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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is sata 2 backwards compatible with sata 1

Simple question, Is SATA 2 compatible with SATA 1.