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

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recover highly degraded raid array

I have a Linux RAID6 array (mdadm) composed of 8 disks. 2 disks failed. I replaced them, now I have 2 new empty disks. I would like to rebuild the raid but when I start a raid rebuild, the rebuild ...
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Can I swap out caddie tray to use hard drive with another server?

Supporting legacy (Sun Fire X4100) equipment, looking to purchase drives of higher capacity and/or get better pricing by not limiting my selection to former-Sun hard drives. I've been told that ...
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Is there an OID to retrieve specific HDD partition on SNMP?

I want to get hard disk free space of a specific partition, is there a way to retrieve this with SNMP OID? Is there any special OID for this? EDIT: the OID .1.3.6.1.4.1.2021.9.1.7.1 refers to ...
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SMART self tests - worthwhile if already doing weekly RAID checks and smartctl -a output being monitored?

If a server is configured to check the RAID weekly using /usr/sbin/raid-check and the output of smartctl -a is being monitored, is it worthwhile to also have regular SMART short and long self tests be ...
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HP Blade G6 - Replace original disks with bigger ones

The 2 x 150GB harddrives in RAID1 in the actual HP Blade G6 460c are running out of space. I run MS2008R2 and RDP Sessio Host. I have nought 2 x 450GB drives to use instead. Instead of reinstalling ...
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Monitor for dead disk in linux

I have problem with backups disk that are not part of RAID or anything similar ( so no notifications from raid controller if disk dies). It happens that disk dies completely and only thing that is ...
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Best way to remove drives from MDADM raid array

I have a situation with a RAID array; I'm concerned that the drives in the array are going to fail soon, and given their age, I would rather replace them sooner than later. The problem I have, is ...
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How to expand a NTFS partition that is in the middle?

I am running into an issue expanding my C:\ drive, which is in the middle and I have carved space before/after it for other stuff. This is a virtual environment (VMware) and the OS is Windows 2012 R2....
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LINUX fio random read write Total BW and IOPS calcluation

My fio ouptut for random readwrite is as shown below. Fio was initiated with 3 numjobs fio --name=test_random_read_write --iodepth=16 --rw=readwrite --bsrange=4k-8k --direct=1 --size=2G --numjobs=3 ...
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File writes stall during heavy disk I/O on Linux box

I have two processes running on my box => A and B. Whenever there is heavy disk I/O activity caused by writing large files to the disk by process A, I see that file writes in process B are stalling ...
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HD recognized by BIOS but not Linux or GParted

I have an old (2007) Dell Precision Workstation 690 with Ubuntu 12.04. It has 2 mirrored 139G SAS drives for OS and 2 WD Black 2TB data drives that were formatted ext4 and rsynced and had my virtual ...
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Difference between 2 hardisks for HP ProLiant server

I have a HP ProLiant server: HP ProLiant DL360e Gen8 Entry I have: 2 hardisk HP SAS 6 Gb/s 7.2 K 8.9cm HP 1TB HDD Now I need to buy: HP SAS 6G 7.2K SFF 6.4cm SC 1TB HDD to install ...
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how to unlock a ssd disk with hdparm?

I have a SSD disk with password protection, but the password lost long time ago... so I tried to earse the ATA security with "hdparm" command. with "hdparm -I", the disk information looks ...
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zfs checksum error in raidz1 vdev but not in disk

I am backing up data stored in a zpool consisting of a single raidz vdev with 2 hard disks. During this operation, I got checksum errors, and now the status looks as follows: pool: tmp_zpool state:...
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Safe and beneficial to enable HD disk cache for disks in RAID, or not?

Dell Perc RAID cards (among others) allow you to set the disk cache policy to be either on (meaning, the individual hard disks use their built-in caches) or off (meaning, the individual disk caches ...
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Map USB External HD to Hyper V Server 2012

I wanted to attach a USB external HD to one of my VM. I got Hyper-V Server Core 2012 R2. So I was about to follow any guides on internet (like this one Accessing USB Drives in a Hyper-V VM ), but I ...
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Centos 7 server can't see Disk Array disks

Context I have a server freshly provisionned with CentOS 7, connected to a Disk Array with a Fibre Channel connection. I want to mount the Disk Array's disks on my server's file system, and then ...
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how to detect hard disk failure in custom server

We have a custom server with following details: Motherboard Supermicro X8DTL-3 Raid Controller HP Smart array p400(512G BBWC) HDD Backplane Supermicro SAS825TQ 3 Seagate Barracuda HDD with 1TB(Raid ...
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What is recommended size of hard disk for a Server?

I have heard that large hardisk >= 1TB are not recommended on the server because they can cause synching issues if one fails + their chances of failure is greater over a longer period of time as the ...
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How/When to physically remove a failing harddrive after replacing it in a Linux RAID?

I have a Linux software RAID-1 with mdadm. Similar to this question ("How to safely replace a not-yet-failed disk in a Linux RAID5 array?"), I want to replace a disk in a the raid. My question might ...
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What is the maximum ProLiant DL580 G3 SCSI or SAS drive capacity, and are only HP drives permitted?

I was recently given a free HP ProLiant DL580 G3 configured for SCSI drives from out of a datacenter. I understand that this is an older unit, and reliability may be questionable at best, but in my ...
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How many SSDs are needed to assure redundancy? [closed]

If we consider, hypothetically, that a server farm is being designed to have 100TB of storage using solid state drives (SSD), each with 250GB each. My question is how many SSD are needed to ensure ...
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Sata Disk very poor performance

I have a HP MicroServer NL54, stock BIOS, with 4 HDs Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache. If I run a dd benchmark I get: $ dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=4K count=4096 4096+0 ...
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Consumer (or prosumer) SSD's vs. fast HDD in a server environment

What are the pro's and con's of consumer SSDs vs. fast 10-15k spinning drives in a server environment? We cannot use enterprise SSDs in our case as they are prohibitively expensive. Here's some notes ...
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KVM Virtual Server Disk Resize on Ubuntu with GParted

We have Ubuntu 14.04 server on KVM with MySQL database which is just close to fill its disk space, which is 80 GB. We have upgraded the server to 160 GB disk, but the problem is that the new disk ...
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HDD LEDs stopped working after exchanged raid controller in HP DL380 G5

I recently went ahead and exchanged the p400 RAID controller in my HP DL380 G5 server with an LSI HBA card (SAS 9207-8i). I did this to get better disk compatibility, and I didn't need RAID ...
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rescan SCSI Disk Without Reboot

I installed/added 2 new disks on VMware. I executed this command and didn't detect any new disks'> ls /sys/class/scsi_host/ | while read host ; do echo "- - -" > /sys/class/scsi_host/$host/scan ; ...
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NGINX Serving Large mp4 Files extremely inefficiently

I am currently running nginx/1.0.15 on a Centos 6.6 OS. The server has the following specs: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU C2750 @ 2.40GHz (8 cores) 32GB Ram 5 x 6000 GB 7200 RPM (Raid 10) The Problem The ...
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Minimum requirements seem to much for a 32 bit application

I am a developer using high level languages like C++ and .NET. One of the external applications I support will be upgraded soon. I have received the following minimum requirements for the upgrade: ...
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Why are all drives dropping out of RAID when 1 fails? LSI9260-8i/IBM M5014

I've got an interesting problem I'm hoping you all can help me with. I have an IBM 5014 (the LSI 9260-8i equivalent) running two RAID10 virtual drives. The first is 4 WD RE4's, each 2TB, for a 4TB ...
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HP Proliant DL360 G6 Maximum Logical Drives

I have an HP Proliant DL360 G6 server with 8 HD bays. Currently I have the first two bays working with ESXi and I'm just running RAID 0 on a single drive. This is not a production machine. It has a ...
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Is a partition necessary when using RAID?

I have configured raid1 on two of my disks. I am not using a partition, because I want to use the entire disk. Is this correct? The command lsblk produces the following output for my disks: sdc ...
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Performance azure disks, high average queue length

I'm having a classic developer-system admin battle where I am stating that there is an IO problem on the disk of the shared sql server while the system admin tells me that the capacity hasn't been ...
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Infrequent input/output error - Linux server

Once in a while, we encounter input/output errors on one of our disks. Our server (DELL PowerEdge R720, Ubuntu 14.04) uses the Perc H710 Raid controller, and the disk that is producing the error is a ...
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Cloning LVM partitions

I need to clone a CentOS installation from a 1TB disk partitioned with LVM, to several identical machines. The disk is mostly empty since only the operating system and some software are installed and ...
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Can't mount my hard drive

When I try to mount one of my hard drives, it can't locate the folder with the hard drive. This is the output for the command df: Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% ...
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Munin disk utilization calculation.

I have got intel ssd(series 530, 480gb). Data from intel site: Sequential Read - 540 MB/s Sequential Write - 490 MB/s Random Read - 48000 IOPS Random Write - 80000 IOPS Current load is about 5000 ...
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Mounting degraded RAID

I've finally managed to assemble my RAID10 array again. I'm hoping there might now be a way through this. (There is history, if anyone is interested). I'm now getting: # cat /proc/mdstat ...
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Is it ok to mkfs and mount the whole disk without partitionate

[root@VM_xxx_centos ~]# df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/vda1 8255928 7068948 767604 91% / /dev/vdb 516061624 5966928 483880296 2% /data2 As you ...
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Does this hard disk match with the HP ProLiant ML350 G5?

I've got an offering for the 300 GB SAS 10K 2,5" hard disk. Will this fit in my HP ProLiant ML350 G5 server. The description in the manual isn't that clear. I'm just don't want to buy something that ...
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defrag /x - consolidate free space not really working - W2K12

I am trying to shrink my 300GB partition. There is just 50GB used. So I used defrag c: /x which should consolidate free space ("Free-space consolidation is useful if you need to shrink a volume, and ...
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Hard disk / SSDs - detection and handling of errors - is silent data corruption reliably prevented?

When an error occurs on a drive, is it correct to assume that it will always be detected and reported to the OS (if software RAID such as mdadm) or RAID controller (if hardware RAID) as a failed read (...
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Having trouble mapping solaris drive paths to physical disks

I have a supermicro box with 24 drives in front and 12 drives in back. It's running x86 solaris 10 with zfs. Here is the output of zpool status: NAME STATE READ WRITE ...
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Migrate SAS disks from E200i to B320i Smart Array

I have an older HP ML350 G5 series server with 4 SAS 72GB hdds in RAID 0+1. It's down and beyond repair. So I was wondering would it work if I was just to plug those in newer server with B320i RAID ...
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how to identify which physical drive(s) correspond to an entry in /etc/fstab [duplicate]

Using Centos. Situation: I have multiple drives off of two RAID controllers. I also have multiple entries in the fstab, such as /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, etc. What I need to know is how I can identify ...
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Replacing a HDD in FreeNAS

I got a message that said one of my hard drive was degraded and im trying to figure out how to check which drive it is. I did zpool status and I got this zpool status pool: BiggyD state: ...
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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 disks 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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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 ...