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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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How to increase hidden/used space on an SAS hard drive

My server is Windows 2008 R2 Standard Server. I have a SAS drive where all my website files are with the following properties: NTFS File System Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in ...
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RAID 10 over RAID 5 when using SSDs

I am considering implementing an iSCSI shared storage array using SATA SSDs instead of the 15k RPM SAS drives we normally purchase. We normally use RAID 10 because of spindle contention with the ...
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Using SATA drives with SAS shared backplane?

Is it possible to use SATA drives when you have a SAS shared backplane to be able to address the drives?
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Mixing 15K rpm SAS with 7.2K rpm SATA on Dell PowerEdge R610

Is it possible to mix 15K rpm SAS with 7.2K rpm SATA on Dell PowerEdge R610 on the same RAID configuration (Raid 5)? Is the SAS' speed going to drop to follow the lowest speed (the SATA speed)? and ...
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Third-party SSD in Proliant g8?

Anyone having success with third-party SATA or SAS drives with Proliant G8's? I know the G7's were flaky and had BIOS issues. We're looking for real-world success stories with particular brands and ...
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Using 2-port LSI 9286-8e card to control 24 SAS HDDs

I would like to rely on a RAID-on-chip solution to control 24 SAS hard drives in a direct-attached environment. How would you approach this to get best bandwidth given that I'd like to spend less ...
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Connecting a SAS server drive with SATA USB cable + Converter [closed]

I'd like to connect a SAS drive (ST3600057SS) to my computer via a USB SATA cable combined with a SAS to SATA converter. This doesn't work and I would like to know why and if there's any way around ...
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Can I use a Smart Array P410 controller on a HP Proliant DL 180 G5 server?

This link says the HP Proliant DL 180 G5 server only supports Smart Array E200, E500, P400 and P800 controllers. Can I use a Smart Array P410 instead? Currently the server has only the default ...
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HP SAS HDD in an EMC VNX storage?

Would it be possible to use HP SAS 6G DP 300GB 10K SFF drives in an EMC VNX 5100 storage unit, which currently holds EMC 10K SFF drives (these are really Seagate Savvio 10K.5 SFF drives). Generally, ...
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Windows 2012 RTM Dell G1 1950 and MD3000 with a SAS5 controller?

Seems like a June 6th post by Dell states that the RTM version of Windows Server 2012 should have all the necessary drivers for a Dell G1 1950 -> SAS5 -> md3000 setup. Can anybody who's tried this ...
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replace controller, add second controller, or use expander?

I have a Proliant DL380 G6 that I am re-purposing as a Hyper-V host for a new, off-site data center that will host our DR services. The server currently has a P410i controller with the 512MB BBWC ...
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ML350 G5 - upgrade hot swap drives to 6 Gb/s?

I support a non profit. They got an ML350 G5 donated to them and I immediately put it to good use for them :) It came with four HP 300GB 15K SAS drives - and of course, they have all now failed. I ...
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Do SATA disks on an SAS backplane impose cable length limits?

On two Supermicro 847E16-RJBOD1 enclosures, I have trouble accessing SATA disks on the rear backplane with 6gb/s. The only significant difference between rear and front backplanes is total cable ...
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ESX 3i Drive Assertion Fault on otherwise working system

The graphic (below) shows the fault I am seeing in VMWare Infrastructure Client, the drive0 light is also flashing. Not sure why, the other drive lights are green. Can't see any errors in the logs and ...
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PostgreSQL server: 10k RPM SAS or Intel 520 Series SSD drives?

We will be expanding the storage for a PostgreSQL server and one of the things we are considering is using SSDs (Intel 520 Series) instead of rotating discs (10k RPM). Price per GB is comparable and ...
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Connecting HP storageworks to Dell poweredge R720 [closed]

Can HP storageworks 1/8 G2 tape autoloader be connected to a Dell poweredge R720 server?
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Supermicro x8SAX support

Does a Supermicro x8SAX support SAS drives? I looked through the manual but am not seeing where this is mentioned. I want to set up on board raid 1
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Preventing h/w RAID cards from dropping slow JBOD disks

I'm considering buying a used SAS h/w RAID card for externally attaching HDDs to an HP ProLiant I'm setting up. However, I only require RAID functionality on some of the drives. Theoretically it ...
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RAID Controller Link Speed

I was wondering what sequential speed should I expect from a RAID controller that has 1 x MiniSAS 6Gbps port. In the product details -> Data Transfer Rates: Up to 6Gb/s per port Does this MiniSAS ...
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Why is my drive so full on my Windows 2008 Server

My server is Windows 2008 R2 Standard Server. I have a secondary SAS drive where all my website files are with the following properties: NTFS File System Allow files on this drive to have contents ...
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Are there different kinds of Mini SAS to 4x SATA reverse breakout cables?

I have an RPC-4224 case that has 24 bays with 6 Mini SAS ports. I needed a cable to break out one of them into 4 SATA ports, so I went down to my local Fry's Electronics and bought one. The cable came ...
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HP MDS 600 compatibility questions

I've bought a used HP MDS 600 to use as JBOD to a ZFS filesystem. Originally I just assumed that it was a pretty 'dumb' box and I'd be able to use a SAS card like the 16-port LSI one, and most any ...
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Can I use an HP Smary Array SAS Controller Card In Non-HP Server? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Proliant raid controller in a PC There are a bunch of cheap HP Smart Array SAS controller cards on ebay and I'm wondering if they will work with non HP servers ...
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HP P2000 G3 MSA (SAS) - Configuring 2 Hosts to use the same volume (cluster)

I have got 2 x HP DL360 G7 servers with the sc08 controller cards installed, and dual controller P2000 G3, the cabling is a single cable from each server to the controlelr cards (using SAS port 1 on ...
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External 2.5" enclosure SATA power only [closed]

we have these mini-SAS PCIe SATA III controllers. Mini-SAS enclosures seem to run about $500, but I can use a $10 mini-SAS-to-SATA adapter cable so then all I need is an external enclosure that ...
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What type of SAS/SATA cables do Dell SAS6/iR and SAS5/iR controller cards use?

I'm considering buying a bunch of these to upgrade our servers at work (with SATA drives, not true SAS). We are out of ports to plug disks into, and these cards are decently supported and cheap. The ...
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Does the Intel DX79TO motherboard support x8 devices (SAS HBAs) on PCIe x16 slots?

Context: I have an Intel DX79TO motherboard and a Sun SAS3081E-S/LSI 1060E-S HBA card with a PCIe x8 interface. I plug the HBA into my mobo next to my graphics card, and the HBA power lights ...
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Are all SAS drives hot-swappable?

Can get a 300GB Cheetah 15K SAS 3.5 disk for quite a bit cheaper through another supplier vs. Dell's out-of-warranty depot (for an aging PowerEdge server). Specs are identical, wondering if there's ...
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RHEL5 do not see sas tape library

We have a tape library which is connected to a server by SAS link. Server is running OS Linux. OS doesn't see the tape library in /proc/scsi/scsi . We tried to rescan scsi bus(*1), but it didn't help. ...
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DAS vs SAN storage for serving 2 to 4 nodes

We currently have 4 Linux nodes with local storage, arranged in two active/passive pairs with storage mirrored using DRBD, running virtual machines (actually using Xen Hypervisor) for typical hosting ...
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Do 10m external SAS cables work?

According to the Wikipedia page external SAS cables are specified for up to 10m length. However, I found it pretty hard to actually find places that sell cables of that length. This made me wonder: ...
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What is the max supported number of SATA devices (using cable adapters) on a Dell SAS 6/iR adapter?

I've got a Dell SAS 6/iR PCI-E adapter. I don't have a multiplier backplane. I'm planning on connecting SATA (non SAS) drives. If I buy cable adapters only (ones that split a SAS connector on the card ...
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SAS vs Near-line SAS vs SATA

I'm unsure about the differences in these storage interfaces. My Dell servers all have SAS RAID controllers in them and they seem to be cross-compatible to an extent. The Ultra-320 SCSI RAID ...
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Mixing dual and single port SAS disks

I have a HP DL380 G5 with 8x146GB single port SAS SSF disks (DG146ABAB4). A couple of them have failed and I can't find any new single port disks anymore. They all seem to be dual port. I'm wondering ...
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Monitor SMART Values of a SAS/SCSI drive with Munin

I'm trying to monitor my two SAS drives using the SMART Tools Plugin for MUNIN. On SATA drives its no problem, all SMART values are being shown. It seems that smartctl doesn't output valuable SMART ...
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Dell MD1000 and an x4 SAS connector throughput / layout

I'm trying to get my head around how a multi lane x4 SAS connector works in a DAS system such as the Dell MD1000. I understand that each lane is 3Gbps, and that multiple hard drives can share a lane. ...
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HP D2700 enclosure and SSDs. Will any SSD work?

I've got an HP D2700 enclosure that I'm looking to shove some 2.5" SSD drives in. Looking at the prices of HP's SSD drives vs something like an Intel 710 and even something less 'enterprisey', there's ...
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Does the order of SAS drive matter when installing old drives?

I have an old IBM server with 12 hard drive bays, 4 of which are used (SAS 72GB drives), and configured in a RAID 1 array. The server will be sent away for repairs, when it comes back, do I need to ...
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HP SAS hdd in non-HP server

I wonder if I could re-use some HP SAS drive in a non-HP server. Description: 146GB 2.5" Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SFF 3G Single Port Hot-Plug 10K HDD Option Part# 431958-B21 Spare Part# 432320-001 ...
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How can I connect a SAS drive to USB?

I have a Dell T710 with Seagate Cheetah 15k.7 SAS disks. If the T710 motherboard dies, I'll need to resort to one of my nightly off-site backups and salvage the journal/logfile from the SAS disk to ...
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Difference between LSI SAS3081E-R vs. LSI SAS3081E-S SAS/ATA HBAs

I'm trying to figure out if there are any differences between the "R" vs. the "S" of this SAS controller. As far as I can tell, the "S" is a Sun Microsystems re-branded version. I can't find much ...
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ASUS PIKE 6480 doesn't work with debian?

I have DIYed an 1U server with [ASUS Z8NA-D6] motherboard, PIKE 6480 extended RAID card, and four SAS hard disk. And I can find this extended card's module in the linux kernel called mvsas. But fail ...
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HP StorageWorks MSA60 SAS attached enclosure: how to manage online on Windows?

We have a HP StorageWorks MSA60 SAS attached enclosure, with 12x1Tb SATA disks, connected to a P800 controller. Until now, they were used with a Linux server under the control of an external company. ...
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SSDs or 15k sas for server OS / application drive?

I'm thinking about upgrading the OS / application drive for an HP DL 580 G5 running windows server 2003 64-bit. We currently use 3 75GB 10k rpm SAS drives in RAID 1. The server is mainly used for ...
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SAS enclosure doesn't restart - MSA60

I just inherited a HP StorageWorks MSA60 (this is a direct-attach SAS enclosure). I had to move it to another shelf so I turned off the computer which was using it. I also pulled the 2 power cords off ...
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LSI 9285-8e and Supermicro SC837E26-RJBOD1 duplicate enclosure ID and slot numbers

I am working with 2 x Supermicro SC837E26-RJBOD1 chassis connected to a single LSI 9285-8e card in a Supermicro 1U host. There are 28 drives in each chassis for a total of 56 drives in 28 RAID1 ...
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MegaRAID SAS 8208XLP

I'm just wondering whether anyone knows if I can use a Debian distro with the MegaRAID SAS 8208XLP controller. Currently at the moment LSI only supply drivers/support for RHEL/CentOS but I was ...
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Any experience with SATA SAS Interposer Cards?

Driven by the current price difference between SATA and SAS disks on one side and the potentially bad behaviour of SATA disks in bigger storage arrays on the other side, I have found so-called ...
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Can I mix SAS and SATA2 drives on one controller?

I've read here that I can't mix SAS and SATA2 drives on the same controller - is that really true? I understand I shouldn't mix on the same channel, but the same card!? For example, when I plug my ...
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Dell R510 backplane/LSI RAID card

I've been tasked to price up and order a new server. My plans are for a Dell Poweredge R510 with the 8 HDD option, an LSI 9265-8i RAID card, two Dell 600GB 15k 3.5" SAS drives in RAID 1, and six Intel ...