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How do I clone a single drive onto a new RAID 1 array?

Here's a little background on the situation at hand. I have a DELL Precision T7600 at work that I'm responsible for maintaining, which just lost a hard-drive, thankfully just the /home directory was ...
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How can I secure erase a drive using Powershell?

Does Powershell have a built-in way to secure erase a disk? By secure erase, I mean writing random data or all zeros to the entire disk. By disk, I mean the whole physical disk, not individual files, ...
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Disk read error after converting basic disk to dynamic disk?

I have a bit of an odd setup. Basically, originally in the server was an older lone 160G harddrive. We've decided to upgrade it to a RAID-1 mirrored 2 disk setup against two new 500G harddrives. It'd ...
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How can I recover data from a five disk raid 5 on HP Proliant DL 380

How can I recover data from a five disk raid 5 on HP Proliant DL 380 where four of the five disks are reporting a SMART error. I have some critical data on the failed logical drive and checking online ...
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Device Managed SMR - How does controller detect empty space?

Does the controller of a device managed SMR hard disk detect a format (say with ExFat) and start writing with empty shindles? I do encrypted Time Machine backups to an external SMR drive and recently ...
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How can i check remaining disk quota?

df does only report the disk free space, how can i get my allowed free space ?
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Dealing with an ATA error [closed]

my Xubuntu 16.04. produces a non-stop ATA error message. Here is the output of dmesg [ 4547.943159] ata7: hard resetting link [ 4548.657810] ata7: SATA link down (SStatus 0 SControl 300) [ 4548.657824]...
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Error while mounting partition with Live CD

While booting my system, It is going into initramfs prompt and it is giving some error. Before taking any further steps, I planned to take a backup my data from hard disk. So, I bootted the system ...
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Install Winsat on server 2012? Windows System Assesment Tool

I use winsat to see my disk read/write speed on Windows 8 and it works great: winsat disk -drive c Can this be used on Windows Server 2012?
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Can you use a USB hard drive in ESXI?

I know that you can install ESXi 4.0 on a thumbdrive, but I was wondering if you could plug in an external harddrive to give extra storage to one of your VMs? We run a fileserver inside of ESXi that ...
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How should I burn in hard drives?

Google did a very thorough study on hard drive failures which found that a significant portion of hard drives fail within the first 3 months of heavy usage. My coworkers and I are thinking we could ...
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How should I interpret disk IOPS listed by cloud hosting providers vs. those listed by drive manufacturers?

When I look at disk (block device) storage options from various cloud hosting providers, I usually see numbers such as : Google Cloud (Zonal SSD) : 15.000 - 100.000 read IOPS OVH Cloud : (High Speed /...
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LSI MegaRaid - Image Drive from Failed RAID

I had a power failure and my LSI MegaRaid 3 disk SAS RAID 0 failed. My attempts to recover the RAID have also failed. I plan to rebuild the array and go with RAID 5 and add another SAS disk. ...
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Disk Support HP 400 SAS controller [closed]

I receive a months ago an HP Proliant DL360 G5 with an HP Smart Array P400i Controller with 256 Mb, i have 2 sas 10k 72 Tb disk and i want to upgrade. I buyed 4 HDD SAS 10K Hitachi 450 Gb, but the ...
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Failed to extend disk with free space [duplicate]

I have a problem with extending my disk space with newly added free disk space on cloud hosting. When I try to create a new parition from 2GB free space using cfdisk, it fails with an error: All ...
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How to reduce the SATA link speed of drive in CentOS?

How do I make CentOS run SATA drives at 3Gb/s at boot? Background: I'm having an issue with a motherboard that claims to support 6Gb/s SATA transfer speeds, but when using 4 drives on it, in a ...
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Do I need to replace my NVME SSD?

I have a simple server setup: 2 NVME SSD disks (both SAMSUNG MZVLB1T0HALR-00000 for 1TB) united into RAID0. OS Ubuntu 19.04 Today my system stopped responding. Reboot didn't help. I connected via KVM ...
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how to enlarge disk space on /dev/xvde1 for AWS ec2 instance?

I created an EC2 instance with type of m1.small and later found it's lack of space. I then stop the instance and change the type to m1.xlarge. However, I have no luck on getting more space. df -a ...
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Error while Expanding Disk Space of virtual machine in Hyper-V server

I have one Virtual machine running on my hyper-v server which has allotted the disk space of 100GB, i have only created C drive in this machine and C drive of this machine is fully consumed due to ...
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Sudden spike in Centos free disk space

I have a VPS with 120GB of total disk capacity. In the past couple of months, our usage surged and since we have been within 95% of used disk space. Anyhow, a couple of days ago, I've identified large ...
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VPS: How can I update the available hard disk space after upgrade?

I made an upgrade of a VPS hosted on OVH, specifically from VPS CLOUD 1 to VPS CLOUD 2 that have 25gb more of previous solution (50gb total). On this VPS is installed CentOS 7.2.1511 There is the ...
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Backing up exchange 2003

I am trying to backup Exchange 2003 with the Windows Backup tool but due to bad block on the hard drive, I am getting the following error. Backup Status Operation: Backup Active backup destination: ...
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Linux ATA errors: Translating to a device name?

When a Linux box gets an ATA error, it syslogs it with a message identifying the disk as "ata%d.00". How do I translate that to a device name (e.g. /dev/sdb)? I feel like this should be trivial, but I ...
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ML350p Proliant Server Gen 8 - Can't Rebuild Raid 1 New HDD (Diff Firmware)

I'm having an issue on our HP Proliant ML350p Gen 8 Server. A drive was flashing amber/green and had the health led stating degradation (amber). We bought an exact replacement HDD, upon arriving I ...
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HDD SATA speed setting

I just noticed this info from smartctl Does that mean I'm running inferior SATA II speed? If yes, how do I enable SATA III speed? smartctl 7.1 2019-12-30 r5022 [x86_64-linux-5.4.0-37-generic] (local ...
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Configuring Windows Server Backup Destination Drive Sets

Is it possible to set up the standard backup system in SBS 2011 (or Server 2008 R2) to use an internal drive as a destination as well as external drives? Before you say yes, from my tests and from ...
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e2fsck takes lot of time to run

I am running e2fsck on one of my disk partitions (ext4) but it seems to take eternity. It is already running now for almost 10 hours or so and it is still at 42%. The size of the partition is around ...
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NAS not recognizing hard drive

My work has a Thecus N89000 NAS with 5 hard drives, RAID 5. We had a power outage last week and when power returned the NAS was unable to find RAID and no network folders are found. In the admin ...
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failed command: WRITE FPDMA QUEUED - cause of server running slow?

A headless Linux NFS fileserver has been running slow for the last couple days (based on subjective reports from users). I checked journalctl did not see any relevant errors. However, when I ...
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Cannot initialize disk in PowerShell : Initialize-Disk throws “The disk has already been initialized”

I'm trying to change the flash drive's partition style to GPT using PowerShell, but the cmdlet throws "The disk has already been initialized" (even though I've cleaned the drive): PS C:\WINDOWS\...
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Server 2012 R2 System Disk Filling

This is a bit of a strange issue - the usual troubleshooting steps don't seem to apply. On a XenServer 6.2 host (with SP1), I have a guest VM that is running Windows Server 2012 R2 that functions as ...
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How to interpret conflicting status data between `smartctl` and `mdadm`?

I have a HDD which is a member of a RAID10 array. smartctl and mdadm give me conflicting indications of its status. smartctl claims that the disk is FAILED: $ sudo smartctl -H /dev/sdf smartctl 7.0 ...
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Maximum safe hard drive temperature?

I have two new-ish 1TB hard drives in my server, both running at 38 degrees C at the moment. Should I be worried?
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Are there HDDs which tolerate high ambient temperatures?

For certain reasons I won't go into, I have this small server machine which tends to overheat. I don't have exact temperature measurements, but let's say something like... ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME ...
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Reliability of SSD vs HDD (Over large temperature variations)

I've got an application which requires data recording in a outdoor environment, and I am interested in the reliability of SSDs vs HDD when placed in a cold (down to -20) and hot (+50) ambient ...
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Shingled magnetic recording(SMR) device managed - sequential write performance optimizations

recently (2020-05) many HDD producers were caught silently replacing CMR lines with SMR disks, which brought more exposure to the whole concept. It seems that most device-managed SMR disks first ...
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Mysterious, intermittent Read I/O on Ubuntu 18.04 based EC2 server - iotop shows no disk reads

I have an EC2 server based on Ubuntu 18.04. With CloudWatch detailed monitoring enabled I'm seeing spikes of Disk Read Operations that last less than 1 minute (shown as 1-minute spikes on the graph) ...
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How to install windows on a logical partition created by ubuntu

When I try to install windows xp on /dev/sda5 windows tell me that it can not write on /dev/sda1 How can I install windows xp on /dev/sda5 without messing up some thing or is it not possible to ...
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Can I detect hardware RAID infromation from inside Linux?

When I'm inside of Linux, I can get the following information from lsblk (irrelevant drives removed from output): NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 298G 0 disk sdb 8:...
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External HDD wrong size

I have an very interesting problem with a Seagate HDD (3TB): Under Windows the HDD has a size of ~3TB. When I connect it to Ubuntu 14.04 and try to format it with GParted, GParted tells me that the ...
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Software RAID 5 with different sized hard drives

Is it possible to use Linux software raid with different sized hard drives? What will happen? Related
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How to manually select a specific disk in the UDI Wizard when using MDT 2013?

Is there a way to manually select a disk or partition as part of the MDT Deployment UDI Wizard rather than MDT automatically selecting one. I know you can select one in the Task Sequence but I'm ...
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Process blocking or disk corruption? Very high load + wait times, but low CPU/memory use

I am using a vServer that is suddenly experiencing very high wait times (10/20/30 seconds) or even timeouts on basic requests since yesterday after being in use for over a year without any problems. ...
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Transferring data from netbook hard drive to laptop

Recently, I got a new hp laptop (model: hp laptop 15-da1xxx) after my neo netbook crashed and couldn't display anything on its screen. Unfortunately, all the important files and videos from the ...
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can i apply quota on non partitioned /home drive RHEL7

I am having one RHEL 7 installed machine with following xfs partitions. / /swap /boot i did not create /home drive while creating partitions. now i want to apply quota and not able to fine ...
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Safe and beneficial to enable HD disk cache for disks in RAID, or not?

Dell Perc RAID cards (among others) allow you to set the disk cache policy to be either on (meaning, the individual hard disks use their built-in caches) or off (meaning, the individual disk caches ...
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SMART Extended self-test routine changes duration

I purchased a new Western Digital Elements 3TB a couple of weeks ago. As usual, I did all SMART tests, then badblocks, then SMART tests again. When I first got the drive, SMART showed this: Short ...
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MySQL Corrupt Table - No Space left - Index File too big

I noticed that one of my servers was running out of disk space, due to heavy MySQL usage. I stopped everything using the database, freed up some space and restarted mysqld. Now, I checked my table ...
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Does this SMART selftest indicate a failing drive?

I'm wondering if the results of this SMART selftest indicate a failing drive, this is the only drive that comes up with 'completed: read failure' in the results. # smartctl -l selftest /dev/sde ...
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Why are concurrent downloads faster

Many download managers like this, this and this support downloading a file over multiple parallel connections, one per thread. The concept is that each connection will download one part of the file ...

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