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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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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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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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What is the value/cost of enabling “spread spectrum clocking” on my hard drives?

I'm building up a biggish NAS box (10x WD RE4 2TB SATA RAID10) and ran into some problems. During the course of my research, debugging, investigations, etc, I discovered a jumper on the physical ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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SCSI vs SATA? Is SCSI “actually” better? [closed]

Well, I was talking with a guy about servers the other day. I was a bit shocked whenever I asked him if there was any significant difference between SCSI and SATA and why he always uses SCSI. (note, ...
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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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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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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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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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Switch SATA disks in DELL PowerEdge R410

I need a 1U rackserver for hosting a website running on Windows Server and MS SQL. I plan to have a SSD drive for the system and SQL database and a large 1-2 TB standard SATA HDD for a lot of ...
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SATA Drive Replacement on Dell PowerEdge R410

I just talked to our Dell rep about purchasing some PowerEdge R410s and R510s and he made a comment that the SATA drives are 'special' and can't be replaced by aftermarket drives because of some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Recommended SSD Setup

I'm building a new server which will be running a text search service for our online web services. This service requires fast IO so I am trying to further reduce any potential bottlenecks. I would ...
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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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Replace SATA controller without re-installing Windows

I have a machine which just had a motherboard and processor upgrade. The new MB has onboard SATA and so I don't need the PCI SATA controller. Only problem is windows will try boot and fail since it ...
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Why can't I see my new harddrive on my Ubuntu box?

I installed my new drive and put Ubuntu server on it. It was working fine except ubuntu server was a bit to raw for me. So, then I decided to go back to my old drive and use the new drive as a second ...
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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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SATA Disk not recognized in brand new server

We bought a HP Proliant ml350 g6 server for our work place. It comes with RAID 5 supportted by SAS disks. It also has SATA 750 GB disk. We wanted to install windows server 2008, but the SATA disk is ...
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How much impact does hard drive cache have on IO performance

How much impact does hard drive cache have on IO performance Are there any statistics or performance tests available that can tell me if there is a difference is 16MB vs 32MB Cache? If it matters, I ...
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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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how do you mount and format /dev/sda to a different /dev/ name?

We have linux box running fedora. It has a small laptop hard drive running the OS and a 3ware RAID controller running 3 SATA drives RAID 5. When we boot the computer and login, I run “fdisk –l” ...
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How do I know if I have a SATA compatible machine without opening the box?

How do I know if I have a SATA compatible machine without opening the box? Or is the only way to open up the box and look at the connectors?
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NCQ: what is a safe maximum of tags per drive

I have 16 Seagate Barracuda ES.2 drives in a RAID array. If I select "tags per drive" parameter too high, I get "unexpected drive timeout" across all drives under heavy use. What value should I ...
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Is there an Emergency Rescue Disc (ERD) that allows for slipstreaming SATA drivers?

I have a computer at work that was baselined with the DISA Gold Disc, to include disabling the built-in admin account and setting its password to something unknown. So, while trying to use the repair ...
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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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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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Does this DIY SATA NAS Solution make sense for me?

I have approximately 10 servers configured as such: AMD 64 X2 AM2 dual or quad core chips 4-16GB RAM DDR800+ Dual SATA II Software Mirrored Boot Drives (Win Server) I would like to configure them ...
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Getting data out of a non-working SATA drive

Can anything be done to get data out of a dead SATA drive, the drive won't even show up on the list of drives when booting the computer? UPDATE: The drive was never backed-up. It was an external ...
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SATA Disks that handle write caching properly?

It's pretty common to see advice to disable the write cache on individual disks used for databases because otherwise some disks will acknowledge writes that haven't yet made it to the disk surface. ...
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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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Can any hard drive of the same format be put into a hot-swap tray?

I'm looking at buying a hot-swap NAS that supports SATA/SATA II hard drives. Can I get any SATA drive and put it into the hot-swap trays it comes with, or will I need to find a certain kind of drive? ...
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What are the merits of SAS vs SATA drives? [closed]

What are the merits of buying SAS drives over SATA drives, or vice versa?
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Temporary external mounting of 3.5" SATA/IDE drives

What do you use for temporarily externally mounting 3.5" SATA and IDE hard drives? When I'm in the field and just have a laptop with me, I'd like to be able to mount a client's drive to my laptop for ...