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 use SAS expanders with Adaptec 2405 Raid Card

I have a server with Adaptec 2405 RAID card. I have 4 hard drives attached to it. I want to add 4 more. Adaptec site says 2405 can handle up to 128 hard drives with SAS expanders. It's not clear to me ...
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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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Linux / Multipath not using all paths, and won't use queue-length path_selector?

I have the following hardware: 2x SuperMicro servers (128GB RAM, 2x 8 core AMDs) 2x/server LSI SAS2008 PCIe MPT-Fusion2 HBAs (2 SAS ports per card) 1x LSI CTS2600 DAS with 24x W.D. 15.7k RPM 600GB ...
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Replace E200i with P800 or use both?

I'm managing a HP ML 350 G5 machine. It has a SAS controller(E200i) with two ports. Port 1 is attached to 4 drive bays and Port 2 also. Now we have bought a P800 Controller to improve performance. I'm ...
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Enterprise Tape Backup solutions

I'm currently attempting to re-architect a backup solution where I'm working. We've got 2 NAS devices, one in the office, one in the datacentre. The servers in the DC back up to the DC NAS, which ...
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HP DL180 G6 - Are 6G/s speeds obtainable?

I have a DL180 G6 server with 12x 2Tb 6G/s SAS drives. I was only getting 3G/s reported. I then went and purchased a P410 controller with 512 Meg cache and battery. I loaded up the drives with Server ...
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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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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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SAS / SAS2… compatible?

Is it theoretically possible to mix a SAS2 controller with a SAS expander? We just happen to have this scenario - the expander (which works fine with an older SAS adaptec controller) is not found and ...
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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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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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Why is my server's SAS drive 147 GB when most are 146 GB or does that matter?

I need to replace a failed drive in my Dell server's RAID 1 configuration. I pulled the drive and it's a Hitachi Ultrastar 15000rpm / SAS 147 GB. The supplier I usually order from only has SAS 15k ...
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3 Gbps or 6 Gbps SAS harddrives? Does it make a difference?

Is there a real-world difference between 3 Gbps and 6 Gbps SAS drives in a server? I keep reading that harddrives don't even fully saturate 3 Gbps yet, so 6 Gbps is nothing gained. I'm using multiple ...
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Cabling for SAS drives in a Dell T420 with Perc H710

After having purchased a Dell T420 with SATA drives and without RAID, and discovering this was a mistake for performance reasons, I'm obtaining a Perc H710 PCI card and SAS drives. Now I'm stuck with ...
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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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GNU/Linux: SAS-disk detected as /dev/sg7 - not as /dev/sdb

I have just installed a SAS disk into a Debian server. It was detected correctly and everything was fine. Then I moved the SAS disk to a different Debian server, the same hardware model and running ...
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Hyper-V 2012 and P2000 SAS SAN

Hi I am having major problems setting up a Hyper-V 2012 cluster on a P2000 SAS SAN. Running System Center VMM 2012 SP1 I am unable to see any storage to create my cluster. Has anyone had experienced ...
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Linux Multipath + SAS Array, “device errors” are logged to dmesg for passive paths? Possible to stop this?

I have two OpenSuSE 11.4 hosts connected to an LSI CTS2600 storage array via SAS. Every time I reboot the hosts, I see in dmesg output like [ 255.942890] end_request: I/O error, dev sdg, sector ...
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lsscsi finds sas device but none is listed in /dev

I have a server with 2 internal disks with Adaptec hardware RAID and an external disk box connected via SAS. lsscsi finds all the devices: # lsscsi [0:0:0:0] disk Adaptec System ...
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Cascading HP StorageWorks MSA60 and MSA50

We currently have a cascade of two MSA50 arrays connected to a P600 controller. Is it possible to add a MSA60 array to the cascade? HP documentation states that MSA60 is compatible with P600.
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OK to replace 2 SAS HDs with 2 SATA II SSDs on PE2900?

Is it OK to replace 2 SAS HDs with 2 SSDs on a PE2900 with a PERC 5/i Integrated RAID controller? In both cases, the drives are configured as a RAID 1 system volume (OS and programs). In addition to ...
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Rack Storage - Backplane with 20 SATA connectors or backplane with 5 Mini SAS connectors?

I am comparing two rackmount server chassis (Norco RPC-4220 and Norco RPC-4020, FWIW), which are identical except for the backplane connectors. One has 20 SATA connectors and the other has 5 Mini SAS ...
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SAS drive to SAS/SATA backplane then SATA cables to SAS/SATA RAID card?

I just got a Supermicro chasis: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816101241 That has a backplane that supports SAS and SATA drives but the backplane has SATA ports to be ...
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Will any SAS drive work in a Dell PowerEdge server?

If I bought a Dell 2950 or 2650, for example, and it has no drives in it (from say an auction). Will any SAS drive I get work in it? I ask because they vary so much in price. Some drives are $150 ...
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HP smart array P812i and storage works enclosure D2700 BAD PERFORMANCE!

I have HP DL360 G6 with Smart Array P812i and Storage Works D2700 enclosure. Enclosure has 25x148GB 15K SAS 6G drives in RAID10 mode. P812i has 512mb cache (50% read/50% write) Crystal Disk mark ...
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Dell 2.5" SAS Disk Caddy Compatibility

Does anyone know if the 2.5" SAS Dell Hotswap caddys from the new R610's are compatible with those from the 1950's. They are listed as seperate part numbers, but I am unsure if they are physically ...
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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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Shrink an HP Smart Array on a P400

I just started consulting for a new client and one of 6 hard drives in their server's SAS array failed. Going over the options of replacing the drive, they didn't like the thought of spending about ...
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Do Equallogic PS6010s accept non-EQL firmware disks?

We have a PS6010 which is just out of its support contract. We are looking to give it another lease on life so would like to replace all the drives with new ones. It currently has 16x ...
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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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Adding nearline SAS disks to a controller with SAS disks

I have a Dell Poweredge 840 server that currently has a pair of hot swappable 146Gb SAS disks attached to a SAS 5IR controller, configured as RAID 1. I have two spare slots to add two add more ...
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Can I connect a SATA III drive to a SAS controller and get the SATA III performance?

Can I connect a SATA III drive to a SAS controller and get the SATA III performance? Will I see slower performance from the SATA III drive by using a SAS controller than a SATA III controller?
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SAS vs SSD Performance

Hi does anyone have any input on how a SAS 15k RPM drive would perform compared to a sata based SSD drive, assuming its using the latest verison of sata. These drives would be in a 4 drive raid 10 ...
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sata and sas on the same machine

I know you can't mix SATA and SAS in the same RAID configuration, but is it possible to mount a SATA drive on the same RAID controller as its own logical drive? If not, what do I need in order to ...
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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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Will Intel RES2CV360 SAS Port Expander Work With Adaptec 6805 RAID Controller?

Have both the expander and the RAID controller. Hooked everything together according to the docs on-line, but no drivers are seen. Can't tell if this is just a compatibility issue, or perhaps a bad ...
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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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When ordering SAS replacement drive, does the hot swappable enclosure matter?

I have a dell PowerEdge and need to replace one of the SAS drives in it. I noticed the supplier I order from does not sell a specific "DELL" SAS replacement drive, but they have what appear to be ...
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SATA SSD in Dell Server

I have a Dell R815 (PDF LINK), which has 6 2.5" bays. I would like to put some Intel X25-E in the spare bays, but have been cautioned that they may not fit since they are SATA and the bays are ...
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PCI-E HBA on only PCI-E x16 slot on motherboard?

I read a post maybe last week that said you can't put a HBA card on the only x16 slot on motherboard that doesn't have onboard video. Is there any truth to this? I have a Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3/e6400 ...
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Faster to connect single/direct drive to motherboard or RAID controller?

I have a PERC 5/i RAID controller currently hosting two drives in RAID 1. I am about to add a third drive in "direct" mode, just a normal physical volume. Would performance be better if the drive is ...
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What does the designation “SGL” mean for a SAS Host Bus Adapter?

We're looking for a non-RAID SAS Host Bus Adapter to connect a tape drive to our Dell PowerEdge server. Shopping around online for an LSI 9300-8e we see models listed as just "9300-8e" and models ...
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HP DL360 G5 RAID controller not recognizing drive bays 5 and 6

I have an HP DL360g5 bios P58. With a Slot 0, HP Smart Array P400i Controller (256MB v2.08) The server originally was running Windows Server 2003 with 2 72GB 15k SAS drives in RAID0. One of the ...
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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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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 ...
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How to use SAS Expander with RAID card?

I've doing some researches since few days and I haven't really got an answer to my question. I am in the process of building a huge file server for the company I work for. We bought a server case ...
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Using both expanders in HP D2700

I am considering purchasing an HP D2700 for use with SSDs (Samsung Pro 840's), for use in realtime playback of high resolution images. The D2700 has two I/O modules (which I assume are the actual SAS ...
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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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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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Dell MD3000, MD1000 and 2950

I have a Dell 2950 with MD3000, MD1000 ; Suddenly the I have lost all drives on both of the enclosures and all drives on the MD3000/1000 are blinking, but only ONE Light on each disk, not 2 Lights. I ...