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 reuse HP Proliant SCSI drives in a custom build?

I have an old HP Proliant DL385. Can I use the drives (36.4 GB - 10k, ULTRA320 SCSI) on a custom build, or is the interface a proprietary HP specific one? What support do I need from the motherboard? ...
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How to connect drive array to redundant motherboards?

How should one connect a small storage array, four 3TB SATA drives for now, to two motherboards or controllers as a failover system? This means avoiding adding another single point of failure such as ...
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Can I connect a SATA III drive to a SAS controller and get the SATA III performance?

Can I connect a SATA III drive to a SAS controller and get the SATA III performance? Will I see slower performance from the SATA III drive by using a SAS controller than a SATA III controller?
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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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SAS vs SSD Performance

Hi does anyone have any input on how a SAS 15k RPM drive would perform compared to a sata based SSD drive, assuming its using the latest verison of sata. These drives would be in a 4 drive raid 10 ...
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Terrible Performance with SATA Drives on Dell PowerEdge, steps to troubleshoot?

I had asked this question earlier and the question went missing so here it is again. Bought a DELL Poweredge 2950 to use as in-house QA Server. Disk performance is beyond terrible, 1000-4000 ms ...
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sata and sas on the same machine

I know you can't mix SATA and SAS in the same RAID configuration, but is it possible to mount a SATA drive on the same RAID controller as its own logical drive? If not, what do I need in order to ...
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How do I know if I have a SATA compatible machine without opening the box?

How do I know if I have a SATA compatible machine without opening the box? Or is the only way to open up the box and look at the connectors?
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Is there an Emergency Rescue Disc (ERD) that allows for slipstreaming SATA drivers?

I have a computer at work that was baselined with the DISA Gold Disc, to include disabling the built-in admin account and setting its password to something unknown. So, while trying to use the repair ...
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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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SATA SSD in Dell Server

I have a Dell R815 (PDF LINK), which has 6 2.5" bays. I would like to put some Intel X25-E in the spare bays, but have been cautioned that they may not fit since they are SATA and the bays are ...
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Install Ubuntu on USB drive then put back HD inside computer?

I would like to install Ubuntu on a hard drive that is accessed via USB. Then, when all is OK, replace the computer hard disk with that one that was USB-connected. (Computer used for USB ...
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Persistent problem with losing SATA harddiscs after weeks/months of uptime

I've got a problem that has been keeping me somewhat busy for about a year. In random intervals, sata harddiscs simply get lost after several unsuccessful hard resets. This is not related with thermal ...
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Portable SAS Drive (USB/Thunderbolt Interfacing)? [closed]

I have a few spare 2.5" HP SAS SSDs sitting around and collecting dust for about 2-3 years now. They were used for about 1 day in another project that ended rather abruptly. I now have a need to ...
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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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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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Apple tower Server internal SATA to external eSATA - good or bad idea? [closed]

I am running out of available ports on an Apple server. I would like to attach 4 external eSATA devices to the currently open internal SATA connections (2 open hard drive bays and 2 SATA allocated for ...
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Connecting 8 x 500GB SATA drives to HP Smart Array P800 controller on 2 external mini ports

I have already 8 drives hooked up the the P800 RAID controller internally. I would like to attach 8 more SATA drives externally. I looked in the documentation but the only thing mentioned for the ...
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Can I move a single disk from one esxi to another esxi server?

I can't seem to find an answer on google...perhaps I am using the wrong query..... I have an ESXi test system that is in production and is using a single SATA disk for the VM's datastore. I would ...
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Raid Ready Hard Drive vs Standard Hard drives

What is the difference between normal data hard drives and Raid Ready Hard Drives? I am planning to build a server with 6x2TB hard drives and i have been quoted raid ready Hard drives nearly at 250$ ...
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Please recommend an 8 port SATA card (No RAID) [closed]

I'm increasing storage on a system and have run out of SATA ports. Can anyone recommend a 8 port SATA card (No RAID) which supports up to 2TB hard drives. Thank you.
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Inexspensive SATA raid controller for small virtualization host

I've had a few issues running software raid on XenServer, and I would also like to try out VMware ESXi which won't easily be combined with a software raid. Are there any low cost PCI cards that would ...
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Optimize unused space in RAID5 due to bigger HDD in spare parts change

I have started with 3x250 GB SATA array, but the old HDDs failed one by one and when the spare parts came they where bigger disk inside and I recently ended up with 3 HDDs of 500 GB. I see ...
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Server 2012 R2 - Locked HD

HP Proliant Microserver Gen8; Server 2012 R2; Three 1TB SATA Harddrives, two arrays: 1 Raid 0 OS drive, 2 Raid 1 Data drives "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try ...
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Remove sata drive while running?

I have a hyperv 2012 r2 server, and the case has two bays where you can open a drawer and slide in a bare SATA drive. Theres a data and power connector at the back of the bay with cables to connect ...
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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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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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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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Are there different kinds of Mini SAS to 4x SATA reverse breakout cables?

I have an RPC-4224 case that has 24 bays with 6 Mini SAS ports. I needed a cable to break out one of them into 4 SATA ports, so I went down to my local Fry's Electronics and bought one. The cable came ...
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Is current SATA 6 gb/s equipment simply unreliable?

I have a 45-disk array of Seagate Barracuda 3 TB ST3000DM001 (yes these are desktop drives I'm aware of that) in a Supermicro sc847 JBOD, connected via LSI 9285. I have found a solution for the ...
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SATA RAID or SCSI RAID Old IBM Server

Need your help on this one. One of my SCSI HD failed in RAID 1, thinking about replacing it, but can no longer find 73gb drive on the market (only used available). Option 1: Clone remaining SCSI HD ...
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Questions about fault indicators and SAS controller in home-built NAS

For info, I'm looking at building a NAS and have explored various 4U rack-mount chassis that support 24 drives. I plan to use SATA not SAS drives and ZFS on either FreeNAS or Nexenta as the OS. As ...
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smart Raw_Read_Error_Rate

Need experts opinions. Have disk. Here is smart output of Seagate "Barracuda 7200.10 family": ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE 1 ...
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Mapping raw storage devices to VMs in XenServer 5.6?

In VMware ESXi, we can easily present a raw SATA hard drive to a virtual machine through Raw device mapping. Is it possible in the free edition of XenServer 5.6?
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Switch SATA disks in DELL PowerEdge R410

I need a 1U rackserver for hosting a website running on Windows Server and MS SQL. I plan to have a SSD drive for the system and SQL database and a large 1-2 TB standard SATA HDD for a lot of ...
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Does anyone know if “SATA II” drives are compatible with a Dell SAS 5i/R?

I want to buy some cheaper HDs for our server (it will have practically zero HD access) but I plan to put them into a RAID 1 config, just for peace of mind. Our server is a second-hand PowerEdge 860, ...
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Why can't I see my new harddrive on my Ubuntu box?

I installed my new drive and put Ubuntu server on it. It was working fine except ubuntu server was a bit to raw for me. So, then I decided to go back to my old drive and use the new drive as a second ...
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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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Can Dell PE 1950 with SAS Controller take SATA drive? [closed]

I am a programmer (not an expert hardware engineer) trying to build a small hadoop cluster at home (at a cheaper price point) for processing some datasets of interest. I am getting these Dell PE ...
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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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What is the max supported number of SATA devices (using cable adapters) on a Dell SAS 6/iR adapter?

I've got a Dell SAS 6/iR PCI-E adapter. I don't have a multiplier backplane. I'm planning on connecting SATA (non SAS) drives. If I buy cable adapters only (ones that split a SAS connector on the card ...
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What speed are the internal drives in a PowerEdge R515

Not much obvious information on the net on this one - in fact, it was a surprise to me that the 12-bay R515 even had internal 2.5" cabled drives. We're considering sticking in a couple of high-speed ...
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Replacing a PERC S300

The PERC S300 card that came with our Dell PowerEdge T110 servers is Windows only (see here). As a result, we're looking for an alternative that works under Linux. We had planned to use software RAID ...
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How to enable SATA in Centos 5?

I have a centos 5 linux box which is currently running off an IDE drive. I want to install a couple of SATA drives as backup drives for now. I have googled that there can be complications with SATA ...
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PERC 6i With external Enclosure Raid Questions

Okay so I am buying some used hardware on ebay and found a few poweredge servers for a good price. These servers come with a PERC 6i card and 4x 146gb internal SAS drives. I want to purchase a 8 Bay ...
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Does the PERC 5/i Integrated controller support SATA II/III?

I have a refurb 2950 with a PERC 5/i Integrated controller. Currently, there are 4x 3.5" SAS drives in use, with two slots available. I want to add two SSDs (using a 3.5" ICY dock) in RAID1 in the ...
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HDD-Errors while building Software-RAID5

I want to build up my new NAS with CentOS 6 or Scientific Linux 6, but I am not able to build the RAID5. I created a new RAID-device using mdadm, but after some hours of work, mdadm marked one or two ...
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SATA card with good hotswap ability

I'm building a Win2k8 backup machine with a removable SATA drive enclosure. The idea is that each week someone will pull out a drive and pop another one in. I need this to work without having to ...
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SATA3 and backwards compatability

Hay guys, I'm making a NAS for serving my files around my network. I bought a motherboard, a MSI KM4M-V Micro ATX. the spec says that it has "2 SATA 1.5Gb/s connectors". I'm however find these drives ...
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Data Recovery on faulty sata drive that is not being properly detected in Windows

My computer is configured with two sata HDDs. The primary one crashed the other day and now I am trying to recover the data that is on it. I've plugged the faulty HDD into a machine where the primary ...