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

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Debian mail server's Maildir folder with too many files causing disk I/O to go on high load

I have a Debian mail server running Postfix, Courier and Maildir, with disks on EXT3 filesystem. I have noticed that when I use my webmail application (Squirrelmail, in this case). It gets some kind ...
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Extend a striped volume in Windows Server 2008 R2

Can striped volumes in Windows Server 2008 R2 be extended? I have searched here on ServerFault and also on Google for an answer to this, and I can't seem to find an answer. Even the commercial tools ...
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how to merge 2 controller (6 Bays each) in HP DL370 G6

I am having a server DL370 G6 as seen in the image below, and I want to install Windows Server 2008 E. we are using it for camera recording. Each slot has 6 2 TB hard disks. I want to merge both as ...
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Limits on Read Transfer from Hard Drives

I just found that the specs of server harddisks mention a maximum number of TB read. For example WD Black Drive 2 TB mentions a 550 TB transfer limit per year. This means that every day it should read ...
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CentOS remount a used disk [closed]

I have a used disk full of video files which is 1TB in size and is mounted on /usr/local/nginx/html. I want to remount it on /disk1 for naming purposes. If I remount it would the files still be ...
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Windows 2008R2 reporting low disk space - 500mb [closed]

I have a server reporting very critically low diskspace. I have three 1TB drives with installed and I would appreciate some advice on remedying this issue. I am considering using a Spanned Disk as ...
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Consumer level motherboards that play nicely with large numbers of drives [closed]

I currently have a system with 25 hard drives - 24 for data and one for OS. This machine is built on a budget, featuring a cheap Gigabyte motherboard (GA-990FXA-D3), a four port LSI SAS controller, a ...
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XenServer 6.2: how to use a partition on install disk as SR?

I'm setting up an old spare server with XenServer 6.2 to run some test VMs and to get some experience on XenServer itself (we're used to our own linux+xen setup and to the usual VMware suspects). ...
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ext4 root filesystem corruption under XenServer 6.2 DomU

We're with a problem with filesystem corruption in guest machines in a XenServer 6.2 It only happens in Linux Machines. Randomly the filesystem remounts as read-only and them corruption starts on the ...
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Format and partition device-mapper in LVM

I have a disk on a server: /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol02 that is about 5TB. I would like to format and partition it to make 2 500GB mount points. It doesn't even have to be in LVM. How can I take this ...
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SATA III HDDs not working on SATA II RAID HBA

I would appreciate any help with this. We have Sunfire x4275 disk server with Sun StorageTek SAS RAID HBA and trying to get working these disks: WD RE 4TB Enterprise SATA III (WD4000FYYZ) Sun RAID ...
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Recover data from ubuntu encrypted drive (LUKS)

I had a Host with Ubuntu 12.10 installed, and the entire harddrive was encrypted (with LUKS it appears), I remember the passphrase, but I have trouble to "open it". I am now on a beta version of ...
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Virtual Allocation Unreasonably High

Just upgraded our pool to Xenserver 6.2 and installed a brand new host, also with Xenserver 6.2. Was excited about the new features since Xenserver was fully open-sources (over-allocate ram, ha live ...
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Disk size addressable by the OS

I have a 3ware 9550SXU-12 storage controller and 750G disks connected to it. The disks are configured as single units (not JBOD). I've been running some performance tests, mainly to see the impact of ...
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How to access SMART attributes when using RAID with a Dell Perc 4e (LSI)

I can't easily shut down this windows server, so I'd like 'online' solutions. I tried the following unsuccessfully: Seatools Enterprise: caused a BSOD smartmontools: scan only showed virtaul RAID ...
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No advantage from SSD boot drive for 24/7 server? [closed]

Since my OS and applications are loaded into memory upon boot, isn't there no advantage from having my OS on an SSD boot drive for a server that is kept up 24/7? I know there are several assumptions ...
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What is the term for this piece of hardware?

This is a silly question but what is the "official" term for what is carrying this hard drive? I need to know if I can purchase it separately from the hard drive.
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Reliability of SSD vs HDD (Over large temperature variations)

I've got an application which requires data recording in a outdoor environment, and I am interested in the reliability of SSDs vs HDD when placed in a cold (down to -20) and hot (+50) ambient ...
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Hardware configuration for head nodes (HDDs, memory, processor, redundancy)

I'm designing a head node whose primary function is to submit jobs to the Torque/Maui scheduler and secondary function is to run test jobs. Unfortunately, most hardware selection guides for clusters ...
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High disk overloads slows the server

My server get very slow as soon at my gstat output shows high amount of busy%. Look at the gstat results: Here is the top -m io -o total and the gstat commands running at the same time: How ...
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How to check the current queue depth value?

I have an OEL server connected via fibre to a NetApp SAN. How can I view the queue depth as the OS sees it? Output from lspci: 05:00.0 Fibre Channel: QLogic Corp. ISP2532-based 8Gb Fibre Channel ...
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SMART: Raw Read Error Rate Errors on Mirrored Drives

Thanks for reading. I have a pair of 150GB WD Velociraptors that have failed SMART status. The only fail they have is the Raw Read Error Rate, which is as follows. ...
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Editing fstab for a new drive that will contain subdirectories on other disks

Currently the disks on my box look like this: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00 30G 28G 174M 100% / ...
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Process running slow with logging in Dell R720 server

We bought a Dell R720 server and installed CentOS 6.3 on it. We have another older Dell server which also has CentOS 6.3 installed in it. When we ran a simple benchmark for disk performance the older ...
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Windows 2008 Performance Monitor - Disk Performance

We have a Windows 2008 R2 server with SQL installed. We are trying to measure if the disk performance is causing any bottle necks. I've found many suggestions regarding which monitors to use, but am ...
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CentOS6 and long Wait IO time on jbd2/dm-0-8

Linux box running CentOS 6.5 and 2.6.32-431.3.1.el6.i686 kernel recently got CPU spikes up to 99% causing by Wait IO. Executing while true; do date; ps auxf | awk '{if($8=="D") print $0;}'; sleep 1; ...
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Upgrade Hard Drive - Keep domain membership?

If I upgrade my laptop hard disk by cloning it to an SSD with PartedMagic will my computer fall out of the domain to which it is a currently a member? Doing some Google searching and it doesn't look ...
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Error at partitioning disk

I am struggling to install debian squeeze (64 bit) OS in the system which is having RAID 1. While partitioning the drive, It says an error Operation not permitted during write on /dev/md126 . I am ...
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SMART “power on hours” attribute for different HDD manufacturers

Is there a table of how to interpret the SMART attribute "power on hours" depending on the HDD manufacturer? Some of them use hours, some minutes or even seconds...
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how to fix hard drive errors? [closed]

Suddenly, My hard disk is not working. While booting, It gives failed command: READ DMA and status: { DRDY } error. So, I booted the system with live CD and tried to mount the hard disk. It gives the ...
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How to fix geometry of two identical disks?

I have two identical HDD. First has geometry 3876021/16/63 and second has geometry 3876018/16/63. First disk's capacity is 50% already. I want to add second disk to mirror (first disk is master). How ...
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mdadm constant disk i/o

I have an mdadm array which has constant disk i/o. I know it's the array bc my server shows which specific drives have activity. According to iotop there's a constant disk write of 3-6 Mbps, however, ...
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Is there a point where harddrive age (Power On Hours) necessitates replacement? [duplicate]

I have several storage arrays where a significant number of the drives have been powered on between 25,000 - 30,000 hours (2.8 - 3.4 years). These drives have no other issues or errors. What I want ...
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SAS disk and intel motherboard

What kind of Cable shall I use to connect [ http://www.amazon.com/SAS-Enterprise-Hard-Drive-WD1001FYYG/dp/B0090UELTW ] and server board: http://ark.intel.com/products/56334/intel-server-board-s2600cp4 ...
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Disk access slow

I have a process running in a CentOS 6.3 server. When logging is turned on, the process slows down drastically. The logs are being written to /tmp [root@localhost src]# hdparm -I /dev/sda /dev/sda: ...
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Use FreeNAS server as external drive with USB 3

This might be a weird question. Is it possible to connect a FreeNAS server to a computer with USB 3 and use the NAS as a high-throughput external drive? We would want this sometimes to not be capped ...
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Can a 7200RPM drive transfer speed at a full 6 Gbit/s?

Many vendors sell 4GB SATA and Nearline SAS drives which spin at 7200RPM. The vendors will advertise a 6 Gbit/s interface with no mention of actual data transfer speed. I've had conversations with ...
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Why are “sectors per track” still relevant on a modern OS with modern drives?

I am building out a new machine and the raid controller is asking me for sectors per track. I haven't had to deal with disk math in a long time (1998?), and I can't find anything that pertains to ...
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Why is file rewrite slower?

on Linux, using various benchmark tools (bonnie++, iozone, etc) on ext4 (but i guess it's the same on other FS), rewrite is always slower than write to new files. For example, using bonnie++, with ...
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Why does dd show slow disk speed first time?

I'm checking the disk speed of a hdd on CentOS 6 using dd command. The setup is a DRBD setup - with this server being primary. To ensure that I get correct values, I execute the dd command 3 times ...
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Why does a failed ZFS disk still seem to work fine?

Two disks just failed in my zpool with read/write errors, so I took them out and inserted them in another host, created a zpool just with them, and filled the file system with dd if=/dev/zero ...
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Importance of disk alignment for Windows Server 2012

I saw article about Disk alignment here and also here.Also there where some references that windows server 2003 has some problem with disk alignment. After reading article I am confused whether we ...
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Disk IO cutting out on Windows Server 2008 R2 running in VMWare

We've been trying to fix a problem with our server for about a week now. Only in the past few days have we really found out what the issue is. Just some information up front: We run a VM with a 3rd ...
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Disk Speed Performance in a SAN

We are currently looking into buying a SAN, and have some concerns over the speed of disks we are going to put into the array. We would normally have gone for 15k disks over 10k every time, but one of ...
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Finding root cause of 99.99% iowait with 0% SWAPON

Users and DBAs are complaining that "Oracle is slow" on our OEL servers. The only thing I have found from the OS standpoint is that there are some strange IOWAIT stats from iotop. Output from iotop: ...
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ESXI cannot boot with external hdd [closed]

I've tried to make ESXI vm's to boot up automatically when a reset happened to ESXI host(HP dl380), and I've got an external H.D.D connected to it for backup purpose but the problem is that ESXI ...
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High CPU load caused by slow disks?

We are running a online application on a 3-year old server (quadcore Xeon, 4GB RAM, SAN-disks). The server hosts besides the web application a SQL-, FTP-, SFTP, SMTP, and POP-services. Over the years ...
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SSD life span depends on rewrite [closed]

I want to know the life span of a SSD. Some where i read that If there is more write on the SSD then it will have less life. Is it true? What are the factors mainly effecting SSD life span. Please ...
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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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Connecting SATA 3 to SAS port performance analysis

SATA 3 hard disk can be connected to SAS ports. But If i connect SATA 3 drive to a SAS port then can i get same speed as SATA 3 originally offers or will it be a difference? Will it reduce the ...