x3650T series, it is blinking lights, most probably there is a Hard disk error but need to be sure... anyone knows how to check the logs on server ...
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Identifying failed hard drive in RAID

I have a server which is running customized version of Debian. It is attached a sun storage raid. It has very limited tools and installing new tools is not allowed. :( This message I see in dmesg: ...
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What are the the potential drawbacks of using non-OEM hard drives in a server?

I'm currently speccing a Hyper-V host for my company and would like to use solid state drives for local storage. The problem is, most oem drives have a hefty premium when compared to retail ...
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Linux ATA errors: Translating to a device name?

When a Linux box gets an ATA error, it syslogs it with a message identifying the disk as "ata%d.00". How do I translate that to a device name (e.g. /dev/sdb)? I feel like this should be trivial, but I ...
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Which value of HDD avgqu-sz is critical?

This is my graph of HDD avgqu-sz from different app machines: App caches data in memory and every n minutes are data flushed to filesystem + every m minutes are data (re)loaded from filesystem in ...
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mdadm: add new device failed for /dev/xvdl as 2: Invalid argument

I have existing RAID0 setup with two disks. I have to add a new drive to it. But when I try to run the following command: mdadm --add /dev/md/customer_upload /dev/xvdl I get an error: mdadm: add ...
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MegaCLI causes drive “Other Error”

I am having an issue where running "megalci -PDList -aAll" will cause an Other Error to be logged for 2 of the 6 discs in a pair of servers I have. Here is that again in more detail. I have two ...
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Is my Hard Drive Failing?

I just tried to run a test on my hdd and it doesn't want to complete a self test. Here is the result: smartctl --attributes --log=selftest /dev/sda smartctl 6.2 2013-07-26 r3841 ...
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IBM Fiber Storage

I am asking this question on behalf of the company i work for, What the problem is that we have just setup a fiber storage system with an IBM Server and IBM Fiber Storage system, we brought the both ...
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Data Recovery Software (Formatted Hard Drive) [closed]

Well... I'd really appreciate your help on this one. It's like this: someone decided to reinstall Windows on his PC, but did not make any backups, and there are a lot of things (well... photos, ...
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Is it possible to calculate where is, physically, a bad block located on a hard disk?

I dd_rescue'd a hard drive, and I know where the bad blocks are. I still have the drive with me, so I can get any information needed from SMART or fdisk. I would like to know if it is possible to ...
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Configuring RAID in HP Proliant ML350e Gen8 [duplicate]

We have purchased two stock HP ML350e Gen8 servers. Ubuntu 12.04 is to be installed in those. The stock, base unit have provision for 6 hard disks for creating RAID in which, one is filled with 500GB ...
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Create an MBR on secondary plex

I have a HP Proliant ML350 g6 server running windows 2008 std R2. This server had two hardware arrays in it. One array was a raid 0 with 1 physical drive running raid 0. The other array is 5 physical ...
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External USB drive on xen windows guest

I have an external USB 2Tb drive I'm trying to use with a xen guest. Xen Center 6.1 sees the drive in the removable storage repository and I can assign it to a guest. But the guest (tested ...
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What is the difference between truss -D and truss -E?

I am currently analyzing a command on Solaris that reads from a file and has very low performance. The truss -D commands shows me read system calls taking up to 0.03 seconds, but when I use truss -E, ...
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Does a 3ware “ECC-ERROR” matter on a JBOD when I have ZFS?

I have a FreeBSD 8.x machine running ZFS and with a 3ware 9690SA controller. The 3ware controller shows an ECC-ERROR with one of the disks: //host> /c0 show VPort Status Unit Size ...
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Windows Server Backup [2012 R2] - Went from 100+ copies available to 1 copy available overnight

I'm using Windows Server Backup on a Windows Server 2012 R2 system that has been in production for half a year or so. The server has around 60GB used, and the backup drive is a 160GB external drive ...
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What is the counter type for Linux's /sys/block/$DEVICE/stat

What are the counter types for /sys/block/$DEVICE/stat? $ cat /sys/block/sda/stat 8323741 42381356 464031898 19207478 1940738 49062039 408122282 79935459 0 22315734 99172579 Specifically, ...
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Multiple USB backup targets with Windows Server Backup

I'm trying to add multiple USB external disk targets to a Windows Server 2012 Backup schedule. Having gone through the steps in the GUI to add an additional target, the process fails with the error ...
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PostgreSQL queries slower than before?

I am using PostgreSQL 9.3 server on my production server. Everything had been working fine for the past couple of months. But since the past week or so, PostgreSQL seems to have becomes very slow with ...
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Would SSD drives benefit from a non-default allocation unit size?

The default allocation unit size recommended when formatting a drive in our current set-up is 4096 bytes. I understand the basics of the pros and cons of larger and smaller sizes (performance boost ...
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Linux - Help, I'm running out of inodes!

I have a filesystem that has lots of small files. Currently about 80% of inodes are used (I checked with df -i), however only 60% of disk space is used. How can I 'increase' the number of inodes? If ...
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Increase/refresh the size of the FreeBSD's main partition

I am using VirtualBox and have my FreeBSD mounted on a virtual drive, which recently ran out of space (10 GB) so I have increased the Virtual Drive size up to the 15 GB - started my FreeBSD and its ...
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What causes hard disk failures?

What causes hard disk failures in general. I would like to know the common causes and how to prevent such incidence.
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Is disk serial readable from supermicro chassis?

We are working with a hosting company for managing our dedicated servers. We asked for a replacement disk on one of the servers by providing the serial number. They took out 2 other disks instead and ...
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Is my hard disk failing?

I've just had the hard disk on my server replaced. It was part of a RAID 1 array. The sdb1 partition keeps failing every few hours now. # cat /proc/mdstat Personalities : [linear] [raid0] [raid1] ...
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How many times can you format a hard-drive?

I've read mixed cases all over the place regarding the life of a typical hard drive, and if reformatting degrades the disk. If so, could you measure the life of the disk in a practical manner or ...
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smartctl reports Current Pending Sectors as 2, but a long test doesn't find any errors

The SMART attributes on the drive are: SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16 Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds: ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH ...
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Replacing a dead hard drive in RAID 5 with a different type

One of the drives failed in my server configured with RAID 5, and I can't find a exact replacement. From my understanding, RAID 5 supports drives with different sizes. Is this safe? Any ...
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Server drives gives input/output error when formatting in Fedora

I am at a total loss as to why this is happening. I have tried everything I can think of. I am trying to format a drive in Fedora to use in the server. Every time I try to format it I get a ...
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How is it possible for reallocated sector count to decrease?

The reallocated sector count of a disk in a RAID array has been increasing over the past 6 months, but now it seems as though the reallocated sector count has decreased. A month ago (according to ...
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How to diagnose failed drive on server with raid storage controller?

I have problem with one of my Dell PowerEdge R210. Machine is with Centos 6, today system logs started to inform that the hard drive is failing. Jan 6 03:20:12 centos6 kernel: LSI Debug log info ...
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Replacing failed drive on a ESXi host

I have a failing drive on my ESXi 4 host and I'm going to replace it. There is no fault tolerance (RAID), each drive on its own. I'm planning do offline dding old drive to new one but I'm not sure ...
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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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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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Azure disk performance

I am running on-demand, research D14 instance in Azure South Central US region, with a 4-disk RAID0. Recently the disk performance has become unusably slow, particularly the RAID performance, which is ...
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How to repair the fstab file with current configuration

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 and i accidently removed all the entries from the fstab files while doing a backup (Yeah, I know ;)). I would like to know if there is a way to rebuild it with the current ...
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External HDD wrong size

I have an very interesting problem with a Seagate HDD (3TB): Under Windows the HDD has a size of ~3TB. When I connect it to Ubuntu 14.04 and try to format it with GParted, GParted tells me that the ...
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Windows Software RAID with Bad Sector: Which drive is broken?

We have three Seagate drives in a Windows software RAID stripe arrangement. The server began to freeze up. I was running two backups simultaneously with Acronis and BackupChain and thought I ...
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Linux quota - wrong disk usage

I'm using centos 6 and quota shows wrong disk usage for all users... Something like multiply real disk usage... # quota -v myuser Disk quotas for user myuser (uid 511): Filesystem blocks ...
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distributing tables over multiple harddrives

Is there a performance improvement when I distribute database tables over different harddrives? I need to access many different schemas at the same time and I was wondering if adding more harddrives ...
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Additional hard drive not detected in BIOS

So I'm working on a server which has a Tyan S2937 motherboard, and 2 CPUs. I have a drive bay capable of supporting 6 drives, and the motherboard has 6 SATA connectors. I want to setup the system ...
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Recover data from SCSI hard disk

We've got an old server with SCSI hard disk. The server crashed last week and it isn't exactly known what hardware component is damaged. Since the server is due to be retired anyway we don't want to ...
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Why my AWS volume size is different from the actual size?

It's very wried to see my actual disk size is much less than the actual size. From the information, looks this disk is not be partitioned. I have no idea why the actual size is 20G but disk size is ...
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Accessing multiple disks under single virtual partition?

I have disks as below on my Debian server: /dev/sda1 276M 29M 233M 11% /boot /dev/sdb1 917G 793G 79G 92% /home /dev/sdc1 1.8T 1.7T 79G 96% /home2 /dev/sdd1 1.8T 1.7T 79G 96% ...
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How could I recover data from a physically damaged hard drive?

What hardware do I use to recover data from a physically damaged hard drive?
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Are /dev/disk/by-id symlinks unreliable?

I am provisioning a Nova server and Cinder volumes using a Heat template. In order to identify the Cinder volumes attached to my OpenStack server I would like to use the /dev/disk/by-id/... symlinks ...
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How can I tell what filesystems are on a disk in AIX?

I use the tool "topas" to get a quick peek at CPU, memory, and disk statistics on an AIX machine. I understand the numbers on the disk section, but what I don't know is how to tell which ...
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How to generate random files and directories that are scattering across the whole partition? [closed]

I want to perform a heavy test of using "resize2fs" to shrink the file system. Currently, I have script that creates a few hundred thousand files taking several hundred GB. But it doesn't take very ...
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mdadm: can't remove broken drive from raid1

I have a ubuntu server Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.2.0-34-generic x86_64) that uses a software raid with 2 physical drives. Apparently, one drive is unresponsive, and I try to remove it from ...