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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IBM System x3500 M3 refuses to boot from LSI SAS card if blank SATA drive is connected on mainboard

Have an IBM System x3500 M3 that refuses to boot from the IBM branded LSI SAS card if any SATA drive is also connected to the mainboard. The system restarts itself over and over. No error messages. ...
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Install SAS/SATA backplane in Dell PowerVault 220S

Is the backplane of a Dell PowerVault 220S svc tag 3sdpcb1 (14 drive, 80 pin hot swap scsi) upgradeable to a SAS/SATA backplane & controller card replacement? The unit already seems to be quite ...
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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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Windows Server making hard disk accessible after moving to a new installation

I have a serial ata disk running windows server 2003 in an old setup and now our company wanted to upgrade the system. We got a new computer and I transfer the hard disk from one setup to the other. ...
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How can I locally analyze SMART logs from a server?

I have Ubuntu 10.04 server running on a desktop at home. I rebooted, and the machine was unreachable after 10 minutes or so. At this point I should have connected a console (monitor using VGA cable). ...
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Best performance: 1tb vs larger drives in app using only sequential read/writes

I have a custom app that is multi-threaded; each thread runs on its own logical core (the workstation is a dual xeon, with 12 physical and 24 logical cores). So there are 24 threads running ...
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SATA hard resetting link

Here is my dmesg output: ata2.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x2 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 frozen ata2.00: cmd 60/48:08:6f:13:3a/00:00:01:00:00/40 tag 1 ncq 36864 in res ...
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Rule of thumb: SATA for storage & serving static content, SSD/SAS for databases?

The question says it all. But, is it true? Can someone explain what's the differentiating factor here (how one type of disk is better than another for a specific purpose)? (FYI, I've tried searching, ...
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Need advice on which PCI SATA Controller Card to Purchase [closed]

I have a major issue with the build of a machine I am trying to get up and running. My goal is to create a file server that will service the needs of my software development, personal media storage ...
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PCI SATA Controller Card Locking Up at Boot

So I have the following setup - ASUS M2N4-SLI Motherboard with AMD Chip of some kind with 4 GB Dims 2 CD/DVD ROM Drives 1 320 GB SATA Drive containing the CentOS Operating System and 2 250 GB SATA ...
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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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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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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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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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1 TB SATA HDD on a Dell Poweredge sc1420?

Can anyone tell me if I can use an standard 1 TB SATA HDD on a Dell Poweredge SC1420? Let's say this one: http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=61389&CatId=2459 ...
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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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“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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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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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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RAID - Multiple drives on one channel

I plan on building my first real RAID server soon. My idea is to have 8 to 12 hard drivers in RAID 5 or 50. It will serve as a storage server. I would prefer to have real hardware RAID. When looking ...
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Use of 2.5" Laptop Drives in a Server?

We're acquiring several 1U servers with (8) 2.5" drive slots. Although we can use either SATA or SAS, there is a large price variance as soon as you order 16 or 24 of these drives, so we are looking ...
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What can I do about the 2 SATA harddrives no longer showing up even in BIOS?

I've been trying to setup Ubuntu but have been running into countless issues. Both the 500GB drives has now become undetectable and don't even show up in BIOS. I've detailed below the process I've ...
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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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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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ESXi onboard SATA passthrough Solaris vm cannot see disks

Usings an Asus Z8NA-D6, Xeon 5200... I believe they're on the HCL. Attempting something similar to this: http://www.napp-it.org/doc/downloads/all-in-one.pdf ESXi 4.1 U1 as hypervisor Hypervisor ...
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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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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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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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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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SAN connected through SAS with SATA disk

let's have P2000 G3 with SAS Dual Controller and DL120 G6 with HP SCO3e SAS HBA cards. 1) I know it's bit dumb question, but just to be sure. The array will be filled by SATA disks. Will be the SAS ...
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IBM eServer 326m hard disk(s)

pretty new one on this website (for asking questions at least :) ) I have a problem with an IBM eServer 326m series, regarding the hard-disks. In the datasheet it says that it supports up to 600GB ...
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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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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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detect specific device is USB / SATA apart from dmesg output

Suppose in a linux machine you have both SATA and USB devices present, and if they are all detected properly, how do you know whether a specific device(sda1/ sdb1) is USB device OR SATA device. Note: ...
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SAS vs SATA vs SSD: How to measure performance difference between SATA and SAS?

SAS drives can address multiple IO operations from a single platter revolution if the data happens to be where the head is already positioned. How can you measure whether this actually makes a ...
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Making SATA disk write cache safe

Supposedly (see, e.g., a question about it here), with NCQ enabled drives, the drive write cache is supposed to be safe, as in it doesn't like to the OS about data being committed to the platters when ...
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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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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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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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Failing Sata HDD

I think my HDD is fried... Could someone confirm or help me restore it? I was using Hardware RAID 1 Configuration [2 x 160GB SATA HDD] on a CentOS 4 Installation. All of a sudden I started seeing bad ...
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HP Proliant ML110 G6 as first file server (RAID)?

Bit of a noobie and this will be the 1st server hardware I have purchased. We are a small design studio and I am about to buy our 1st server. I have successfully run Ubuntu on an old PC which has ...
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Why are there two backplane connectors inside a Dell poweredge r410?

Just received a new 1U server - a Dell Poweredge r410. There are four hot-swap drive trays, which can accommodate either SAS or SATA drives. However, the odd thing is, instead of a single SFF8087 ...
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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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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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Are the SATA power connectors on motherboards compatible with both 2.5 & 3.5 drives?

Are the SATA power connectors on motherboards compatible with both 2.5 & 3.5 drives? I want to switch my desktops internal 3.5 in drives to 2.5 in drives. I know that the signal cables are the ...
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Identify SATA hard drive

Very similar question to: Physically Identify the failed hard drive But for Windows 2003 this time. Scenario: Four identical SATA hard drives plugged into motherboard (no RAID controller here) ...
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FATA disk performance for VMware

We are moving to the dataceneter and planning to have tiered storage on EVA4400 - FC RAID 10 for SQL databases and RAID5 across 24 FATA 1TB disks form VMware ESX guests.HP is describing FATA disks ...
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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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Recommendation for Server 2008 RAID card with port multiplier support

I am currently building a large (20 TB) online data store and my first attempt has gone a bit awry. The use case for this storage is to have a non-backed up repository of data for a set of users to ...