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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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 ...
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3rd party HDDs in Dell Poweredge r805

I have a Dell Poweregde R805 Server that came with two 147GB 10K SAS drives. To stack up the storage on this machine, i purchased two SATA drives (HGST Travelstar Z7K500, 500GB, 7200RPM, SATA III). ...
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Difference “SATA style SAS connector” (SFF8482) and SATA

I own a tape drive with a SATA shaped connector on the backside, but the datasheet says it should be connected to SFF8482. I saw, that SFF8482 is usually converted to up to 4x SATA connectors, so my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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3ware 8506, Solaris (Nexenta Core) and the tw driver: driver (tw) successfully added to system but failed to attach

I've got a little Nexenta Core box at home that's doing NAS duties. Recently, I bought a second hand 3ware 8506 12-port SATA controller to go with the Supermicro AOC-SAT2-MV8 controller that I already ...
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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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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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Western Digital 1TB SATA and PE 860 using SAS 5 Problem Writing to Drives RAID1

I've got a Dell PE 860 that I recently took out of service to re-purpose. I upgraded the memory from 2GB to 8GB, and replaced 2 80GB WD 7200RPM SATA drives with 2 1TB WD 5400RPM SATA drives. Installed ...
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Win2003 R2 - 1.5TB disks not identified

I just installed 4 1.5TB hard disks (WD) in two servers (2 in each). Upon reboot they are not showing up in the disk manager whatsoever. I'm running Windows Server 2003 EE (32bit) with 8GB ram. They ...
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connecting SATA SSDs to SAS

Is there any performance loss when connecting a SATA SSD to a SAS controller? Edit: Assume the controller doesn't have SATA connectors and I use a SATA to SAS interposer. Will there be any performance ...
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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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Using Hot swap drive to backup on daily basis

Hot swapping and hot plugging are terms used to describe the functions of replacing computer system components without shutting down the system. In all the articles it was mentioned during some system ...
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Does VMWare ESXi 4.1 work with SATA hard drives?

I'm confused about the hard drive requirements to use VMWare ESXi 4.1 I conducted an experiment on an old desktop PC with a SATA hard drive and it couldn't find it. I'm now ready to go to production ...
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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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SAS to SATA adapter?

Is it possible to have a SAS to SATA. e.g the server has SAS onboard, and I want to use SATA drives instead of the SAS ones (cheaper and easier to source here in Australia). They have cables on this ...
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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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Removable SATA backup drive corruption

Currently we have 2 SATA hard drives housed in removable enclosures (NTFS partitions). Each week the drive is swapped out with the other one after the backup job has completed. The files that are ...
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Adding a 2nd Hard drive causing intermittent restart on server

I'm in the middle of configuring a server with circa 6tb storage. I've got 8x 1TB drives, using a 3ware RAID card (9650SE) The server also (currently) has 1 additional 250gb SATA drive, with the OS ...
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Does software RAID-0 really improve performance?

I am going to lease a server and I have two options, SATA or SSD, I decided to save the money and go for the SATA option. But I do not need all that storage they are giving me! So I thought MAYBE I ...
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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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ESXI with non standard hardware HDD issues

I have 3 very underutilized servers that I am condensing to one of those shuttle PC's with VMWare ESXi The HDD seems to be the bottle neck right now (the light is almost always pure solid) right ...
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What types of workloads require SAS disks compared to SATA?

I am looking to outfit my new server (new to me) with larger capacity disks. The server right now has 4 SAS 146GB disks in it. My original thought was to just buy larger SAS disks and replace or add ...
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unable to recover data from failed hdd [closed]

my hdd failing (or maybe totally dead) i've connected the hdd via USB but it doesn't appear in fdisk Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total ...
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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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SSD seems dead after wakeup from Windows Sleep, BIOS stalls but doesn't find it anymore

The morning, the following scary scenario happened: I woke up my Windows system Typed in my username and got an error (something like "could not load security xxx", but unsure of exact wording) ...
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SATA hdd errors

I have one server with WDC WD3202ABYS ... There are 100 virtual hosts. Server is working about 5 years and in this time period I have change 4 disks. All with same reason: sata error. The last one: ...
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How to connect a SATA / ESATA / USB 3.0 device over Gigabit Ethernet

I am looking for a way to connect an 5.25 SATA removable drive bay from CRU to our HP Proliant 360 blade server. Unfortunately the server has no support for USB 3.0 and no free PCI slot to upgrade USB ...
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Attaching SATA device disturbs boot order

I'm running a Supermicro X7DCA board in a NAS server. Whenever I plug in a sata disk the boot sequence goes out of order. This is a problem, because it is running headless. I've had this problem ...
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Using SATA III SSDs for ZFS pools

I'm thinking of building a ZFS server optimized for random access (PostgreSQL database). I figured that I have 2 options: Use pools consisting of the Crucial M500 960 GB SATA III SSDs. Enterprise ...
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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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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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Preventing h/w RAID cards from dropping slow JBOD disks

I'm considering buying a used SAS h/w RAID card for externally attaching HDDs to an HP ProLiant I'm setting up. However, I only require RAID functionality on some of the drives. Theoretically it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Few questions about rack servers SCSI and Server Routers

Today i have purchased some second hand Dell Poweredge servers, which i can't wait to get: Dell Poweredge 1850 server Xeon 3Ghz / 1GB RAM Dell PowerEdge 2650 Server Xeon 2.4GHz / 1GB RAM They use ...
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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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Recommendation for Server 2008 RAID card with port multiplier support [closed]

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 ...
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ESXi doesn't show up my hard drive

I have an issue here with my ESXi server from VMware. I added a Dawicontrol "DC4320" Sata Controller to spend my ESXi more space for VMs. I also put some Sata hard drives on it and they are also shown ...