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EC2 disk goes to 100% util, but fine after reboot

We've been running some production services on Amazon EC2 for a while, using mainly t1.large and t1.xlarge instances (non-EBS). Every so often one of the attached (ephemeral disks) will get into a ...
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Upgrading HP DL185 G5 8LFF, is using a Dell J1520 4-Drop SATA Adapter possible?

The HP DL185 G5 8LFF model supports 8 3.5" drives and 1 optical drive. However, instead of the optical drive, I'd like to have 2x 2.5" drives instead. The problem is that the PSU has no more SATA ...
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Why can't a GPT partitioned disk on SATA be read on USB?

If I GPT partition a 4TB disk when it is connected to SATA, then it works fine. If I take the disk and put in the an USB3 enclosure, then I get [root@localhost liveuser]# sfdisk /dev/sdb sfdisk: ...
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Why does my ReadyNas 4200 have a constant beep post disk failure

Went to check on a high pitched constant beep coming from the server room and discovered that all the LED lights on the disks were black except one which had a constant green. Post a Re-boot nothing ...
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Using Seagate 3TB drives with a Dell PERC 710 - do I have to worry about align and sector size?

I'm going to setup our new server with 8 3TB HDD from Seagate. They come, as far as I know, internally with 4K sectors. I've run this past weekend some burn-in tests on the disks, before setting them ...
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Cloning a two partition HDD onto a smaller HDD and maintaining MBR

I have a hard disk(A) containing two partitions - A1 is a NTFS partition containing a windows OS, and A2 is an NTFS partition containing data. I want to copy both of these partitions onto a different, ...
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How to restore files from harddrive with CRC (cyclic redundancy check) error

Greetings! Does anyone know the way to restore files from harddrive, that reports CRC (cyclic redundancy check) errors on acquiring file lists (even cmd's dir command). Thanks in advance! Update OS: ...
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Server 2008 - Multiple Event 55 NTFS

VMware ESXi with a virtual server running Windows Server 2008 R2. Event Viewer Administrative Events logs are flooded with the following error: Event 55, Ntfs The file system structure on the disk ...
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Windows Software RAID with Bad Sector: Which drive is broken?

We have three Seagate drives in a Windows software RAID stripe arrangement. The server began to freeze up. I was running two backups simultaneously with Acronis and BackupChain and thought I ...
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Sql Server 2012 Disk I/O Too high

I am running SQL Server 2012 on windows azure VM Windows server 2012. This is a live Database, about 250GB, with high usage. I applied some best practice articles for the temp-db long ago, and also ...
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Need to install and patch 700 hard drives, hardware or software?

I have 700 laptops that need patching after being offline for an extended period, and need to be ready to go in a 3 day timespan start to finish. They are running windows 7. We have SCCM 2012 as an ...
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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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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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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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mhddfs not support single file to split multiple hard drives.. if file size exceed limit of single storage device

I'm using mhddfs to combine multiple drives that are mounted over network using NFS. e.g. There are three machines Server Name Dir Space Server 1 /home 10 GB Space Server 2 /home 10 GB ...
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Windows server's HDD Spin down daily/nightly - Does it makes sense?

A Windows Server 2003 R2 has the following hard disk configuration: - 3 internal hard disks attached to a 3Ware unit, configured in Raid 1 + spare unit - 3 external USB backup disks: 2 Verbatim 1TB ...
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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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Shrinking a volume and extending another in dynamic disk

I have a test environment where I converted a disk to dynamic, shrunk a volume, and then expanded another all on the same disk. The result is that disk management in Windows Server 2008 R2 shows two ...
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Add Zabbix S.M.A.R.T. monitor to ESXi 5

I have a ESXi 5.1 host with 3 Hard Disk (1 SSD, 2 Magnetic) and I want to monitor them, especially for the S.M.A.R.T Data, that is critical and preannunce an HDD break. Since I'm really unfamiliar ...
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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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smartd rule does not work

I have an issue with smartd. I've studied its man page, and then I've set the SMART daemon to run long test of the hard disks two times a month and alert to the specified mail address in case of ...
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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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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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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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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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best setup for fast sustained streaming (sequential?) disk writes

i am setting up a high speed/high resolution scientific image acquisition system. i need data write rates of ~1 GB/sec sustained for ~1 hour. i don't have experience with raid, but my plan is to ...
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Differences between hdparm --read-sector and dd with “Current Pending Sectors”

This was originally an "answer" to How to use hdparm to fix a pending sector? I'd been getting SMART notifications for the same "Current Pending Sector" for days. The dd solutions around weren't ...
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How do I reboot over SSH, so that fsck can be run, on a read-only file system without sudo (or root)?

I have a server in a remote location, which I think is suffering disk issues and has remounted / as read-only. My Debian (Squeeze) installation does not have a root user. I have been using sudo to ...
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SSD Performance under Oracle

I have serious performance issues with oracle running over ssd. I have two OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS drives (firmware 2.15). It runs on a INTEL C600 SATA Chipset. Windows 2008 R2. So the issue is ...
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Ubuntu 11.04: FW400 drive won't remount on reboot

Ok, still a *nix n00b, and the answer is likely staring me in the face. Please be patient. Problem FW400 external drive will not mount on system reboot. FW cable needs to be disconnected and ...
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SAS disk performance drops a while after reboot on cent 5.5 boxes

So we have some workstations with identical hardware. The Fedora14 box has a couple weeks uptime and still get good performance. hdparm -tT /dev/sda /dev/sda: Timing cached reads: 21766 MB in ...
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renaming hard drives (sdc to sdb) on the fly

ata2: link is slow to respond, please be patient (ready=0) kernel: [2761026.198796] ata2: soft resetting link kernel: [2761031.226669] ata2.00: disabled kernel: [2761031.226720] ata2: EH complete ...
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Why would a diskless boot linux box stop seeing local hard drives?

A little background... I work on a system that uses PXE booting for the majority of the nodes. Several of these nodes have local hard drives that are used for persistent storage of data needed for ...
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Dell PE 830 with updated BIOS - 2 TB HDD

I was wondering if anyone had overcome the small disk limit on this server? Mine does not have a RAID controller and I wanted to install (2) 2 TB drives in it for storage and use the Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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Server drives gives input/output error when formatting in Fedora

I am at a total loss as to why this is happening. I have tried everything I can think of. I am trying to format a drive in Fedora to use in the server. Every time I try to format it I get a ...
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Replacing failed drive on a ESXi host

I have a failing drive on my ESXi 4 host and I'm going to replace it. There is no fault tolerance (RAID), each drive on its own. I'm planning do offline dding old drive to new one but I'm not sure ...
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Additional hard drive not detected in BIOS

So I'm working on a server which has a Tyan S2937 motherboard, and 2 CPUs. I have a drive bay capable of supporting 6 drives, and the motherboard has 6 SATA connectors. I want to setup the system ...
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mdadm: can't remove broken drive from raid1

I have a ubuntu server Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.2.0-34-generic x86_64) that uses a software raid with 2 physical drives. Apparently, one drive is unresponsive, and I try to remove it from ...
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Hard Drive Recovery; Owned by 1001 and operations block

I'm trying to recover data from a crashed hard drive. I have a SATA to USB cable and I'm trying to pull the data onto a temporary machine. The drive mounts just fine. However, the drive is owned by ...
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IBM XSeries 346 Ultra 320 hdd upgrade options

I recently acquired a IBM XSeries 364 server that I purchased to play around with(still in school), I figured at worst I can use it as a file server or TFS box. Now I realize that this machine was ...
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Using a non-validated SED on a Dell R720

We were given a Dell R720 a couple years ago, and the machine currently has standard 300GB 3.5" SAS 15k drives. Our RAID controller is a Perc H710. We need to update our disks to FIPS 140-2 ...
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Get physical drive size from command line

Is there a command that tells me whether I have 2.5 or 3.5" drives in a system?
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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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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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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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hdparm: Hard drive spin down logs

I've been using hdparm successfully to spin down hard drives on some systems, however I'm curious, is there anyway I can make hdparm generate some kind of spin down log, so I can further optimize the ...
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KVM LVM-based guest… kernel: Buffer I/O error on device. Failing drive?

Currently setting up a small KVM host to run a few VMs for a small business. The server has 2 drives in software md RAID 1, then I have it set as a PV in an LVM setup. Guests and hosts are all CentOS ...
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High disk usage in CSRSS.EXE

I recently started working on the server for a certain software (Tango). The users complained that it recently became extremely low, so I used an application (ProcessHacker) to see the resource usage ...
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Half of disk space missing on RAID1, all disks it seems to be ok

Hi there. I have a problem with raid array. I miss it a half. My disks layout is 2 x 250 gigabytes velociraptors (Array_0000) 2 x 1TB velociraptors (Array_0001) ....both connected in RAID1. OS ...
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Why parsing directories are so slow?

I have a directory with 136 000 files for a total of 1.8GB. The server has: 8 Cores - Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5606 @ 2.13GHz 25GB RAM Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS Hardware RAID 1 (LSI Logic / Symbios Logic ...