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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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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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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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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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 [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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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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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 ...