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I'm a bit iffy on the competence bit. I'm a IT management grad and they don't teach you squat about hardware. There's a few simple truths here At some point of time dead hardware is dead hardware. Time/effort costs money. You may not be able to fix this Hard drives arn't free well unless you have a service contract that covers everything. We do. Our ...


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If using HP/Dell/similar nothing apart from the RAM and hard drives will be readily interchangeable from any other vendor or generic part. Technically you could swap out CPUs although the heat sinks will be specific and the motherboard will often only support a certain speed and model number of CPU. If you going down this route IT shops generally stick to ...


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Such catastrophic failures can be caused only by a much higher voltage on the power rail. It should be relatively simple to use a multimeter to measure the current/voltage going to the SATA power connector. As you mention a (custom built) backplane: have you tried to connect a single hard disk directly to the power connector, bypassing the ...


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NVMe is PCIe based, and using different drivers designed for that. You can essentially take an M2 formfactor NVM, pop it into the appropriate adaptor, and run it on any linux, windows or BSD system with appropriate drivers. Essentially all NVMe does is standardises PCIe based SSDs to a single set of drivers, designed to take full advantage of them. ...


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My two cents... NVMe got the various SSD mfg to focus on and adopt a base standard... Basically you can get Nand Flash performance from an SSD connected to NVMe servers for NET less. Also their is more NVMe over fabric features (that I am not that familiar with yet) See https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/663/132761 Content "The Performance Impact of NVMe ...


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You can't just toss random parts into modern servers. If that's what you're looking for, Supermicro would be a better choice than Dell/HP/IBM. SATA versus SAS is always an issue, especially when it comes to SSDs... especially when you're using CONSUMER-grade SSDs!! In terms of your CPU situation, some of the newer CPUs within the Westmere family and ...


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E1422 CPU Machine Chk means that the CPU detected an hardware error and stopped operations. It can be related to the other error - memory problem. You can see here and here for more details.


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Depends a bit - for anything potentially holding commercially sensitive material, it's properly destroyed. (Shred/furnace). It's just not worth the risk of it being recoverable. For stuff that doesn't fall into that category - you may find a local geek community might have a use for it for 'playing with' in a workshop/hack space. Advertise it on freecycle ...


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I would say you kinda got ripped off. The system seems to be ~10 years old (the CPU is from 2005) and as far as I know from buying used server hardware in Germany, you could get a decent ~5 year old HP system or the like for the same price. I don't know whether prices for used hardware are higher in the UK in general, but over here that would be definitely ...


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You haven't run SMART self test for quite some time. Try running smartctl -t long <device>. It should take few hours and you can see progress in smartctl -a: Self-test execution status: ( 0) The previous self-test routine completed without error or no self-test has ever ...


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The tool for finding a computer's physical location based nothing more than its network cable is politely referred to as an "intern". Your intern tool may well request, and be greatly assisted by something called a cable tracer/toner/mapper/identifier, but if I did it by hand or with an arp table and a command line, so can anyone. Once identified, labeling ...



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