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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Backup Drives: Should I prefer more cache or a SAS interface?

Background: I am buying new drives for a backup server. I've found a good price on a WD RE drive that has a SAS interface but only 32MB of cache. I have to pay $40 more to get a SATA interface and ...
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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 DL380p not recognising HP hard drives on boot

I have two ProLiant DL380p rack mounted small factor servers. I have installed the following drives onto both servers: 1x 240GB SSD drive (Crucial NOT HP branded) 2.5" SATA 7.2k rpm 1TB (HP-branded)...
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How to reset Areca RAID card built-in SAS expander password?

I just bought used ARC-1882IX-12 card but the seller forgot password to the SAS expander. The web management worked well with default "0000" password. How to reset it ?
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P410i smart array controller SATA drive recommendations of known working models

Background: my company needed some internal, reliable servers for internal data. (we normally use cloud). Being a small company, we have scanty budget, but also flexibility. We picked up a number ...
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Recover ATA SSD After Secure Erase Without Setting Password

I have received an ATA SSD drive which was secure erased before being handed over. When it was secure erased (using the "Disk Eraser" tool on Parted Magic LiveCD), the default NULL password was ...
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Does the Dell backplane affect the speed of the drives?

I've already checked the following questions but couldn't find an answer: Does the backplane on an HP server have any impact on the speed of the drives? 3rd party SSD drive in HP Proliant server only ...
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ChkDsk Timout during repair attempt

I started chkdsk H: /F /R /X as admin on a SATA harddisk (WD Caviar Green 1TB) that I mounted using an USB adapter. After a while the operation timed out with the message The specified I/O on \...
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Does the backplane on an HP server have any impact on the speed of the drives?

I have an HP Proliant DL380 Gen7. The server currently has no drives and is running on the integrated smart array controller. I was looking into replacing the controller with an LSI-9211-8i controller ...
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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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ESXi free with 2 VMs dedicated for FEM analysis on a HW RAID1 2x SATA 7.2k ML150 Gen9

I need to build a new server/super workstation for FEM calculations to replace current dual-boot solution, where either windows or unix is working at the time. This new unit is planned to have 24C/48T,...
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How exactly does a SAS SFF-8087 breakout cable work? + RAID/connection questions

Please let me know if my question does not makes any sense as I am not sure if I am interpreting it correctly from my thoughts due to my lack of technical knowledge on this. If I am using a ...
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How do I power SATA drives in my DELL poweredge 2850?

I have a Dell 2850 which I've been fairly happy with. It runs RAID 5 to 6 Hot-swap SCSI drives, but I'd like to add some cheap storage. So I bought an Intel PCI-X SATA raid card and tried to install ...
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SAS / SATA max number of connected disks vs performance

I would like to understand following things: When I have a motherboard with SATA 6gb/s and 8 ports, does it mean that every single port is able to provide 6bg/s speed to disk that is connected over ...
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Hard disk reporting incorrect size in BIOS

I have a server with a software RAID system. There are 4 disk in the array: 4 x 4TB model WD40EFRX-68WT0N0 I noticed that the OS was reporting one of the disks to be 3TB, so I rebooted and ...
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HP Proliant cannot find Seagate SATA HDD

1785-Slot X Drive Array Not Configured (HP Proliant ML10 v2 cannot recognize Seagate 1Gb SATA HDD) I have a HP Proliant ML10 v2 and a Seagate 1TB SATA HDD. My computer cannot recognize the HDD so I ...
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Server throwing error on drive: status: { DRDY ERR }, error: { ABRT }, failed command: READ DMA EXT

I have a server from Red Barn that has been throwing errors accessing its local SATA flash drive. Here are some facts: I'm running Ubuntu 15.10, although two other similar Supermicro servers are as ...
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Can't mount SATA drives when moved from USB enclosure to internal

I have had 4 external drives connected over USB to my Dell Precision 490 workstation. They are in /etc/fstab by uuid and formated as UUID. UUID=04c37bff-b93e-440e-acd0-3d984ddb2ec3 /mnt/drive0 ext4 ...
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Is it possible to replace the SATA CD-ROM to SATA HDD\SSD on my dell R610?

Like many people, I do not use a CD-ROM on my server is it possible to replace the SATA CD-ROM to SATA HDD\SSD on my dell R610? Thanks
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CentOS 6: SATA link down when scanning for unused drives

I recently inherited a CentOS 6 server with 8 installed hard drives. 6 of these drives were going to be configured as an LVM, but never got that far. The drives are installed and, from what I can tell,...
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Does ESXi 6.0 Support any PCIe x1 SATA RAID Controllers?

I'm trying to find a PCIe x1 SATA RAID controller, that is supported by ESXi 6. I've spent hours searching the ESXi compatibility site, however I have yet to come across one. Is this a fruitless ...
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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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Which bandwith can i expect, when i´m running a SATA SSD on a SAS interface?

So, i know this question had been asked before. I consider to buy a SSD for my Server, because i kinda hate the SAS HDDs in there. I thought: If i connect a SSD, which, in fact, handles way more ...
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Upgrade RAID 10 with 7200RPM SATA

We have a Dell T320 with a S110 software RAID with 7200RPM SATA drives. The RAID level is 10 with four drives. I underestimated the demand on the disk, and it is now a major bottleneck of the system. ...
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What speed should I expect from an MSA60 attached to an HP p212

I have an HP DL380 G5 with a P212 controller and a 256MB cache card/battery. The P212 is hooked up to an MSA60 enclosure, which for testing, I have populated with 8x 500GB 7.2k SATA disks. I know ...
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HP ProLiant DL180 Gen9 modding/cabling [closed]

I bought a HP ProLiant DL180 Gen9 server in 12LFF drives configuration. Now I'd like to put two additional 2.5" SATA drives inside the case to serve as system drives. As there isn't a default spot ...
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hard resetting link exception Emask 0x50 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x4090800 action 0xe frozen

Following situation: A productive linux debian 7 server with kernel 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.68-1+deb7u2 x86_64 GNU/Linux Manufacturer: Supermicro Product Name: X10SLL-F Version: 1.02 SATA ...
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Are SSD drives as reliable as mechanical drives (2013)?

SSD drives have been around for several years now. But the issue of reliability still comes up. I guess this is a follow up from this question posted 4 years ago, and last updated in 2011. It's now ...
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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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ESXI 5.5 Doesn't see full hard drive

I have an ESXI 5.5 host which I've had up for a while (whitebox build) and I've recently replaced one of the internal hard drives due to failure (not raid, directly connected to the SATA controller). ...
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Does any SATA drive work in any SATA port?

I was under the assumption (apart from restrictions due to old operating systems not being able to read large drives) that as long as a hard drive was of the same type as what is available for the ...
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CentOS - Raid Speed Below Single Disk

I'm encountering some odd behavior and wondering if anyone has ideas what would be causing it. Setup: 2x 2.4GHz Opteron quad cores, 8GB RAM, 2x 500GB 7200 RPM SATA2 drives, with Clean minimal CentOS ...
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Any experience with SATA SAS Interposer Cards?

Driven by the current price difference between SATA and SAS disks on one side and the potentially bad behaviour of SATA disks in bigger storage arrays on the other side, I have found so-called SATA-to-...
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Can a RAID card be used just to connect an optical drive?

This is one of those daft "I bought some used equipment on eBay' type questions. I have an IBM xServer with a SCSI RAID running CentOS 6 and I bought this 3Ware 9500 SATA RAID card thinking I could ...
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how to unlock a ssd disk with hdparm?

I have a SSD disk with password protection, but the password lost long time ago... so I tried to earse the ATA security with "hdparm" command. with "hdparm -I", the disk information looks ...
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AHCI - Will be two HDDs (SSDs) two times faster?

Lets take common numbers: SATA HDD - 120Mb/s read, write speed heavily depends on gaps in sequence SATA SSD - 550Mb/s read, 500Mb/s write PCIe SSD - 2500Mb/s read, 1500Mb/s write Lets assume they ...
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Raid Ready Hard Drive vs Standard Hard drives

What is the difference between normal data hard drives and Raid Ready Hard Drives? I am planning to build a server with 6x2TB hard drives and i have been quoted raid ready Hard drives nearly at 250$ ...
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Is there any downside to having 4 SSDs in RAID 10 on the same SATA controller as a DVD drive?

Setting up a new server; the motherboard is a Supermicro X10SRW-F. It has two SATA controllers, one with 6 ports, one with 4. The one with 6 ports already has a DVD drive connected to it. I'm about ...
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Proliant ML350 G6 - Installing a 2TB drive only recognises it as 250gb and Fails [closed]

I have purchased 2x Seagate Enterprise SATA 2TB 2.5" drives, but when they are loading into 2 new hot plug slots the HP software is only recognising the drives have a capacity of 250gb. I have tested ...
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SSD in early 2008 Xserve Apple Drive Module

Pretty much the title: it possible to use a modern, 2.5″ SSD in an Apple Drive Module on a early 2008 Xserve? This would be replacing a 15k RPM SAS drive, and in most places I've looked that HDD is ...
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Are there different kinds of Mini SAS to 4x SATA reverse breakout cables?

I have an RPC-4224 case that has 24 bays with 6 Mini SAS ports. I needed a cable to break out one of them into 4 SATA ports, so I went down to my local Fry's Electronics and bought one. The cable came ...
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ZFS best practices with hardware RAID

If one happens to have some server-grade hardware at ones disposal, is it ever advisable to run ZFS on top of a hardware-based RAID1 or some such? Should one turn off the hardware-based RAID, and run ...
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Is SATA-2 backwards compatible with SATA-1?

As per the title, are the two versions compatible?
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HD recognized by BIOS but not Linux or GParted

I have an old (2007) Dell Precision Workstation 690 with Ubuntu 12.04. It has 2 mirrored 139G SAS drives for OS and 2 WD Black 2TB data drives that were formatted ext4 and rsynced and had my virtual ...
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How do I make Linux recognize a new SATA /dev/sda drive I hot swapped in without rebooting?

Hot swapping out a failed SATA /dev/sda drive worked fine, but when I went to swap in a new drive, it wasn't recognized: [root@fs-2 ~]# tail -18 /var/log/messages May 5 16:54:35 fs-2 kernel: ata1: ...
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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 Disk very poor performance

I have a HP MicroServer NL54, stock BIOS, with 4 HDs Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache. If I run a dd benchmark I get: $ dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=4K count=4096 4096+0 ...
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How to replace SCSI with SATA or adapt SCSI to SATA drives

At first, I apologize for my question, but I am complete beginner. My friend gave me an old HP Proliant DL385 server which was replaced in bank, where he works, by newer stuff. Because of privacy, ...
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Is using a PCI-E SATA Controller equivalent to the onboard controller

I have a Windows Server, in which the on-board SATA controller is broken and the machine can not identify any of the connected disks. To overcome the issue I am thinking of buying PCI-E SATA ...
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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 ...