Solid-state drive refers to a data storage device that uses solid-state memory to store its persistent data.

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Linux tool to reset Intel X25 SSDs wear leveling tables?

I'm aware of the DOS utility to "Reset" an Intel SSD to factory settings, but I'd rather not shut down my system to do this to my SSDs. Supposedly newer kernels support TRIM, but I haven't found any ...
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How to split XP to a SSD and regular spinning storage

Looking for instructions on how to install XP on a SSD drive so that pretty much only the core stuff (DLLs system exes) are on the SSD drive. Most drivers are loaded once into memory essentially at ...
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Media_Wearout_Indicator at 043 - Reason to be worried?

I have a server running with two SSD disks in RAID1 and both drives report a Media_Wearout_Indicator at 043 from smartctl. 233 Media_Wearout_Indicator 0x0032 043 043 000 Old_age Always ...
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Maintenance (TRIM) of SSDs in HW RAIDs

I have 2 ARECA 8040 HW-RAIDs, with 8 SSDs each. One is RAID10 with Intel 520 SSDs, the second is RAID5 with Samsung 840 SSDs. Both are connected to the Server with one shared LSI Logic / Symbios Logic ...
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Vertex 2 SSD Freezing 60 seconds at a time

I have a OCZ Vertex 2 SSD that I've been using for a few years in a Win2k8 64-bit "Server" (Dell Precision M4300). Every few weeks it gets in a mood during which it temporarily freezes very often for ...
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Write-Back and Write-Through for SSDs

Are there any special implications of Write-Back vs Write-Through that should be considered when creating an SSD raid array?
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How to over-provision an Intel SSD RAID Array via the Dell H700 PERC RAID Controller

I would like to set up a RAID10 array of 6 Intel SSD 320 SSDs, but over-provision them to enhance their performance and duration as per this PDF: ...
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Does AIX support Advanced Format (4k sector size) SAN LUNs?

I am working with an EMC XtremIO storage array that utilizes SSD devices that use a native 4 KB sector size instead of the traditional 512 B size. I am attaching an IBM AIX 7.1 server to the array. I ...
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Is it sensible to use SLC swap as a RAM substitute on a VM host?

I have a few oldish servers running virtual machines but they are limited to 16GB RAM and that limits the number of VMs I can run and the options for RDS. I've added a RAID1 array of two Intel 311s: ...
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Sync SSD to spindle drive using RAID or DRBD

I'm setting up a server with and SSD as the primary drive, and would like to duplicate the data onto a cheaper drive as a block-level backup (à la RAID1). Since I don't want to hobble the performance ...
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Is TRIM passed through a LVM-based PV Xen domU to the underlying SSD

Scenario: -- Debian Xen dom0 -- SSD drive setup as LVM PV/single Volume Group. -- Debian pv_ops-based domU setup on LVM logical volume. -- File system inside domU is ext4 with discard option enabled. ...
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HP D2700 enclosure and SSDs. Will any SSD work?

I've got an HP D2700 enclosure that I'm looking to shove some 2.5" SSD drives in. Looking at the prices of HP's SSD drives vs something like an Intel 710 and even something less 'enterprisey', there's ...
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Age replacement policy for hard disks and SSDs at servers

I'm planing an age replacement policy for our storage and servers. Most of them are for DBs and some for images (static content) so yes, they have an huge I/O everytime. Also, we use Samsung 840 Pro ...
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SSD + Hard Disk RAID-0 Efficiency?

Recently I bought a PC that came with a 64GB SSD along with a 300GB 7200 RPM hard disk drive. I thought that they would use the 64GB SSD to install the OS with the HDD acting as a data drive. I was ...
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What are the main points to avoid RAID5 with SSD?

My understanding is that an SSD has a limited amount of writes. RAID5 performs many writes due to parity information across the drives. So reasoning states that RAID5 would kill and lower the ...
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Using SSD drives in a raid in an operation involving little to no deletes

From what I've been able to understand when reading about the case with Solid State drives and raids, the problem is that TRIM cannot be used for them in a raid configuration, thus, resulting in the ...
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Solid State Hard Drive

It's said that Solid State Drive is much better than SATA one as there is no spinning head or os. So, there won't be hard disk crash problem?
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ZFS: best practices for adding cache to pools

sounds like dumb question but there are no ready answers at SF can the cache pool have different name than the zpool? eg: suppose there is a zpool "tank" serving NFS and iSCSI can a new cache pool ...
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For a new database server, which partition will benefit the most from SSDs?

I'm speccing a new database server for a Microsoft SQL Server environment. In the past, I would create four separate RAID arrays for OS, data, transaction logs, and tempdb. Now, I am looking at the ...
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Samsung 840 Pro SSDs in a Dell R720

We have a MySQL database server running on an Dell PowerEdge R720 (PERC H710 Mini RAID controller) ( (Ubuntu 12.04). We're considering upgrading the 2 x 146GB 15k SAS drives to Samsung 840 Pro SSDs. ...
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Recommended 256 GB SSD for Linux servers

I need some relatively-affordable 256 GB SSD drives for a Linux application where fast seek performance (many IOPS) is more important than sequential throughput. The ratio of reads to writes is more ...
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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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Is it safe to place write-intensive partitions on an SSD (in an SSD+HDD system)?

I'm setting up a (sort of) powerful workstation for SW development work on Linux. It's a Xeon system with multiple cores, 32GB memory, a large HDD and a 120 GB SSD (Samsung MZ7WD120HAFV a.k.a. ...
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Server responds “bus error” to every command

I have a linux machine dedicated to MySQL server with a pretty high load. Today I woke up and was terrified to see that database server is down. I could connect to it via SSH, but it was responding ...
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HP P410 RAID + Samsung 830 SSDs + Debian 6.0 - What performance to expect?

I'm renting two dedicated servers from a hosting company. Here are the specs: server1: HP ProLiant DL165 G7 2x AMD Opteron 6164 HE 12-Core 40 GB RAM HP Smart Array P410 RAID controller 2x Samsung 830 ...
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ext4 filesystem corruption — maybe hardware error?

I'm getting these errors in dmesg after about half an hour after I turn on the computer: [ 1355.677957] EXT4-fs error (device sda2): htree_dirblock_to_tree: inode #1318420: (comm updatedb.mlocat) ...
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SSD + LUKS performance comparison?

Our laptops and portable drives must be LUKS encrypted. LUKS doesn't really seem to cause much performance loss on normal laptop hard drives (7200RPM) for us. With the crazy data rates you get with ...
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Why would anyone want to put DB log on a SSD?

I keep hearing about people who want to get SSD for their databases. But instead of putting their tables on SSD, quite often people want to put their DB log on SSD while leaving their tables on ...
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Why does storage's performance change at various queue depths?

I'm in the market for a storage upgrade for our servers. I'm looking at benchmarks of various PCIe SSD devices and in comparisons I see that IOPS change at various queue depths. How can that be and ...
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How do physical disks passed through ESXi perform vs. passing through HBAs?

Context: I have a SAN operating system (Nexenta) that runs on ESXi. It has a couple of HBAs passed through to it already, via VT-d. All of the HBAs for the SAN OS are full (no free connectors). I ...
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Does an SSD in a file server on a gigabit LAN result in noticeably faster file access for end users compared to HDD?

I've read a lot (and experienced) the benefits (fast boot times, quick program launching, quick file access, etc) of using an SSD as the boot drive on a workstation, but haven't been able to find much ...
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How can I make this setup faster?

Hey StackOverlow Community, I currently am using some software that stores a bunch of XML files. All the files are under 25k bytes. The makers of the software state the performance is based on ...
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Advices for filesystem choice and tuning on SSD?

What is your favourite filesystem on SSD disks, and why? I'm asking because on my Acer Aspire One with 8 GB SSD with ReiserFS it takes ages to boot after an unclean shutdown, so I'm probably missing ...
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HP Proliant G6 reporting failed SSD drive - alternative strategies for monitoring?

I would like to get your feedback about a controversial situation I found myself in some days ago. I was tasked to use a HP Proliant G6 for development purposes with 2 new (< 2 months, never used ...
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The use of external journals on SSDs

Certain journaled file-systems do suffer from performance penalties for hosting the journal on the same drive as the filesystem itself. Using an external journal can improve write speeds. With the ...
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LVM with SSD + non SSD in volume group (for snapshot storage)

I have a KVM box running some critical VMs which perform software builds. The server runs SSD drives. I have an older version of KVM which has limited snapshot capability, and I have decided to use ...
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Is it wise to use SSHDs (Solid state hybrid drives) on a server?

I have a bunch of servers with very heavy I/O that currently use SATA3/SAS drives, but do suffer from I/O wait on the SATA drives, and I have just been alerted to the existence of SSHDs which cost the ...
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Using X25-E SSD on Dell R710 w/PERC H700

I noticed that StackExchange/ServerFault is using a Dell R710 with PERC H700 controller and Intel X25-E SSDs for a database server. We're trying to do the same thing! We're currently running the ...
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Is TRIM possible on SSD disks in RAID 1?

I am going to build a new server to handle a high-traffic php/mysql site. I am going to use SSD disks to benefit from fast random read performance but really got confused about choosing the right SSD ...
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SSD Software RAID Alignment Necessary?

Is it necessary to have the partitions that makeup a software RAID 1 array be aligned? This guide states "Software RAID: Although one needs to pay attention to correct alignment here as well, ...
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FreeBSD 9.2 shows SATA3 drives as SATA2

I'm running FreeBSD 9.2 on an Intel S2600GZ server board with 4 Intel SSDs. Both the server board as well as the disks are SATA3 capable. However, FreeBSD seems to think they are SATA2. Nowhere in ...
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Performance of Linux software raid-1 across SSD and HDD (partitions)

How does Linux software raid-1 work across disks of dissimilar performance. Would a raid-1 across ssd and hdd partitions give me a mirror of the ssd contents while not impacting the read speed? I ...
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Set Windows pagefile size in answer file?

Is it possible to set the Windows pagefile size in an answer file? The Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) Unattended Windows Setup Reference shows that the pagefile for the windowsPE pass of ...
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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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2x SSD's in RAID1 for MySQL server

I'm in need to upgrade my MySQL machine, as currently I am running 2x SATA 7200rpm drives in RAID0. This of course is quite dangerous incase one of the drives fails. As I do not need too much storage ...
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SSD on Vmware ESXI 4 (TRIM? Good Idea?)

I just posted about finding bottle necks and have narrowed it down to having way too many VMs on my machine on one 15K SAS drive. I have plenty of cores and plenty of ram. So I am planning on putting ...
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Running fstrim as cronjob - what happens when interrupted by shutdown

One of the ways to implement fstrim on a file system, it to make a cron.daily task that runs fstrim /. This is preferred over -o discard (mount option) by a lot of people, because the latter can make ...
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flashcache with mdadm and LVM

I am having trouble setting up flashcache on a system with LVM and mdadm, I suspect I am either just missing an obvious step or getting some mapping wrong and hoped someone could point me in the right ...
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What would happen if I did a raid on a SSD and an HDD?

I am building another server (cheap) and would like to go with a 256GB SSD drive for my boot and data. This will be enough for my needs, but just having one SSD scares me for a couple of reasons. If ...
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Server RAM acting as HDD

I've some software that wants access to a very fast disk. I could buy an SSD, but my server has approx 64GB of ram spare. Is it possible to use a portion of that unused RAM to create and mount a ...