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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Temporary external mounting of 3.5" SATA/IDE drives

What do you use for temporarily externally mounting 3.5" SATA and IDE hard drives? When I'm in the field and just have a laptop with me, I'd like to be able to mount a client's drive to my laptop for ...
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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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“Transparent” SATA RAID Controllers [closed]

I'm looking for a true hardware SATA RAID controller that can do levels 0, 1, and 5 and is, for a lack of a better term, "transparent" to the OS in that it requires no software drivers whatsoever. ...
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Installed 2TB disk in ubuntu server, dmesg reports it as 9444732965540666 MB

I've have an ageing Linux server running on Dell PowerEdge hardware, with a SAS 5IR RAID controller. It has a pair of SAS 146Gb disks in a RAID 1 configuration that has the OS and other software. I ...
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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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SATA drive problems with two SIL RAID cards

I've just put a second SiI 3114 SATARaid card in my home server so that I could add another pair of SATA drives and increase my storage space. Annoyingly, it doesn't seem to work: [ 32.816030] ...
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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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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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Enabling AHCI in RHEL5 post-install

I have two servers running RHEL 5.4 quite happily. However, through simple oversight, AHCI/hotswap support was not enabled in BIOS at install time and is now needed. The machines are running ICH10R ...
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SSD in early 2008 Xserve Apple Drive Module

Pretty much the title: it possible to use a modern, 2.5″ SSD in an Apple Drive Module on a early 2008 Xserve? This would be replacing a 15k RPM SAS drive, and in most places I've looked that HDD is ...
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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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sata timeout on webserver

I have a web server. About 100-150 virtual hosts. Just small websites. My first post is here: http://serverfault.com/questions/152855/sata-hdd-errors , but now I have new error on other disk. 1. I ...
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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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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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Installing Windows Server 2003 on a TYAN MB with SATA RAID

I'm trying to install Win 2k3 Server on my new TYAN S5350 Motherboard. The controller is configured for a RAID 0 with 2x 500Gb Harddrives. I made a floppy disk with the drivers but it doesn't work: ...
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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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IBM ServeRAID M5015 how do I view info from Ubuntu?

I have an IBM x3620 M3 server that has root@web26:~# lshw -short /0/100/9/0 scsi4 storage LSI MegaSAS 9260 /0/100/9/0/2.0.0 /dev/sda disk 1990GB ServeRAID M5015 hardware raid controller. How do I ...
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Can SAS drives be used with SATA controllers?

Can I buy SAS drives on my SATA Controller? What is the compatibility and restrictions about mixing these?
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How do I power SATA drives in my DELL poweredge 2850?

I have a Dell 2850 which I've been fairly happy with. It runs RAID 5 to 6 Hot-swap SCSI drives, but I'd like to add some cheap storage. So I bought an Intel PCI-X SATA raid card and tried to install ...
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how to know that RAID 1 is installed?

recently we have a server crash, so we decided to mount a RAID 1 in our server. so we asked to the hosting, they told us that was needed to reinstall all the system again. so we make it, and now i ...
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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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What is the Real Maximum Hard Disk Size on Intel Atom D510 System?

I'm interested in an Intel Atom D510 based RAID system. The manufacturer lists the maximum drive limit as 2TB, yet everything I've read says that SATA supports much more than that. Is the 2TB "limit" ...
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What is the best hard drive type for a small file server?

I have a fairly speedy computer that I'd like to use as a file server. The motherboard has IDE and SCSI ports. What is the best hard drive type to use? (IDE/SATA/SCSI, etc) Would it be smart to get ...
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Remove second RAID6 drive during resync from first failure?

I have a RAID6 comprised of five 1TB drives in good working order. I'd like to redistribute the array differently in my system (change the drive distribution over controller cards). I pulled the first ...
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HP SATA Hot Plug Activity Light & B120i Array Controller

The activity rings on both of my hot plug drives rotates continuous (they are in RAID 1 configuration). The drive status on both is solid green. Is this normal? The iotop command is showing no ...
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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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3.5" SATAs in an HP DL580 G4

I've been tasked to marry a bunch of 3.5" SATA drives with an HP Proliant DL580 G4 server. Trouble is, this server only takes Small Form Factor harddisks. How can I make this happen in the most ...
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How to access to install/check software on a ESXi 5 to view system hardware

I have the following: 2 x DL585 G1 (8 cores) with built in Smart Array 5i (4 x 74GB SCSI in Raid 5) I installed VMware ESXi 5 and got it all working :) When I boot my server up, it states the ...
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Disable ESXi passthrough on SATA controller

I have a newly built ESXi server with two SSD's hooked up to the motherboard primary SATA controller. Everything was working until I made the mistake of enabling passthrough on that SATA controller. ...
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Possible to replace HP320G5p harddrive with OEM part?

Can any of you tell me whether it is possible to replace the HP 250GB SATA drive named GB0250EAFJF (the drive has HP branded firmware) with a standard 250 GB SATA drive from the computer parts dealer? ...
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What is the value/cost of enabling “spread spectrum clocking” on my hard drives?

I'm building up a biggish NAS box (10x WD RE4 2TB SATA RAID10) and ran into some problems. During the course of my research, debugging, investigations, etc, I discovered a jumper on the physical ...
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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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Desktop SATA drives in SATA <-> FC array

Let's assume you've got a box like one of these with space for 24 SATA disks. What are the best bits of advice for deploying this? For instance, should you be greedy and go for the 1.5 or 2tb disks ...
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Xen SATA PCI Passthrough to Ubutnu DomU not recognising disks

I have a Xen 4.1 server with a Debian Wheezy 7.4 Dom0 (hmpyxen01). It has a SATA PCI card that I am passing through to an Ubuntu Precise 12.04 DomU (hmvmtmp01), installed via xen-tools which in this ...
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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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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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How to reduce the SATA link speed of drive in CentOS?

How do I make CentOS run SATA drives at 3Gb/s at boot? Background: I'm having an issue with a motherboard that claims to support 6Gb/s SATA transfer speeds, but when using 4 drives on it, in a ...
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Smart Array P410 RAID controller fails creating logical disk with 2x1TB WD drives

I'm trying to build a new box with an Intel DQ670W Motherboard (8GB RAM + i5/2500) an HP SmartArray P410/512 RAID controller (with battery) 2x WD10EALX 1TB SATA drives I'm falling at (almost) the ...
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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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linux kernel option to set sata disk to udma/133 1.5gbps

i try to speed up boot time of my linux server box which uses removable HDD rack's the current boot time is around 2 min's but if i connect the hdd's directly to the mainboard its about 2 sec's the ...
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sata controller without raid support

I'm looking for a 4 ports pci or pci-express (not pci-x) sata controller with these features: - real hot swap support - no RAID support, or with RAID support that can be disabled through the ...
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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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SATA Raid 10 vs SAS Raid 1

I need to setup a small dedi for a few VPS. Obviously the more IO, the merrier. Given these condition, what would you choose? 2 SAS 15k disks in Raid1, or 4 SATA 7.2k in raid 10? Would the answer ...
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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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Plextor SSDs don't work reliably in HP DL380p Gen8 servers

We recently purchased a few HP 380p G8 servers to add some VM capacity, and decided to add a pool of SSDs to our standard build, to create a "fast" RAID 1+0 array for some of our VMs that have higher ...
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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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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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VMWare Server High Processor Usage (Disk I/O)

I have a Dell Power Edge 6850 with 2 physical Dual Quad Core Processors and 24GB of Ram as our VMWare Host Server. We have VMWare Server (Old GSX) installed on this box and have 5 Virtual Servers ...