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

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What Raid should I use for Website Static Files / Content

I'm building a Web server (IIS7) and would like to know the best practice for storing static content and the uploaded files of website's users (predominantly pictures, but also other documents like ...
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Experience with Intel X25-M 160GB and Oracle

We're considering building an Oracle database with 12 Intel X25-M G2 160GB drives in software RAID10. It'd be running Linux. Database gets some very heavy write activity during the early morning data ...
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SSD drives with SAS Interface

Why there aren't any SSD with SAS interface? Are there any technological limitations or it is simply because manufacturers haven't produced one yet?
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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 ...
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SSD for swap on Ubuntu server

Currently I am reading SSD reviews and I wonder how much exactly I will benefit if I move the 24 GB swap from 7200rpm HDD to SSD. Does anyone implemented swap space on SSD? Is this generally good ...
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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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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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Measuring 'total bytes written' under Linux

We're quite interested in exploring the possibility of using SSD drives in a server environment. However, one thing that we need to establish is expected drive longevity. According to this article ...
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DB Server with RAID 10 SSDs

So we were offered a server to be used as our production DB Server. The biggest difference is that it will contain 6 x 80GB SSD in Hardware RAID 10 using an LSI 8708 RAID Card. Here are the specs: ...
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how many disks can saturate a 6GSAS controller ? :LSI 9260-8i

This is my build: LSI 9260-8i: MAX read throughput of 2,875 MB/s, write performance of 1,800 MB/s 24x SAS 10K RPM drives 2x 100GB Dell SSDR (SATA) drives for ZIL and L2ARC All plugged to same ...
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VMware Esxi with Kingston SSDNow (No Trim but S.M.A.R.T Garbage Collection)

I recently posted asking whether Trim is supported on VMware Esxi (here) and found out it is NOT. I've read that some SSDs, such as the Kingston SSDNow have hardware garbage collection. Would this ...
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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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Can I use dmraid instead of md (mdadm) to make software RAID-1 and RAID-1+0 volumes?

On a related question about SSDs and TRIM (see: Possible to get SSD TRIM (discard) working on ext4 + LVM + software RAID in Linux? ), it turns out that dmraid may now (or shortly) support TRIM on ...
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Crucial C300 256GB SSDs in Dell M605 (or similar) Blade with Perc H700

Does anyone have any experience with 3rd party SSD drives in any of the Dell Blade range? I'm not prepared to pay dell £1000 for a 100GB SSD drive, when I can pick up 2x 256GB drives for £800! I've ...
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What's in my ZFS ARC and L2ARC caches?

I have a simple ZFS setup at home, four disks mirrored, 8GB ram and 120GB Intel X25-M SSD for L2ARC. I ran zpool add poolname cache cXtXdX then generated load and eagerly tracked the warming process ...
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SSD TRIM (discard) problems with ext4 on Crucial C300 SSDs with CentOS 5.5

Playing around with using a modern kernel (2.6.37 currently) on an older OS (CentOS 5.5) so we can get TRIM (discard) working on our SSDs (Crucial C300s). The most recent hdparm (9.37) concurs that ...
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Possible to get SSD TRIM (discard) working on ext4 + LVM + software RAID in Linux?

We use RAID1+0 with md on Linux (currently 2.6.37) to create an md device, then use LVM to provide volume management on top of the device, and then use ext4 as our filesystem on the LVM volume groups. ...
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RAID of SATA SSDs or PCIe Flash?

As a reference: Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB drives. MySQL 5.1.5x running InnoDB tables. Linux (CentOS 5.5 etx3 journaled). Questions: Is it better to use a RAID of these so that drives can be ...
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HP Smart Array p400i with Intel X25-M 160 SSD

I have a pair of x25-M 160 Intel SSD's in an HP DL360 G5 with a p400i Smart Array running 512 BBWC. The disk performance I am getting on this box and another identical one does not come close to ...
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Tape vs SSDs backups regarding long-term storage reliability

My question is very specifically about solid state drives, not regular hard drives. I would like to put in place a grandfather-father-son backup scheme, with the SSDs being used for the grandfather ...
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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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PERC 5/i and SSD

I have a PowerEdge 2950 with PERC 5/i and 4x 300GB 10K SAS drives in RAID 10. I want to add a secondary RAID 0 virtual disk using 2x SSD in the extra two slots. I know I'll need a 2.5" -> 3.5" adapter ...
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RAID1: Migrate HDD to SSD?

My current workstation uses an Adaptec 5805, with Win2008 mirrored between two 72 GB (10K?) savvio drives. My question is if there's a way to migrate the mirror to use SSDs - I've been looking at ...
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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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SSD as System Memory?

Can multiple SSDs with RAID or something like Texas Memory Systems' storage solutions be used as system memory?
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Question about drives in a heavily used file storage server

I have a medium sized file storage website that allows people to backup their data online. A lot of these files are shared, and receive large amounts of traffic. I have several types of servers, and I ...
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Low read latency SSD

What's the most cost effective low latency (when reading) SSD? My application involves DB searching, so write performance isn't a concern. 64GB is sufficient I've looked at Fusion IO ioXtreme, ...
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SSD Harddisk and linux distro with TRIM support

I have a Corsair Force Series SSD harddrive which I plan to put in a 1 unit linux box as a linux server. The server itself will be making a lot of random reads and very little writes, which makes SSD ...
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Use SSD for web server

Im building a new server for my company and would like to know which option is better? using SSD or traditional hard drives with RAID 10? I prediect that the web server will perform a lot of ...
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Web server on SAN vs SSD

We are running 3 PHP web servers with the web directory (including the php files to be ran locally) pulled from a their own local SSD drive. We are deciding wheter to install a SAN to server our web ...
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Free tiered storage automation in linux?

I have a couple virtualized fileservers running in QEMU/KVM on ProxmoxVE. The physical host has 4 storage tiers with significant performance variances. They're attached both locally and via NFS. ...
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Does anybody know why HP offers only SATA SSD drives?

HP offers SSD drives for their ProLiant range of servers but they only come with SATA interfaces. This is strange because in the past drives with SATA interfaces were Second Class Citizens in the ...
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Causes of sudden massive filesystem damage? (“root inode is not a directory”) [closed]

I have a laptop running Maverick (very happily until yesterday), with a Patriot Torx SSD; LUKS encryption of the whole partition; one lvm physical volume on top of that; then home and root in ext4 ...
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Does a web application which is running on SSD need in-memory caching?

My hosting provider offers me to increase my server's memory from 8gb to 24gb, at the same monthly cost of 3x 120gb SSD. SSD choice seems more reasonable to me; but im curious if my web application ...
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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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Need ideas for a cost effective, green (and small) Sql Server hardware build

I need to upgrade our internal Development Sql Server hardware. Right now it's an Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz. I feel that the CPU is fine. It's got 4Gig ram - yuck. It's got a sub-par HD in it. ...
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SSD (Raid 1) vs SAS (Raid 10) Sql Server Hardware Recommendation?

Our current SQL Server Machine (which is about 6 years old): Box: Dell 2900 CPU: Xeon 5160 Dual Core RAM: 4GB HDD: 6x 15k RPM SAS drives in raid 10 Since it's 6 years old, the drives have been ...
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Will adding a SSD cache device to my ZFS storage improve performance?

The server has 4GB of RAM and my zpool is made up of 15.5k SAS drives arranged like this: NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM tank ONLINE 0 0 0 raidz1-0 ...
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Secure Delete on SSD

Will a "traditional" secure delete utility that overwrites physical sectors on a magnetic HDD work on an SSD, or will the SSD simply "remap" the sector to avoid the expensive delete operation and ...
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Recover lost NTFS partition on SSD

About 2 month ago I upgraded my Dell Latitude E6500 laptop with a Corsair Force F120 SSD drive. Everything worked well until about a week or so back. I started the computer and was faced with a beep ...
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Upgrading to SSD: Is it OK to just transfer everything? [closed]

I'm running windows 7 x64, Visual Studio 2010 on a standard HDD. The SSD I bought comes with a transfer kit that makes it easy to just transfer everything over to the new drive? Are there any reasons ...
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SSD RAID 1 and INTEL S5520SC

I've a server using INTEL S5520SC motherboard. I was wondering if it's possible to connect 2 SSD 128GB INTEL EXTREME drives in RAID 1 directly to this motherboard or would I need some kind of external ...
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Using System Restore to change drive mount letters in windows 7

I am taking an existing desktop with a large spinning media and adding an SSD. The spinning drive used to be c:. I want to make the SSD c: and boot off it, and make the spinning drive D: - leaving ...
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Should we install the OS on an SSD or not when running virtual machines?

I have a new Dell Mobile Precision M6500 laptop with 8 GB RAM. it has two hard drives - 500 GB @7200 RPM and a 128 GB SSD. The main purpose of these laptop is software development in virtual machines. ...
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Moved PostgreSQL 8.4 tables to a tablespace on an SSD, but still getting 4MB/s writes to old HDD

I first made a postgres-owned directory on the SSD and created the tablespace like so: CREATE TABLESPACE ssd_tablespace LOCATION '/ssd/pgdata'; I proceeded to move important tables and all indices ...
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How to “align” a Linux file system with a SSD?

I'm interested in getting a dedicated server with a SSD, probably Corsair Force series CSSD-F120GB2-BRKT. It'll be an Linux server, most likely running XFS (but I'm open to other alternatives). ...
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Will solid state drive improve performance of a database?

I have a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 database which contains approximately 3 GB of data. The server has 4 GB of RAM. The database is used both for reading and for writing data (lots of changes). The ...
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Which SSD and controller for Postgre SQL database?

we decided to upgrade DB server, now running on FreeBSD 8.0-STABLE, Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5335 @ 2.00GHz (1995.01-MHz K8-class CPU), 8GB RAM, db running on SAS hdd with slave on another box, there ...
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Server SSD upgrade

I have heard SSD's are a bad idea for servers are they? Do they eliminate the requirement for RAID i.e. are they more reliable overall? The cost isn't an issue here. Can someone provide direction on ...
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Hard Drive Failure

I posted this a few days ago: http://serverfault.com/questions/175917/unable-to-write-to-root-partition We thought that an add on card may have been conflicting with the motherboard, so we installed ...