Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is a computer bus used to move data to and from computer storage devices such as hard drives and tape drives. SAS depends on a point-to-point serial protocol that replaces the parallel SCSI bus technology that first appeared in the mid 1980s in data centers and ...

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SAS Expander backplane performance drops when more than 8 drives are active?

We are using an LSI 9211-8i raid controller (flashed in IT mode) in a PCI-e 2.0 x8 slot. It's connected to a supermicro SAS 836EL1 backplane with 1 SFF-8087 cable. We have 16 drives installed. When ...
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SFF-8087 cable and connector variations causing fault?

I recently bought a set of 6 cables to connect my LSI MegaRAID card to my Norco-4224 backplane. The connector on both ends is SFF-8087. However, when they arrived, the disks would not be detected. ...
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Hardware mods: kludging a conversion from U320 SCSI to SAS/SATA

I apologise if this isn't an appropriate question for this forum. I've an elderly server that works well and that I'd therefore prefer not to scrap entirely. But I would like to replace the current ...
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Failing drive in RAID10 array; which degraded state will be least punishing on performance?

Running on LSi 9260-16i, with 16 SAS drives (Seagate Savvio 15k.2). One drive is getting media read errors, so we're going to RMA it out. Which of these is the least performance destroying option in ...
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How to upgrade the firmware of HP SAS expander card without Smart Array controller or Proliant Server?

How can I update/upgrade/flash the firmware of an HP SAS expander card [468406-B21 a.k.a. 487738-001]? I used to do this using Windows and a HP P410 Smart Array controller, however that controller is ...
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How to enable SAS-12 on LSI 9361 RAID controller

By default, this SAS-12 controller runs with SAS-12 SSDs at SAS-6 speeds. How to unlock SAS-12?
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LSI MegaRaid - Image Drive from Failed RAID

I had a power failure and my LSI MegaRaid 3 disk SAS RAID 0 failed. My attempts to recover the RAID have also failed. I plan to rebuild the array and go with RAID 5 and add another SAS disk. ...
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Mini-SAS Connector Issue

allow me to apologize in advance, because I am horribly uneducated in this realm, yet I find myself with this problem: My company hired ProMax to setup all of our networking in our office. One of the ...
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Unsupported Storage Connection Detected on HP DL380 Gen8

I'm hoping this is the right place to ask. I recently received a new HL DL380 Gen8 server, on which I want to install Server 2012 R2 via Intelligent Provisioning. According to the specifications, ...
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Why do servers have SAS instead of SSDs? [closed]

I was wondering why do servers still come with SAS disks instead of SSD disks? I know that SAS are faster than normal hard drives but they are still much slower than SSDs. I think they are more ...
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HP ProLiant ML350e Gen8 v2 Not Detecting Hard Drives

I have tested several solutions but non of them cant detect my 2 hard drives (legacy mode , acpi and raid embended) I have a 2 Dell-Seagate SAS Cheetah 15k,7 hard drives (ST3300657SS) (they are not ...
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1 x Raid card and 6 sata drive over 1 SFF-8087 port [closed]

I have a question regarding LSI00328 LSI MegaRAID SAS 9271-4i Can I connect 6x sata drives to -4i card or I need -8i version
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“Core Charge” on defective server HDDs

I have collected a pretty decent amount of SAS and SCSI disks over the years that have a predictive failure warning. I was just about to throw them all out, but wondered if any of the manufacturers ...
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Bandwidth with SAS expanders and RAID controllers

Having a RAID controller that has eight internal SATA3 lanes, you can get 6 Gb/s on all eight drives. What if I connect a 24 port SAS expander to an eight port RAID controller, do I still get max ...
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Why does a low level format take very long time?

I can write ~100MB/s on a particular 4TB SAS drive when it have a file system on it, but a low level format on this drive took >16 hours. That's ~70kB/s. Since there is not filesystem and only zeroes ...
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What is a Fibre Channel disk? [closed]

Our NetAPP SAN uses something called "Fibre Channel" disks. What are Fibre Channel disks, and does this mean that I can't replace them with a NetApp SATA or SAS disk?
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How does loss of DWORD synchronization affect the health of an SAS disk?

I tried to get more information from the error log of an SAS disk by running the following command that prints values and descriptions of the SAS (SSP) Protocol Specific log page. # smartctl -d scsi ...
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Wiping hard drives in an IBM DS3512

I have an IBM DS3512 RAID storage device, which I'm planning to sell. How would I reliably wipe my data off of all the hard drives? As far as I can tell, it abstracts away all direct access to the ...
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Arranging a raidz3 ZFS vdev to tolerate entire JBOD failures?

Let's say I'm going to build a very large 1PB zpool. I'll have a head unit with the HBAs inside of it (maybe 4 port LSI SAS cards) and I will have perhaps 7 45-drive JBODs attached to the head unit. ...
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poweredge 1950 iii disk options

I have a pair of poweredge 1950 iii boxes which I use for a VMware lab. They are loaded with 64 gb of ram (I discovered that this is actually supported), a pair of quad core cpus, and a pair of 300gb ...
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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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Can disk drives from a PV MD3220i be moved to a PE R420, and vice-versa?

I've read that some Dell hardware (mostly storage enclosures these days) are picky about drive firmware (i.e. Dell certified drives). But I can't find a definitive answer about swapping Dell-certified ...
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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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Are FC and SAS DAS devices standard enough?

Before I ask my questions, here is some background info that may or may not be useful: For the first time I find myself needing a DAS solution. My priority is data through-put in a single direction. ...
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What limits a Device not to detect multiple LUNs behind a single target?

What limits a Device not to detect multiple LUNs behind a single target? What is required to make this possible in broad perspective? I want to know if there are any limitations in SAS/SATA or SCSI? ...
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Is it possible to use a HP P410 Controller in a ML150 Gen5 server? i.e. is there a cable that interfaces with a Gen5 cage?

Specifically I want to use a SAS card (a P410) and some drives that I have spare in a ML150 Gen5 server. If there is a cable that converts mini SAS to the Gen5 SAS cage connection can someone point ...
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HP DL380 G7 using P410 controller with a SAS Expander card

A sever is fitted with a HP SAS Expander card and 10x disks (2x mirrored Arrays). The server is not detecting any logical volumes or physical disks. So is it ok to bypass the expander card and ...
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How to change SAS address on Expander

I have the following setup - two supermicro backplane attached to one controller LSI SAS 9207-4i4e and unfortunately cannot access the disks, during boot there are disks only in one backplane, the ...
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Performance Difference SAS vs. SATA?

Can not find that anywhere it seems. What is the expected performance difference in a storage backend scenario that is heavily parallellized in access (like a SAN, Virtualization host storage etc.) ...
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Can Dell PE 1950 with SAS Controller take SATA drive? [closed]

I am a programmer (not an expert hardware engineer) trying to build a small hadoop cluster at home (at a cheaper price point) for processing some datasets of interest. I am getting these Dell PE ...
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Upgrade to 3x Samsung SSD EVO in RAID-0 — what type of RAID controller to search for? [closed]

My current configuration is a RAID-0 with three conventional 2TB hard drives. I want to upgrade to three 1TB SSD EVO disks, also in a RAID-0 configuration. Using SiSoftware Sandra, I found out that ...
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HP ProLiant with SATA/SAS Drives

I Currently have a DL350 G5. I have 4 74GB SAS drives in RAID that work fine but I tried to add a 1TB WD RED SATA drive for some storage and the RAID controlling isn't giving me an option to create a ...
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How to perform disk test attached to LSI RAID controller

I have four Seagate ST33000657 SAS drives attached to LSi 9260-4i controller. I want to test them for hw errors and bad sectors, before launching into production. I ve tried SeaTools, but it's not ...
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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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Portable SAS Drive (USB/Thunderbolt Interfacing)? [closed]

I have a few spare 2.5" HP SAS SSDs sitting around and collecting dust for about 2-3 years now. They were used for about 1 day in another project that ended rather abruptly. I now have a need to ...
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Difference between SAS multilane, direct-attached HDD and expander backplane?

What's the difference between multilane, direct-attached HDD and expander for SAS backplanes? Supermicro chassis description page Direct attached HDD backplane (TQ version), multilane ...
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Using SATA III SSDs for ZFS pools

I'm thinking of building a ZFS server optimized for random access (PostgreSQL database). I figured that I have 2 options: Use pools consisting of the Crucial M500 960 GB SATA III SSDs. Enterprise ...
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Dell T-420 with Perc 310 controller - how do controller channels map to physical drive bays

The Perc 310 has two SAS controller connectors, SAS-A and SAS-B. Each of these supports which has 4 internal mini-SAS, providing a total of eight lanes of PCI Express. Question is how do these two ...
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Sanity check on 40TB server configuration

I've got 40 years in computing, but I've never had to build a server quite like this one, so this might be a n00b question. I have a client that is going to offer ultra-high def music files for ...
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How to connect a SAS expander like RES2SV240? [duplicate]

I'm afraid this is going to be a very noob question, sorry. I am looking at the RES2SV240 card from Intel. I have never used SAS or an expander, and I'm a bit confused about how it works. First, the ...
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Which RAID C600 Upgrade Keys for S2600CP4 Intel server board to enable SAS features

I need RAID C600 Upgrade Keys for S2600CP4 Intel Server Board to enable SAS features. I am not sure which one shall I use: RKSAS8 or RKSATA4R5?
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HP DL380G6 + MSL2024 LTO6 SAS : Which HBA? [closed]

I'm going to upgrade our backup server and I'd like to confirm that the following specs won't choke after the purchase. It'd be great if you could tell me your opinion Our current setup is: HP ...
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SAS disk and intel motherboard

What kind of Cable shall I use to connect [ http://www.amazon.com/SAS-Enterprise-Hard-Drive-WD1001FYYG/dp/B0090UELTW ] and server board: http://ark.intel.com/products/56334/intel-server-board-s2600cp4 ...
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Additional Storage Options for Hadoop HDFS Nodes

We have a small production Cloudera distribution Hadoop cluster(14 nodes, but growing). As we have expanded our usage of this cluster we have found that disk storage is our biggest blocker and ...
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Can proprietary SATA/SAS drives be used in a standard SATA controller

If I take SATA or SAS drives out of a Dell or HP server and install them in a different machine with a standard SATA or SAS controller will they still be readable? Obviously if they are part of a ...
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Cable compatibility: will SAS 6GB/s fallback to 3 GB/s?

I’m just in the process of configuring a server for RAID 1 by inserting an IBM ServerRAID M1015 card and two Seagate ST2000NM0023 SAS drives. Both controller and drives are rated as 6 GB/s. ...
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Connecting SAS drives to Server which supports only SATA

Is there any adapter or connector available to connect a SAS drive to a Server having motherboard which supports only SATA drives. It is ok if can connect it for temporary. I need to transfer some ...
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Connecting SATA 3 to SAS port performance analysis

SATA 3 hard disk can be connected to SAS ports. But If i connect SATA 3 drive to a SAS port then can i get same speed as SATA 3 originally offers or will it be a difference? Will it reduce the ...
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SAS IT Mode controllers and SAS Expanders

Lots of semi-related posts, but none that address this scenario. I picked up an LSI SAS1064E-IR based HP Controller. I flashed it with an -IT firmware, and things look somewhat ok. Except that I ...
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Can disk be purchased by user from vender other than Dell and add to Dell PowerEdge R720xd server after the server is purchased?

The following is the price of the 4TB NL-SAS drive offered by Dell for PowerEdge 720xd. 4TB 7.2K RPM Near-Line SAS 6Gbps 3.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive [$663.38] It seems to be too expensive. A similar ...