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

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Long-term media failure rates [on hold]

I am keen to know the long-term annual failure rates of hard-drive,flash, optical media, and tape. I have seen BackBlaze's study and Google's work on this which showed hard drives having approximately ...
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Replacing a Hard Disk with a clone fails

I just cloned a disk (A) using dd into the same kind of disk (B): dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb Now, I want to boot the server with new disk (B) instead of old (A). But i getting an error during ...
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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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Hard drive parameter exceeded its normal operating range [migrated]

I few days ago, I started seeing this message during boot: NOTICE - HD SELF MONITORING SYSTEM has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you backup ...
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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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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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How do I destroy a hard disk?

I have an old hard disk (Maxtor 250Gb) from about 3 years ago that started giving errors and now sits in a draw in my desk. It has some confidential data on it but it's unlikely that it can be read ...
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How to map a folder to memory?

Is there a way to map a particular folder to memory? Say I have C:\somePath and I want that folder to be in memory at all times and maybe changes are dumped to HDD asynchronously without my notice. So ...
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Where is my new hard disk Citrix Xen Center

I'm trying to create a new storage repository on a server that already has 2 old hard disks, set up with hardware RAID 1. It's my first time doing this in Xen Server environment so I wanna be extra ...
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Disable Caviar Green drives spinning down

A few months ago I build a 1u server to go into a colo facility. Not knowing any better, I used WD Caviar Green drives. My users have been complaining that the system can be a little slow off the ...
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How to set the spin down timeout on WD Green HDDs [migrated]

My internal WD20EARS disk does not spin down autoamtically. I tried hdparm -S 1 (5 seconds), but nothing happens. I disabled the IntelliPower headparking with wdidle3 from the Ultimate Boot CD. hdparm ...
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Deleting windows.edb and unchecking Indexing service lead to hard drive file records swapping

I followed the instructions listed here:http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/09/18/turn-off-and-disable-search-indexing-service-in-windows-xp/ to free up space on hard drive by deleting the windows.edb ...
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1TB Seagate Barracuda ST31000528AS - Unexpected “Offline uncorrectable sectors”

I bought a 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 - ST31000528AS drive about 18 months ago because it had a 5-year warranty, and used it alongside a Samsung Spinpoint under Ubuntu Server as one half of a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How should I burn in hard drives?

Google did a very thorough study on hard drive failures which found that a significant portion of hard drives fail within the first 3 months of heavy usage. My coworkers and I are thinking we could ...
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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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How can I find out what hard disks are attached to a Linux box?

Here's an easy question for you guys: How do I find out what hard drives are attached to a linux box? I'm hoping for a single command that can give me a nice list of all ata/scsi/etc drives. I've ...
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SQL Server database on an external hard disk drive

Due to some security problems, My boss has asked me to store all sensitive data in external/removable storages like USB stick or external HDD and this specially includes the MDF/NDF/LDF files of SQL ...
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Cannot extend existing data disk over 2TB on windows 2008 with dynamic and gpt part

As my D: disk is almost full (2TB) I extended the FC lun to 2.5TB. The new 500Go are seen by windows as "Unalloacted" as expected. I tried to extend the volume but windows says There is not enough ...
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How to create a RAM Drive (RAM Disk) in Windows 2008 R2?

There are lots of tools for creating RAM drives. None of them seem to work for windows 2008 R2. Does anyone know if this is possible and if so how. Does anyone know of a tool that does work? I've ...
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Decreasing Root Disk Size of an “EBS Boot” AMI on EC2

So I have followed Eric's wonderful article here: http://alestic.com/2009/12/ec2-ebs-boot-resize This was the code basically that helped me increase the default size of the AMI: ec2-run-sintances ...
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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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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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Do partitions needed to be unmounted when resizing a partition?

I have this article http://www.centos.org/docs/5/html/5.2/Deployment_Guide/s2-disk-storage-parted-resize-part.html which is not clear to me. And also someone told me that swap space does not need to ...
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Fedora 11 System - Failed Hard Drive Removed, and Boot gets GRUB Hard Disk Error [closed]

Greetings, I have a machine with a 120GB ATA drive that has what I thought to be non-essential data on it. I also have a 320GB SATA hard drive with the OS/Application/Files (good data I want to ...
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Ext4 self errors after some time on CentOS 5.8 64-bit

I get such warnings in dmesg: EXT4-fs error (device md2): mb_free_blocks: double-free of inode 0's block 602619328(bit 15808 in group EXT4-fs error (device md2): mb_free_blocks: double-free of inode ...
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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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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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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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Can LVM and Traditional Partitions Coexist?

Can you set up a machine in which different drives are formatted as either LVM volumes or as traditional partitions and mix and match the two? For e.g. have the LVM volume mounted as / and /home and ...
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How long does it take to fsck a volume?

We are running website which is currently serving 3-5 million page views. Our site is file sharing site and so it contains 250,000 files and few thousand symbolic links. The hard disk is a 1500GB ...
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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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What do these disk errors in syslog mean?

I just rebooted my monitoring server for the first time in a while, and the following starting filling the screen: Jul 11 23:52:30 monit kernel: [ 25.255908] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 ...
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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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How to format as FAT32 from Windows 7/Vista

What is the best way to format a USB drive with FAT32 (for Mac compatibility) from within Windows 7/Vista? I ask because the Disk Management only lets you pick exFAT (because the disk is over 32GB I ...
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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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Performance of unsupported 3TB drives

We recently purchased a number of 3TB drives, only to realize later it was for a server running a Perc 6i, and that >2TB drives are not supported. Based on the amount we paid though, the restocking ...
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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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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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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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Multiple Enterprise-level Western Digital hard drives failing

In 2007, I built a 2.5TB server with 5 500GB WDC RE2 hard drives in a RAID5 configuration. Since these are Western Digital's Enterprise-level drives, they come with a 5 year warranty, but I have been ...