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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 ...
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How do I check disk performance of LVM drive?

I have a CentOS server with 2 hard drives configured to use LVM over RAID1. How do I benchmark my hard drive? As seen in this question, I have used the following commands: # check read performance ...
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Abnormal CPU usage during Disk Write Operations

I have a decent CentOS 6.5 dedicated host (CentOS 6.5/E3-1230 3.2Ghz Quad Core + HT/16GB/Software Raid 1 SATA II/WD2503ABYX/ext4) with the default CentOS kernel and "elevator=deadline" in grub. I/O ...
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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 ...