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Use HP SAS disks with Smart Array P410 RAID controllers. SATA drives will downshift speed to 3.0Gbps on that controller. You can have monitoring and fan speed problems with random SATA disks on that controller. 2.5" SATA drives aren't particularly low cost or high capacity. HP SAS drives are available in 146, 300, 450, 600, 900 and 1200GB capacities and ...


Try using the master password to secure-erase the disk. Performing a secure erase will reset the user password. You can find lists of default master passwords by vendor through google searches. For example, this web site may be useful: https://ipv5.wordpress.com/2008/04/14/list-of-hard-disk-ata-master-passwords/


I can't believe nobody mentioned AHCI yet... your SATA controller has to be in AHCI mode to enable hot swap. Check this by looking at the driver you are using: root@peter:~ # find /sys -name sdk /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:11.0/ata5/host4/target4:0:0/4:0:0:0/block /sdk /sys/block/sdk /sys/class/block/sdk root@peter:~ # readlink ...

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