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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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 [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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Mystery stack traces in /var/log/messages

I am seeing the following messages in my server's /var/log/messages. They look like stack traces and are not preceded by any narrative (e.g. "such-and-such has gone wrong"). I am almost certain they ...
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question about a sata read/write speed

I'm contemplating biting the bullet for an ssd drive in a server, obviously I know it will be MUCH faster than a regular 7200rpm sata2 3gbps drive. The nice thing about ssd's is often they post the ...
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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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SATA drive not recognized when installing RHEL 5.1 on PowerEdge R410

Here's my setup: Dell R410 with Perc S100 (software) raid controller on an Intel ICH10R chipset The first problem is that the Perc S100 is only supported on windows. I'm trying to install RHEL 5.1. ...
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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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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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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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Sata Card for OpenSolaris, no raid needed

can anyone recommend a Sata pci or pci-e card that is compatible with OpenSolaris? Raid isn't necessary as aim is to use ZFS. I ended up getting: - Intel sasuc8i (based on LSI 1068) - Dell 5/i SAS ...
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Type of Storage for VMware View Implementation

We're doing a virtual desktop pilot and I was wondering what kind of SAN storage is commonly used. I've heard conflicting reports of SAS/SATA disks or even SSD or large read/write cache settings. ...
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Choosing the right backup solution - SCSI vs SATA tape drives

I'm backing up about 100gb worth of data on backup exec and after much deliberation, have decided that tapes are worth another shot (after my ultrium decided to die and munch tapes). Bearing in mind ...
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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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find out if disk is IDE or SATA

I need to find out if a disk is IDE or SATA (or anything else, maybe). I know that the device is /dev/sda, so I think it's SATA, but I don't know if I can be sure just by the name. I tried looking at ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Can I use an EIDE ATA-133 hard drive in a server that uses SATA?

I have an old 160 GB EIDE ATA-133 hard drive, which I would like to use in my Dell PowerEdge T105 server. However, the cables inside the T105 are SATA, which won't connect to the drive. Is there ...
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IBM x260m won't boot from PCI SATA card

We ghosted our old Windows 2003 drive to a new 1TB one, and connected through new PCI SATA card. The x260m server fails to boot with error 1962: "Boot sector not found." When we connect the drive ...
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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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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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Problem with slow hard disk

We bought some new PCs in my company with the new iCore 7 and 8GB memory and the following hard disk: WESTERN DIGITAL WD8000AARS 800GB CAVIAR GREEN SATA2 The problem we have is that after installing ...
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linux need to discover local sata mirror before hba attached scsi

(none of the machines mentioned are in production) Hello, I'm trying to install Centos 5.4, which wants to put the boot loader on either the boot sector of the boot drive (a local SATA mirror, ...
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Installing Ubuntu Server fails to detect SATA CD/DVD Drive

O/S: Ubuntu 8.04 Server LTS 64-bit Drive: Lite-On SATA CD/DVD Burner, DS-8A4S Motherboard: Supermicro x8ste Booting from the CD/DVD works fine, but the installer fails to detect the drive with 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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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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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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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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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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When using an external SATA enclosure, how can I discover newly added drives (Ubuntu Linux)?

I have been working on a system for processing data on large numbers of independent hard drives. To accomplish this, I purchased a Sil3124A 4-port eSATA controller card and a 10-bay external SATA ...
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Is it possible to install a solid state drive into a Sun Ultra 40 M2 workstation?

Our Sun Ultra 40 M2 workstations came with SAS drives, but my understanding is that the backplane will support both SAS and SATA. Sun's docs specify a very limited number of supported drives, but I'm ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Dell PowerEdge 1750/1850 using *SATA*?

we're currently looking for a cheap, but reasonably powerful, server to collect analytics and act like a firewall for our Web Application server. It seems a PowerEdge 1750 or 1850 would do the job ...
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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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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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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 ...