Serial ATA (SATA or Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) is a computer bus interface for connecting host bus adapters to mass storage devices such as hard disk drives and optical drives. Serial ATA was designed to replace the older ATA (AT Attachment) standard (also known as EIDE), offering many ...

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Can I use a RAID card with chipset SIL3124 with no driver?

I have a software RAID card with a SIL3124 chipset. (This one). As you configure the RAID via BIOS, is it possible to use this card with 3 disks (RAID 5) with any OS without installing any driver on ...
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What is a maximum useful length of SATA/SAS cable

The server in question is DELL PowerEDGE SC1435. I am thinking about buying a LSI 1068e based card with two internal SFF-8087 ports. I intend to use the machine with external multiple hard disk ...
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What does Embedded SATA Controller : ATA mean?

I have a Poweredge R510 server with a PERC H700 Integrated RAID controller that is exhibiting slower than expected disk speeds (RAID 1 and RAID 10 arrays) and I'm looking at the configuration of the ...
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AHCI and hotplugging

How do I know when a SATA AHCI controller supports hotplugging (for servers running Linux)? Apparently, whether AHCI is enabled or not doesn't mean everything. Can I query the driver in /sys for ...
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hot plug sata to ESXi 5 server

Is it possible to hot plug an eSATA drive to an ESXi 5 server? I'm exploring backup solutions and hoping to hot add a datastore, copy my VM's over, then hotunplug.
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So you really can push a SATA2 disk into a SAS backplane?

There's only one SAS, right? Serial attached SCSI? The female connectors: SATA2 looks like: ------------| |------- And SAS looks : ------------+-+------- For me, the SATA2 male connector looks ...
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SAS SCSI Converter [closed]

I recentely bought a Seagate Cheetah 146GB SAS ST3146755SS 10K Performance 15K RPM Hard Drive from EBAY and do have a computer that supports SAS. The problem is that I need to convert it into a SATA ...
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How to connect SATA disks to copy large amounts of data from them to HP server running CentOS 6

We have an HP Proliant DL320e running CentOS 6. We will get SATA hard disks with data in the formats NTFS, FAT, HFS and HFS+ from which we would like to copy the files to the server (read-only), ...
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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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SAS or SATA for 3 TB drives?

We are looking to purchase new 3 TB enterprise-grade drives and can buy either SAS or SATA models. AFAIK, SAS generally gives better performance than SATA, but searching for benchmarks I found ...
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SATA Disks that handle write caching properly?

It's pretty common to see advice to disable the write cache on individual disks used for databases because otherwise some disks will acknowledge writes that haven't yet made it to the disk surface. ...
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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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Your experience with JBOD “raw” SATA setup

I need a cheap setup to store historic snapshots of a dataset in the 100-200GB range. These will see little use, but need to be kept online for some time (shared by Samba). The box housing the dataset ...
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How can a single disk in a hardware SATA RAID-10 array bring the entire array to a screeching halt?

Prelude: I'm a code-monkey that's increasingly taken on SysAdmin duties for my small company. My code is our product, and increasingly we provide the same app as SaaS. About 18 months ago I moved ...
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IBM x3650 M1 SATA support up to 2 Tb

I have an IBM x3650 (M1 [i think because of DDR2 rams]), an as i know it only support SATA hard drvies only up to 1 Tb. Is there any RAID controller firmware/BIOS update which can give the server 2 ...
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Mount dell perc (megaraid) partitions on linux box without hardware raid

I have sata hard disk extracted from Dell server with perc 5i. I need to save data on another linux box, without hardware raid. Is it possible? How? I know there are two partitions on this disk, but ...
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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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K8NDRE motherboard in server fails to complete BIOS load with error 0078

K8NDRE motherboard with 4 sata drives, was running fine. Drives had raid-0 and raid-1 partitions, using mdadm. The onboard raid is disabled. Upon reformatting the drives, setting a new partition ...
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Same hard drive problems in dmesg on several servers

We have a couple of these SuperMicro MicroCloud units. In total we've got 16 servers (2x8) which all randomly spew these messages in dmesg: [4661350.802707] ata2.00: failed command: WRITE FPDMA ...
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Why my SSDs are in /dev/hdx instead of /dev/sdx on CentOS 5.9?

I have two SSDs Kingston SH103S3240G plugged on SATA ports of my Intel Server Board S3000AH. The SSDs apear like a PATA device (hdx instead of sdx) on my CentOS 5.9. I'm having problems related to ...
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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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How could all of my hard drives fail at once? [closed]

I have an Ubuntu 13.04 server. Today I found the box had crashed. I restarted it, and now every single hard drive's partition table is missing. (1 SSD for /boot, /, and 3 2TB drives for RAID). I ...
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How does plugging in a SATA drive to an SAS backplane affect maximum cable length?

The limit on SATA cable length is 1m, whereas the limit on SAS cable length is 10m. When using a backplane which advertises support for SAS and SATA, with a SAS RAID controller and one SATA drive, ...
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Can I put in laptop 2.5" SATA drives into an HP ProLiant DL380 G5?

I have an HP DL380 G5 server and I was wondering if can I put in standard notebook 2.5" SATA drives? In the front where the drives go, the SATA connections dont seem to fit.
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Are SATA 1, 2 and 3 cables interchangeable?

I've got an older SATA drive (not sure if it's SATA 1 or 2). Same size plug as my new SATA 3 M/B. Are the cables interchangeable? Any decrease in performance from using a "lower" cable?
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HP ProLiant DL380 G4 SATA support?

I'm planning to get a second hand HP Proliant DL380 G4 and setup it as storage server, probably using NexentaStor and setup a ZFS system. But now I wonder does DL380 G4 can be convert or support SATA ...
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What are the merits of SAS vs SATA drives? [closed]

What are the merits of buying SAS drives over SATA drives, or vice versa?
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HP 4TB SATA Midline in D2600 - what disk make is HP using & why WD RE4 don't work?

Does anyone know what make of disk HP are using in their 4TB SATA Midline & why WD RE4 don't work? So we use D2600 crates with HP 2TB disks, and just buy WD2003FYYS - pop them in old HP caddies. ...
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Is there way to read sectors from SATA drive without ECC correction?

I know, there was such possibility like that in old ATA standards: "READ LONG" command produced LBA sector + ECC payload. sg_read_long supports in in linux, but the command is obsolete for quite a ...
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Connecting our first tape drive (SAS) to SATA bus

Our small team is considering buying our first tape drive for backups. However, we are still lacking serious enterprise-grade servers and have to rely temporarily on SATA drives in our rigs. Cost ...
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Upgrading server motherboard while maintaining 12 SATA ports

My office has been using a FreeNAS server that was built with desktop hardware. We use it for storing RAW photos (~50mb each). We have 3 workstations that access (browse, retouch, save) the files ...
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Which hard drive corresponds to ata1.00 and ata12.00?

I have an Ubuntu installation which has a lot of hard drives. Two of these drives have hiccups and SMART is reporting errors. However, I cannot figure out how to determine which drive is ata1.00 and ...
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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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How to connect 12 SATA 3 disks to a server with GA-790XTA-UD4 board [closed]

How can I connect 12 SATA 3 disks to a motherboard that has just two SATA 3 connectors. What solution would you recommend?
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PERC 6/i will not find my SATA drives

I got a PERC 6/i for our build-system machine running ESXi 5.0update1. The hardware is a MSI X79A-GD65 with Intel X79 chipset, Extreme i7 CPU. I also got a SFF8484->4xSATA cable and connected it to 4 ...
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Moving Harddisk to other server

I have a situation that required to move 3 SATA hard Disk from a Dell T100 to T350 Server. This was working 90% ok and the Windows 2008 server started fine need only install Drivers. HD 1Tb ...
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Dell R210 eSata not recognizing Sata Drive

We have a Dell R210 with an external Sata connection. When connecting the Sata drive through the eSata connection, the server does not recognize the additional drive. What we have tried: Verified ...
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HP Proliant DL180 G5 server treats 3-TB SATA disks as 750-GB ones

I have this HP Proliant DL180 G5 server, running with the embedded RAID controller (no Smart Array); with this configuration, it only supports 4 SATA disks. Fine. The server has 2 250-GB SATA disks; ...
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Solaris: detect hotswap SATA disk insert

What's the method used on Solaris to get the system to rescan for new disks that have been hot-plugged on a SATA controller? I've got an HP X1600 NAS which had 9 drives configred in a ZFS pool. I've ...
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Large SATA hard drive for Intellistation A Pro 6217

I posted this question to the IBM forums, but got no response! I'm hoping someone here will be able to help. I have recently become the lucky new owner of an Intellistation A Pro 6217. I would like ...
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RAID card w/1x mini-SAS connector : how do I physically connect 16 disks?

I'm looking at a MegaRAID SAS 9240-4i Sgl card which has a single X4 Mini-SAS SFF8087 connector. As far as I know, such a connector can be expanded to 4 SATA disks. So, I would know how to connect 4 ...
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SATA port multiplier : what do I need? [closed]

I'd like to set up a machine with 10 or 12 discs, but SATA controllers which supports that amount of drives are hard to get for a "reasonable" price. However, I've recently learned about port ...
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replace SCSI raid controller with SATA on SBS 2003

Is it possible to add a second raid card (there is a second pci-x slot) that uses SATA and transfer the current contents of the SCSI card's HDDs to the new larger SATA HDDs Background: I bought 2 new ...
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Can the Intel C600-series SAS controller RAID SATA drives?

(Sorry if this is off-topic - technically this is a home workstation setting, but is regarding mostly-server technology.) I have a GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI motherboard and four ST3000DM001 drives, and the ...
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Nearline SAS on SATA controllers

I know that SAS drives cannot operate on a SATA controller. I know that SATA drives can operate on a SAS controller. But can Near-Line SAS drives, being SATA drives with a SAS controller, be used on ...
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Motherboard rejects identical hard drive, one works the other doesn't

I have an interesting situation. I have a Dell XS23-SB server that has four blades in it. The blades use Supermicro X7DWT motherboards, and interface with the sata drives through a backplane. I took ...
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RAID 1 after install and two controllers

I have question regarding RAID 1. Can I setup software RAID 1 after having installed the first drive and setup ubuntu 12? I know that during server install and partitioning I can select RAID and setup ...
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SSD for database or webpage files? [closed]

I can have SSD for the mysql data files and system or the website files (.php files, images, video). I can not have both because of the SSD capacity I have. What would be best, to make Windows 2012 ...
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Abort raid6 expansion on Adaptec 52445 SATA RAID?

I am expanding my raid6 array from 18x2Tb to 20x2Tb disks and after 3 weeks status shows: Logical device Task: Logical device : 0 Task ID : 105 Current ...
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Lost RAID partition for no clear reason [closed]

We have some machines with a RAID 1 out of two 2TB hard drives. Now it has been found to the error that the partition was not recognized from OS (Windows in most cases). In the configuration menu ...