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

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Is disk's UUID a good identifier for disk?

My tool working among 100 disks, some of them may attach or detach from the server during the tool running. I want to use disk's UUID as disk's id, and I got the question: If some disk disk_1 got a ...
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High disk I/O activity in CentOS server

I have about 16 websites in a CentOS dedicated, and I am having some problems on high traffic hours, it seems to be a high disk I/O activity causing a general slowdown. I've installed atop and this ...
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NFS and physical storage used in client [on hold]

I tried searching on the Internet information about NFS and the resources it uses, but I could not find a definitive answer to my question. I want to understand the following: Having two servers on ...
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Server 2012 R2 System Disk Filling

This is a bit of a strange issue - the usual troubleshooting steps don't seem to apply. On a XenServer 6.2 host (with SP1), I have a guest VM that is running Windows Server 2012 R2 that functions as ...
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Linux disk usage analyser that acts like symlinks are real files

I am using git-annex, an extension to the DVCS git, which is designed for handling large files. It makes heavy use of symlinks. The actual large files are moved to the .git/annex directory and the ...
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Hooking up many different external HDs simultaneously

I need a large amount of external storage for an upcoming project. I'm planning on purchasing 10 2TB external drives. I need them all hooked up to a single machine at the same time. What issues ...
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BSOD crashes after a freeze period of 100% Highest Active Time while the Hard Disk actually appears to be idle [migrated]

After a few BSoD crashes of my Windows 7 that follow a period of semi-frozen environment, I have started monitoring my Resource Monitor to try to catch the culprit in act. The symptoms are: The ...
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FreeNAS not detecting hard drive

I have a FreeNAS box (OS install onto USB), with 2 hard drives in it. In the GUI its only showing 1 (ada0). How do I make it detect the other one? They are both showing in dmesg: ada0 at ahcich1 ...
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Creating a Password reset disk on Windows server 2008 R2 using an external hard drive

I started creating a reset password disk on my windows 2008 r2 server using an external hard drive which I have formated. The process starts as follows=- -Go to start -Open control panel -Go to ...
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Grow individual drive size in RAID5 array

My array is built of 3 hard drive of 2TB, I have 2 more free space and I would love to start to grow my array with 4TB hard drives, if I start to put 2 4TB hard drives and eventualy replace the 2TB ...
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hp proliant microserver not detecting hard drive

So, I've hit a bit of a wall with the HP Proliant Microserver N40L. I'm trying to install a new hard drive, 4 TB, but it's not being detected by the BIOS and thus, not the OS either. It just spins up, ...
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Deploying Production Linux Servers on hard drives [closed]

When deploy Linux servers how would your partition the drivers within servers that use mySQL, LDAP, storage, etc.? Do you have a separate RAID array in RAID 1 with the Linux OS on it then have a ...
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What are the advantages of tape drives?

IBM still develop and sell tape drives today. The capacity of them seems to be on a par with today's hard drives, but the search time and transfer rate are both significantly lower than that of hard ...
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Ubuntu remount a root mount that's changed to ro as rw without rebooting

Because of errors=remount-ro an underlying NFS blip caused my root mount to be remounted as read-only. I know there is nothing wrong I need to worry about. How can I remount this as rw without ...
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Frequent disk usage by kworker, jbd2

So I came across my disk access light blinking an awful lot for what should be an idle processor. The Problem There's a kworker job usually named kworker/u16:n, where n is usually 0, 1, or 2 which, ...
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Two hard disks in Linux based server, have one sleep most of the time [closed]

I have two hard disks in my server. One of them is 300 GB and very silent. The other one is 750 GB and makes some noise (it's working perfectly, it's just not a silent drive). Both are connected ...
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ddrescue - how are my chances and how could I speed it up? [closed]

I am trying to rescue data from a damaged laptop's 500 GB hard drive using ddrescue version 1.19 on Ubuntu 14.04. After an initial run of ddrescue using sudo ddrescue -n -v /dev/sda disk.img ...
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Prevent HDDs from spinning up before shutdown in Ubuntu/ZoL/SAS2008 environment

I am running Ubuntu 14.04.2 with ZFS on Linux. As I ran out of SATA ports on my Asus M5A78L-M/USB3, I bought a Dell PERC H200 card and crossflashed it to LSI 9211-8i P19 IT mode firmware to ...
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Hard drives indication with controller MegaRAID SAS 9261-8i on HP Proliant DL320e Gen8. Is it possible?

Give me advice, please. My situation: There're the server HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 and MegaRAID SAS 9261-8i RAID Controller. I installed Controller into server and I reconnected Mini-SAS cord from ...
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Reuse hard-drive from ESXi 4.0 server in ESXi 5.5?

I have a server, which I would like to use in a new ESXi 5.5 server. It was used as a data store and contains VMs we would like to use on the new server. The hard-drive is SATA 3Gb which I believe ...
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mdadm: drive replacement shows up as spare and refuses to sync

Prelude I had the following devices in my /dev/md0 RAID 6: /dev/sd[abcdef] The following drives were also present, unrelated to the RAID: /dev/sd[gh] The following drives were part of a card reader ...
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Should I be concerned by frequent RAID warning message (unexpected sense - command aborted)?

I have a Fujitsu host (PRIMERGY RX300 S6) running Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V (Version 6.1) with two virtual servers (one Windows Server 2008 R2 and one Windows Server 2012). Our 25 employees ...
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Smartmontools ouput anlysys

I am trying understand the smartmontools, when I executed the command "smartctl -a /dev/sda" It shows the part of output with heading"SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1" under which a ...
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Acknowledging a warning in DELL OpenManage

We have a DELL R510 server where we replaced all the hard drives with new but non-certified 3TB disks. Now OpenManage throws a warning for every hard disk as "non-critical", since it recognizes the ...
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IBM X3850 M2 (7233) server hard drives - Novice help needed

We have just bought a used IBM X3850 M2 (7233) server. The plan being to use it for CFD analysis calculations, taking the workload off our workstations. Not being an expert on these matters... Can I ...
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Unsupported 3TB drives - should we expect any issues?

We recently purchased a number of 3TB drives, only to realize later it was for a Dell server with a PERC 6i, and that >2TB drives are not supported. Based on the amount we paid though, the restocking ...
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How do I mount a “GPT Protective Partition” in Windows XP?

I formatted an external USB harddrive while it was connected to a 32-bit Windows 2003 Server Std. edition server. After loading it up with files, I moved it to my Windows XP SP3 where it didn't show ...
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Re-sizing disk partition linux/vm

I VM Player running a linux guest and I was wanting to know how do I expand the disk? In the VM player I gave more disk space but I am not sure how to mount/expand/connect the new disk space to the ...
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Need to add new hdd on existing ubuntu server 12.04 [closed]

I'm having Ubuntu server 12.04LTS as my local with 500GB HDD. Now I added one more 500GB with this. But, I can't able to find the new one in /media. While trying with sudo fdisk -l I got this. ...
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How do I measure disk thrashing on linux?

How do I accurately observe and measure the amount of virtual memory utilization and activity on Linux? I know there is vmstat, but how do I interpret the results? Or, what is better?
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Physically Identify the failed hard drive

So, let's say your server had 6 healthy hard drives. A drive fails (will not mount/detect, drops out of raid with errors) or is failing (SMART getting worse, etc). You need to swap out the bad ...
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how do I know if an SSD reaches its performance capability?

I was monitoring a new db server with SSD RAID-10 installed. It works fine for now but I was worrying someday it could reach its capability as the business goes on. So how can I know that before it's ...
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Partitions not recognized when installing Kubuntu 14.04 over complex RAID setup

I have three identical HDDs. Using a ROM utility, I configured the use of 90% of each of them as a RAID 5 array, and the other 10% as a RAID 0 array. That is, each array uses some area on all three ...
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Find current IOPS usage of EBS volume from my application on AWS EC2

I am relatively new to AWS and disk performance. I am trying to figure out how much provisioned IOPS does my application need to perform well. Currently My PHP and MySQL application is hosted on EC2 ...
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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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Server destroying and burning my Hard Drives [closed]

Before I start, let me inform you that I have been working as an IT Manager for large international companies for my whole life, and I have received masters degree from IT technology. I therefore ...
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How to make postfix not to access disk so often?

I have small server, mainly for backups. System is Ubuntu 9.10. Because backup is once a day, most of the time the server is idle. So I wanted disk to spin down, but it is always running. I can spin ...
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how to filter sar -d disk output tidily

sar -D output-I would like a suitable command to run alongside stress -hdd but this is the output which sar -D 1 10 gives. I have filtered it using both awk |'NR > 1 {printf ...
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Unable to get SMART metrics from Seagate Disks on Debian OS

Referring to the question here, I too am trying to get all attributes out, as explained in this blog here. I am using Debian 6 as OS, and installed smartmontools version 6.3 using apt-get. My 6 disks ...
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How can I resume a dd operation after a “error writing in file” status?

This command produced the error mentioned above after 9 h (preparing a 2 TB hdd for encryption): time openssl enc -aes-256-ctr -pass pass:"$(dd if=/dev/urandom \ bs=128 count=1 2>/dev/null | ...
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Can't move large files, always get Input/output error after some time

I want to move a large file (hdd of a paralells vm, 81G) from one hd to another. After some time I get the error message: Input/output error. What can I do to move the file? I checked source and ...
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Hyper-V Machine harddisk full, but not so

My virtual machine is having harddisk issues, at least that is what Hyper-V says. The VM has 20 gb available and is running ubuntu 14.x server. Its current usage is 4.7 GB and hyper-v pauses it time ...
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How can I monitor hard disk load on linux

Is there a good command line utility to monitor hard disk load on linux? Something like top but then monitoring disk activity i.s.o. cpu usage. More specifically, I suspect that for some (heavy load) ...
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Convert RAID from Mechanical Disks to SSD?

Any issues with converting a Mechanical Disk RAID to SSD by replacing the drives one-by-one? I couldn't find anyone online who has done this, so let's make this the place to post about it. If you ...
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Check for hard disk errors / signs of failure on CentOS Server

What's the best way to check for HDD errors and early signs of failure on CentOS?
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How to change hard disk array on HP Proliant ML 350?

We have a hd damage and we need to replace this hd, How to change and add more hd to array to HP Proliant ML 350 G5 server ?
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Dell RAID controller and 36TB storage [closed]

I've been back and forth with Dell about their RAID cards for a PowerEdge R710 server. So far half the customer service people who I spoke too said it would work, the other half said no. My question ...
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Recover data from OpenBSD softraid down to a single disk

I'm currently very desperate: I have a 3TB WD Red disk that I need to extract data from. This was part of a softraid on an OpenBSD 5.6 machine. I was in the process of migrating to a zfs on linux ...
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Fastest, surest way to erase a hard drive?

I'm looking for a quick, simple, and effective way to erase the hard drives of computers that my company will be getting rid of (donation to charity, most likely). Ideally, I would like a ...
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Windows Server 2012 hide external HDD for non-admins

I am setting up a server where people connect to via Remote Desktop. It uses AD DS and uses an external HDD with a share on it for people's data. However when these people log on, aside from the ...