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

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How does loss of DWORD synchronization affect the health of an SAS disk?

I tried to get more information from the error log of an SAS disk by running the following command that prints values and descriptions of the SAS (SSP) Protocol Specific log page. # smartctl -d scsi ...
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No space left on device - wrong size

I'm running an FreeBSD dedicated server. I am getting messages that I have ran out of space on the device. df -h is saying that I have no space left but du -sh /* doesn't even show the directiories ...
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Wiping hard drives in an IBM DS3512

I have an IBM DS3512 RAID storage device, which I'm planning to sell. How would I reliably wipe my data off of all the hard drives? As far as I can tell, it abstracts away all direct access to the ...
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Unreasonable performance expectations for RAID 0 performance?

This is my first time building a machine with a hardware RAID card. We bought a Dell T620 with the H710P RAID controller (1GB NV Cache), a 160GB Solid State Drive (SATA Read Intensive MLC 3Gbps), and ...
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Domain controller stops mapping drives from file server

File Server: Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Domain Controller: Windows Server Standard FE 2003 SP2 This has happened twice now. User will try and log in using their domain accounts and will receive ...
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Buffer I/O error on device (sata drive)

I keep getting these messages in one of my servers kernel logs (which is responsible for file operations). I wonder if anybody knows how serious are these issues. I cannot use smartmontools because ...
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External drive switching from /dev/sda to /dev/sdb

We have a small box with external drives attached for backing up configuration sets. I found out the problem is simply that on reboot or whatever unknown event the drive switches from /dev/sda1 to ...
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Is an HP Proliant 350e Gen8 server appropriate for Primevera and Sage applications? [duplicate]

I want to buy a server to accommodate both the Primevera and Sage applications? Would a HP Proliant 350e Gen8 do? Are there any concerns about this platform?
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poweredge 1950 iii disk options

I have a pair of poweredge 1950 iii boxes which I use for a VMware lab. They are loaded with 64 gb of ram (I discovered that this is actually supported), a pair of quad core cpus, and a pair of 300gb ...
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SMART output - what's the significance and meaning of “verify” errors from smartctl -a for a HDD

Does anyone know the meaning of "verify" errors listed in the output of smartctl -a (or more precisely smartctl -l error), as well as their significance, if any, in trying to evaluate the health of a ...
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VMware ESXi multiple I/O latency warnings

VMware ESXi 5.1.0 server showing multiple warning events: Device mpx.vmhba1:C0:T0:L0 performance has deteriorated. I/O latency increased from average value of 3913 microseconds to 530954 ...
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how to add a raw device on RHL

I am using a server to which someone added a harddisk. I am struggling to get this to work. I am a regular Linux user (but haven't done this stuff before). I have googled up and tried to follow the ...
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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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Steady red light on 2 HP SAS drives in RAID 1

I have a HP ProLiant web server with two HP 300GB SAS SFF 2.5 inch drives (Model: HP 507127-B21). Both drives have a solid red light, however there is no indication within the management software that ...
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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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Degraded RAID1 on debian 7.5

I am in a bit of a problem with my root server and a degrading RAID. Unfortunately, I'm no expert when it comes to RAID. System informations: Debian 7.5, SSD software RAID1, problem occur since a ...
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Server have 6 harddisk, how to set daily full backup/clone harddisk? [closed]

i have a HP DL380 server, its have 6 harddisk, @72Gb each, i am planning to use centos + cpanel please suggest how to set daily full backup/daily clone harddisk? so if 1 main harddisk is broken, i ...
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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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Connect USM hard disk to USB

Yesterday I bought Seagate 2Bay 4 TB NAS business storage: http://m.seagate.com/external-hard-drives/network-storage/business/business-storage-2-bay-nas/ Seller included Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB USM ...
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Dell PowerEdge R720 - Corrupted RAID

Apologies in advance for the lengthy question. We have a Dell PowerEdge R720 server with: 2 x 136GB SAS drives in RAID 1 for the OS (Ubuntu Server 12.04) 6 x 3TB SATA drives in RAID 5 for data A ...
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Dell Power Edge R515 - Replacing a Bad Hard Drive in a RAID

I've ordered a new hard drive to replace a bad one in a Dell Power Edge R515. The manual covers obvious topics regarding physical replacing of hard drives, but I've never done this before on a ...
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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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SW SSD Raid 1 over HW RAID 10

A provider(data center) recommended I go with 1TB SSDs in a software RAID 1 over HW RAID 10 with mechanical drives. Their quote: Typically SSDs are most reliable than RAID cards and since you ...
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Rescue a Raid 1 from a dedicated server

I have a dedicated server (Hetzner EX4). One day, I rebooted the server and it wouldn't start. customer service told me that one of the hard drive was faulty, and activated the rescue system (Linux). ...
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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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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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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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Amazon EBS Durability

According to this link: http://aws.amazon.com/ebs/details/#availabilityanddurability It said: Amazon EBS Snapshot can expect an annual failure rate (AFR) of between 0.1% – 0.5%, where failure ...
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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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How often should I scrub my RAID?

In general I would like to know how often a RAID array needs to be scrubbed. What contributes to the need to scrub more often (reading data?, writing data?, unexpected shutdowns?, drive age?, drive ...
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HP Dl360e Gen8 Not Detecting Hard Drives

I have a new HP Proliant DL360e G8 and it is not detecting the hard drives. We are using both non-hp, and official hp hard drives from an older server (DL120). Hard drives are 3.5" and they are not ...
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LSI MegaRAID SAS 9261-8i: Disk isn't recognized after replacement

I've got a Supermicro Server with an LSI MegaRAID SAS 9261-8i Raid Controller inside. There were 3 Disks attached to the controller which were configured as RAID5 array. One of the disks failed ...
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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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Stacking Servers on top of each other without a using a rack [closed]

I have ten 19" servers each with 4 hard drives and an average 160W usage. For a 2 month test run of a service i want to put them just on a table without purchasing a rack. Maybe in two stacks 5 each. ...
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Server USB hard drive not listed in /dev, but it appears in lsusb

I have a few servers that use 2TB Seagate GoFlex external drives for basic cPanel backups, but one of them is having trouble, and the drive is not listed as a device in /dev, even though it appears in ...
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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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Alternatives to SMART for Monitoring HDD Corruption

Given that SMART is unreliable for predicting HDD failure, does anyone have a reliable alternative for automating quick identification of hard drives that are beginning to fail? This is for Windows ...
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Unable to access disks in rhel 6.5

I work for a biology lab. We recently bought a new microscope that produces an enormous amount of data - it is simply not feasible to store it on a desktop. So, we bought a storage server - the idea ...