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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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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configuration for max read throughput on ssd: pcie vs sata vs raid

I'm looking to configure a storage setup, using ssd's, that will deliver the fastest read throughput on large (2+ GB) files on a 24 core (12 physical core) system. The data is static for the most ...
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Mirrored HDD on Windows 2000 Server become invalid on Windows 7 [closed]

I have a situation: I had two SATA HDD, on mirror (soft mirrow by Windows), on Windows 2000 Advanced Server x86 then I remove it, throw away the server and keep the disk. Now I want some data on ...
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“zpool replace” hangs and locks up the pool

Given my four disk RAIDZ1, one disk has become physically noisy, not producing errors yet, but not sounding healthy either. So I've chosen to pre-emptively replace it. I have done: zpool offline ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Anyone seen a meaningful SAS vs SATA comparison/benchmark?

I hear lots about SATA being slower than SAS but I've only found 1 decent benchmark. http://blog.whitesites.com/SAS-RAID-0-VS-SCSI-RAID-0-VS-SATA-Benchmarks__633689244191943184_blog.htm In this, SAS ...
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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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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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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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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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Nearline SAS on SATA controllers

I know that SAS drives cannot operate on a SATA controller. I know that SATA drives can operate on a SAS controller. But can Near-Line SAS drives, being SATA drives with a SAS controller, be used on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Dell PowerEdge 1800 Hangs at boot after Dell PERC Sata RAID Controller Successfully POSTs

Server crashed one night. I rebooted, now it hangs just after the SATA RAID Controller successfully POSTs. This unit has a RAID 5 array, but I haven't pulled a recent enough backup of the data on it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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IDE compatability with SATA image

We had an old CNC machine's hard-drive fail recently. The hard-drive is an old 1275MB IDE (Seagate) and there were defiantly bad sectors on it. I was able to image the contents of the drive onto a ...
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Which hard drive corresponds to ata1.00 and ata12.00?

I have an Ubuntu installation which has a lot of hard drives. Two of these drives have hiccups and SMART is reporting errors. However, I cannot figure out how to determine which drive is ata1.00 and ...
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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 ...