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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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HP ProLiant DL180 G6 SSD upgrade (sata 3)?

We've currently got a HP ProLiant DL180 G6 server with a Smart Array P410i raid card, and 8 HDDs running off it. We also just bought a new SATA Intel SSD drive to expand the server, that we're ...
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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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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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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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scsi and ata entries for same hard drive under /dev/disk/by-id

I am trying to set up a ZFS pool using 4 bare drives which I have attached to my Ubuntu system via a SATA hot swap backplane. These are Hitachi SATA drives. When I list the contents of ...
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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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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 can´t find how to power the SATA drives ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dell PE 2950 PERC 6/i Controller. How to add 2TB local SATA as a Raw Disk Mapping to ESXi 5.1 VM

Dell PE 2950, PERC 6/i Controller. - ESXi 5.1 installed/Boot from USB drive. 2 x 1 TB SAS drives in RAID 1 - Datastore1.1x 2TB SATA drive set as RAID 0. We wish to host all our VMs from Datastore1 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Broadcom HT1100 SATA controller not working properly with 1TB drives

I've been using RHEL distro's for several years and always managed to find the answers until now. I know this is more of a hardware issue, but I've been working on this for over a week and trust Linux ...
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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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How to arrange 2 SSD with 2 SATA? [closed]

I like to have best io performance as well as good capaciyy and reliability out of a server that hosts a busy forum, which involves loads of static files download. I am wondering what is the best plan ...
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ML 350 additional SATA RAID controller (mirror only)

I have a Proliant ML350 G8 with two SAS raid arrays currently set up - thereby maxing the default P420i raid controller. I need to set up a large video dump space in addition to this existing set-up ...
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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 ...