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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Proliant DL320G5P, Embedded RAID controller: Windows installation shows phisycal disks, not logical drive

I am installing Windows 2012R2 on Proliant DL320G5P, with the Embedded SATA RAID controller. I have 4 disks, with two different RAID 1 (mirror) arrays. I have a "strange" situation: Windows ...
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ML310 Gen8 SATA Controller losing settings

We have purchased a couple of ML310 Gen8 with Sata Drives. They have both lost their raid controller setting. We just have to go back in and set the drive back to the array and all is fine. Anyone ...
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How exactly does a SAS SFF-8087 breakout cable work? + RAID/connection questions

Please let me know if my question does not makes any sense as I am not sure if I am interpreting it correctly from my thoughts due to my lack of technical knowledge on this. If I am using a ...
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Options for SATA ports on motherboard for Files server [closed]

I am planning to build a big file server. (Windows or FreeNAS). I need at lease 300T of space. what options do I have to RAID all disks together? I mean on physical level what kind of connection ...
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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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Using Hot swap drive to backup on daily basis

Hot swapping and hot plugging are terms used to describe the functions of replacing computer system components without shutting down the system. In all the articles it was mentioned during some system ...
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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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Does software RAID-0 really improve performance?

I am going to lease a server and I have two options, SATA or SSD, I decided to save the money and go for the SATA option. But I do not need all that storage they are giving me! So I thought MAYBE I ...
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Beginner SAS and SAS2 speed expectations

We have one SAS backplane, without SAS expander, with 8 HDDs and we connect it to the motherboard with 2 SFF-8087 to 4 sas/sata cables. The motherboard supports SAS2 and the SSD supports SAS2. How ...
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DL140 G3 HP Embedded SATA RAID Controller, max 750 GB drives. Really?

I have a DL140 G3 and according to HP's documentation the max capacity SATA drive I can put on the HP Embedded SATA RAID Controller is 2x750GB. If I put a 2TB drive in here will something terrible ...
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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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2950 internal backup SATA drive

We have a Dell 2950 II with 4 76GB drives in a RAID 10 configuration, running ESXi and 5 virtual machines. The RAID controller is Perc5/i. There is a low transaction rate, so this gives us minimal ...
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How to make Solaris rescan disk info after hotswap?

I'm running a SmartOS-based ZFS NAS, with a bunch of SATA disks directly connected to the logic board (no fancy disk controller / backplane or anything). A 1.5 TB disk in my zpool recently failed. ...
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FreeBSD 9.2 shows SATA3 drives as SATA2

I'm running FreeBSD 9.2 on an Intel S2600GZ server board with 4 Intel SSDs. Both the server board as well as the disks are SATA3 capable. However, FreeBSD seems to think they are SATA2. Nowhere in ...
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Using consumer grade hard drives in a server

My company needs to upgrade a couple of (very) old servers we are currently running, but we are kinda strapped for cash. We got a great offer on a pair of HP DL360 G6 servers, but the hard drive cost ...
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What are the pros/cons of software raid made up disk connected over SATA and others over USB? [closed]

I would like to use RAID1 with 1 SATA disk and 2 USB disks PS: This is an ARM board (cubietruck) with only 1 SATA port and 2 USB ports. PS2: The OS boots from a SD card :) PS3: The setup does not ...
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Proliant dl 180 g6 install normal SATA drives

I have a Proliant DL180 G6 with problems in the P410 controller. I want to instal normal SATA drives in the server. I see the mother has 4 SATA slots but I canĀ“t find how to power the SATA drives ...
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Dell PowerVault MD1000 + PN939

I have a Dell PowerVault MD1000 with all hard drives damaged. I want to know if it is possible to replace the SAS drives with SATA drives + PN939 or similar interposer. I know that SATA drives are ...
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SAS vs. Nearline/MDL SAS - What is the difference?

As subject I guess, looking at SAN's and most vendors offer 10k or 15k "proper" SAS drives, many also offer 7.2k MDL/Nearline SAS drives. Does anyone have an authoritative explanation of the ...
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ZFS best practices with hardware RAID

If one happens to have some server-grade hardware at ones disposal, is it ever advisable to run ZFS on top of a hardware-based RAID1 or some such? Should one turn off the hardware-based RAID, and run ...
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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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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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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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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 ...