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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Does SAS server rotate always in it's default speed (like 10K, 15K)

I have some concerns about disk throughput in order to plan my SQL Server deployment. I know from experience that consumer SATA disks sometimes go into sleep mode when not used for a longer period. Do ...
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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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Difference “SATA style SAS connector” (SFF8482) and SATA

I own a tape drive with a SATA shaped connector on the backside, but the datasheet says it should be connected to SFF8482. I saw, that SFF8482 is usually converted to up to 4x SATA connectors, so my ...
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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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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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SAS balancing vs Network balancing

I want to configure file server in MS Windows Server 2012 R2 environment, which would load balance traffic. I have got a SAS disk array with 2 SAS controllers which is connected to 2 Hyper-V cluster ...
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Dell r730 + Dell 12Gb SAS + Centos 7 + netvault 9.2 quantum superloader 3 not found

In the above configuration Netvault does not find the library attached to the sas controller. What driver should I see with lsmod for the SAS card? I have: ... mpt3sas 195379 0 ...
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Is there a way to disable or hide SAS drive on LSI SAS 3008 controller?

I am setting up Dell Precision 7910 workstation that has LSI SAS 3008 controller and 2 SAS drives connected to it. It came with Windows 7 installed on drive with smaller drive number (0x09 on LSI bus ...
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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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SAS direct dual link connection to an embedded LSI Fusion-MPT controller

This is a hardware question. I have a dual-link SAS hard drive and a Intel S5000XVNSAS motherboard without the drive cage option. Recently, I bought a direct dual-link cable ...
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Max SAS throughput of a disk stack?

I've been trying to figure out something. I have a stack of SAS shelves (attached to a NetApp if that's relevant). Each devices within the shelf is 6G SAS. According to the vendor, the sustained ...
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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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Redundant Paths between DELL R720 and MD3420 in ESXi 5.5

We had some trouble configuring redundant paths between a DELL R720 and MD3420 storage connected via two LSI 12GB SAS-HBAs using ESXi 5.5. The datastore was accessible and worked fine, except for the ...
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daisy chain SAS tape drives?

I need to add a second SAS Tape drive to my server. I have a second PCI-E SAS card, however I don't have any free PCI slots in the server. Is there any way to daisy chain external SAS devices together ...
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IBM BladeCenter S: How to configure new SAS disks

I have an IBM BladeCenter S, and I have added two new 450GB SAS disks. I want to configure the disks as a RAID 0, and assign the new disks to one of the servers in the Bladecenter. When I connect to ...
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What types of workloads require SAS disks compared to SATA?

I am looking to outfit my new server (new to me) with larger capacity disks. The server right now has 4 SAS 146GB disks in it. My original thought was to just buy larger SAS disks and replace or add ...
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Install SAS/SATA backplane in Dell PowerVault 220S

Is the backplane of a Dell PowerVault 220S svc tag 3sdpcb1 (14 drive, 80 pin hot swap scsi) upgradeable to a SAS/SATA backplane & controller card replacement? The unit already seems to be quite ...
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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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What kind of Dell Perc H710 card is a “VM02C”?

A number of vendors (e.g., on eBay) sell a Perc H710 card they say is a part number VM02C. However, I can't find this in Dell's website, either by looking at every H710 card list in the parts area, or ...
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Are SSD drives as reliable as mechanical drives (2013)?

SSD drives have been around for several years now. But the issue of reliability still comes up. I guess this is a follow up from this question posted 4 years ago, and last updated in 2011. It's now ...
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Slow writes Dell Server R720

I have a Dell R720 Server with PERC H310 hardware raid 5 and 4 x Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 ST3300657SS 300GB hard drives. Windows Server 2008 R2. The reads look good, but the writes are painfully slow. ...
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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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FreeBSD disk device names/targets on LSI SAS9211i (IT)

I have a machine with an LSI SAS card (8 SAS/SATA ports) with 8 drives that were initially named da1-da8. The numbering stayed consecutive (first drive -> da1, scbus3 target 0 lun 0, etc.) until I ...
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How to make Dell PowerEdge R410 boot from two hard drives?

I have a Dell PowerEdge R410 with two SAS drives connected to the SAS controller and I would like that both of them can be in the boot sequence tried to boot. I would like to use md software RAID-1 in ...
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Recovering data from a failed SAS drive? (RAID0…yes, I know)

We have a HP DL360 server with a P400 controller, which has two 72GB 10K SAS drives in a RAID 0 configuration (yes, I know...RAID 0). The HP Model number for the drives is DG072A8B54 Recently, one ...
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ZFS: SAS v SATA - does it matter?

I understand from NEC's white paper, Silent data corruption in disk arrays, that: some SAS drives should have a "T10-DIF" feature to detect silent data corruption; whereas "There is no standard for ...
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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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Can I recover my raid after blown backplane / mobo?

We had a catastrophic server failure the other day. The server was the head to our NAS. Multiple disk shelves were attached via SAS (SFF-8088 to a HP Smart Array RAID Card). Also connected to the RAID ...
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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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connecting HP gen 5 SAS raid cage to a third party (3ware, LSI) controller?

I have a ML350 G5 that I'm thinking of repurposing to save money. I'm looking to install FreeNAS but it (ZFS) doesn't play nice with the HP e200i card that's part of the motherboard from what I've ...
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How can I enumerate SAS addresses/WWNs in Linux?

I have some SAS devices in a server, I would like to find out what their SAS addresses are. How can I do that in Linux? I'm using CentOS 6.
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Understanding SAS transfer speeds

I've been tasked with building some large storage and i'm first working to expand my SAS knowledge. As i consider transfer bottlenecks and SAS speeds, i can't help but wonder how 12 Gb/s SAS equates ...
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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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ProLiant DL380p not recognising HP hard drives on boot

I have two ProLiant DL380p rack mounted small factor servers. I have installed the following drives onto both servers: 1x 240GB SSD drive (Crucial NOT HP branded) 2.5" SATA 7.2k rpm 1TB ...
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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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HP Proliant ML350 G5 - smart array initializing

I have a big problem with a HP ProLiant ML350 G5 with 2 SAS HDD 146Gb : it start with the message : "Slot 0 HP Smart Array E200i ... initializing" without any error message. if I test the HDD with ...
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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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How do you connect more than 4 drives to a LSI 9361-4i MegaRAID controller?

I’m fairly new to proper hardware RAID having only used it in pre-built server machines before, but on the recommendation of some friends who work for datacentres I’ve bought an LSI 9361-4i MegaRAID ...
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Can IBM System x3650 passthrough SAS?

I am looking at the specs and manual for the IBM System x3650. According to the specs a ServeRAID-8k-l hardware RAID comes standard, but there's an option to upgrade to ServeRAID-8k. If I understand ...
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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 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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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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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 ...