6
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2answers
820 views

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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1answer
443 views

Vpd r/w failed This is likely a firmware bug on this device [closed]

Does this mean my RAID 1 device is failing? EDIT: seeing this is a raidcare issue. How can I pull the specs and download/install the driver? netlink: 12 bytes leftover after parsing attributes. ...
0
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1answer
94 views

Which hardware I need for building up a backup server, which is able to store 100TB+? [closed]

we are managing a pool of 40 PCs with an attached storage of up to 3 TB each. Every weekend we copy this data to 3 other PCs with several RAID5-systems inside to have some kind of backup. We chose 3 ...
3
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3answers
316 views

How to understand the LSI HBA connector specs?

When reading the specifications for the LSi SAS 9206-16e HBA, it says Storage Connectivity; Data Transfer Rates * 16 ports; 6Gb/s SAS 2.1 compliant SAS Bandwidth * Half Duplex 2400MB/s, x4, ...
13
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1answer
2k views

Hardware RAID controller cache battery failure frequency/lifetime?

I'm in an environment that contains many Supermicro servers equipped with Adaptec and LSI MegaRAID hardware RAID controllers. These controllers contain battery-backed cache modules to help boost write ...
1
vote
2answers
85 views

Install RAID1 without Second Hard Drive?

HP P410i Raid Card. I am waiting for a second hard drive to arrive. Is it possible to start with 1 hard drive and enable RAID1 without loosing data when the second drive is installed?
2
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2answers
264 views

RAID 10 — how do you know a drive is going or is bad?

I have some servers with a datacenter all the servers have RAID 10 setup. How do I know when one of the drives is going bad or is bad and needs to be replaced? EDIT: These servers are unmnaaged and ...
3
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1answer
505 views

moving raid 10 to another identical server both on Smart Array 6i controllers

I have dead HP DL 380G4 with RAID 1+0 with 1 logical volume from 4x72GB drives on built-in Smart Array 6i 128Mb BBWC. It was shut down properly. It seems it was usual death for Proliant with ILO led ...
6
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2answers
3k views

How long should rebuilding 250GB take? [closed]

In a PowerEdge 1900 have I a hardware RAID 5 of 5x250GB disks + 1 hot spare 250GB. Disk 2 have errors, so I forced it offline in the raid bios to replace it. Now it have been rebuilding to the hot ...
1
vote
1answer
981 views

Hard Drive (Failure) IBM x336, Diagnose and Fix RAID-1 & Configure IBM Software

A year ago I was given an old IBM x336 server to run some personal projects on, now I knew nothing about servers at all so just put some more RAM in, wiped and disks and installed Ubuntu Server on it ...
6
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3answers
569 views

Would unplugging a drive simulate a drive failure?

I just set up a RAID 1 array, 2 2tb drives mirrored. I am wondering what will happen if one were to fail. Would unplugging one of them be a valid test? I am using the Onboard controller of an asus ...
1
vote
1answer
342 views

RAID problem maybe? Makes server unresponsive after an hour or so of uptime

After a complete failure of an IT person came to my client's office to upgrade the harddrives on a server (windows 2003 RC2), our server now is basically unusable. The machine will boot up but after ...
0
votes
2answers
297 views

Optimal Configuration for five 300 GB 15K SAS Drives

I recently acquired an HP Z800 workstation that has five 300 GB 15K SAS Drives. This system will be dedicated to running multiple virtual machines under VMware Workstation (Note: I'm not using ESXi ...
3
votes
5answers
1k views

Server with 3 Disk, what's the best HD Configuration?

I Have an HP Server with a quad core Opteron and 3 Disk 250Gb S-ATA Disk, i'm thinking about what's the best configuration of the disk for performance and reliability. There is mainly 2 scenario : ...
0
votes
3answers
359 views

VMWare Workstation Dev Machine Disks: one fast or four echofriendly raid?

I'm building a new dev computer. It will be running a few VMWare Worksation virtual machines - A dev machine running VS-2010, a build machine, a version-control machine, a web server for testing, a ...
0
votes
2answers
917 views

How to detect undetected hard drive volume in Windows Server 2003

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2650 and I'm running Windows Server 2003. Here is some back ground on the hardware of this Dell PE 2650. I have 4 (not 5) 17GB RAID drives and has set up two containers. In ...
3
votes
5answers
739 views

RAID hard drive configurations

I'm building a linux traffic shaping routing box for a leased line connection. This box has to be reliable, so I'm planning on installing the operating system and data files on a RAID 1 configuration. ...