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Storage devices include any device used for storing and retrieving digital information. Hard disk drives (HDDs) use one or more rigid ("hard") rapidly rotating disks (platters) coated with magnetic material. Data is accessed in a random-access manner, meaning that individual blocks of data can be stored or retrieved in any order and not only sequentially. The primary competing technology for secondary storage is flash memory in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs), but HDDs remain the dominant medium for secondary storage due to advantages in price per bit and per-device recording capacity. CD-RW (Compact Disc-ReWritable) is a digital optical disc storage format that allows information to be stored outside the mechanical HDD.

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I have a single Hyper-v host and running two VM's.All the VM's are sitting in local storage
My local storage specs- (Lenovo 600 GB Hard Drive - SAS (12Gb/s SAS) - 3.5" Drive - Internal 15000rpm - Hot Swappable) drive with Raid 5.
My hosting OS Server 2016 running on 128 GB Lenovo Solid State Drive - SATA (SATA/600) - Internal - M.2.

I tried to create a Fixed 1TB VHDX drive and it took me 9-10 hours.

Just wanted to find out is this normal or something to do with my storage.
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The 7 Worst Nightmares of a Sysadmin
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The 7 Worst Nightmares of a Sysadmin

Fear not! To defend your business’ IT systems we’re going to shine a light on the seven most sinister terrors that haunt sysadmins. That way you can be sure there’s nothing in your stack waiting to go bump in the night.

I am using a Promox VE on my local ML110 xeon 28GB 480GB SSD server. and wish to backup on my Qnap TS-253A 8GB ram nas server.

Normally I log into the local server with: https://snag.gy/RYE3Sm.jpg URL: https://192.168.1.20:8006/#v1:0:18:4:::::: user id: root and then the password. but when I try to log in, it's not working: https://snag.gy/D9zsEx.jpg 

I downloaded nakivo for the backup.
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So I have a user who has an external hard drive that suddenly doesn't power up at all when connecting it via USB. I have had him try alternate cables and computers as well. It's just a regular external USB drive where you plug it into USB, it spins up, and then you go. Now he plugs it in and nothing happens on it at all. I wanted to check here with you folks before telling him sorry it's just crashed and dead. I will try extracting the internal drive on it and directly connect it to a computer when he returns to the office. Anyone have any other suggestions by chance?
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I'm looking for a disk wipe utility that adheres to DoD standards, that's bootable.  I've looked at several including DBAN ( wont work with our SSD) ActiveKill Disk, & Eraser.  Looking for freeware is possible.
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Dear Experts, we purchased Disk enclosure HPE 2050 yesterday to expand the storage capacity of SAN storage controller HPE MSA 2040.

We connected 1 SAS cable from OUT port of 2040 to IN port of 2050. After that, we turned on the 2050 device and add disk group, built RAID6 but it seems like take longer time than expected. Moreover, we got the "Degraded" status on Disks information, so is it normal? Can you suggest please? Should we connect the other SAS cable between 2 devices?

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is there a way to view results from Western Digital Lifeguard extended analysis?   I ran the app against a 2 TB hard drive but the app finished before I had a chance to see the results.  Are these results stored somewhere?
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I have a new HP Omen laptop that I just installed a new 1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD hard drive.
The laptop came with a 128 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD  (which I swapped out) and a 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA HDD which I left alone.

I am a bit of a novice on this so I am confused with what to do next.  Windows does not see the bigger drive and so it is all shown in Computer Managment as 'unallocated space'.

It seems to me on laptops where i had done something similar in the past I was just able to right click the main area, select 'extend' and follow the prompts.

However, extend is greyed-out when I try that?   Help!
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I have Proliant DL360 Gen 9 with Smart Array P440ar.  I installed a 4th 300gb hard drive into an existing Raid 5 array.  I don't know how or why but my array switched to Raid 6 (ADG).  At least i think it did because I believe I originally set it with Raid 5. My question is can i downgrade it back to Raid 5 without losing data in the array??
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I'm trying to resurrect an HP Pavilion 500-0470cb.
I had formatted the hard drive and then couldn't boot at all.
I found a bad power pin on the DVD power connector and fixed that.
I replaced the DVD drive.
I see the lights on the keyboard.
The boot is set for DVD first, HD 2nd.

When I go to boot from a Windows 10 DVD or a Knoppix CD, this happens:
1) the legend "press any key to boot from CD or DVD" appears
2) I press any key and nothing happens.
3) Soon, the light blue Recovery screen appears and is frozen - nothing works to change at that point.

If there is not a bootable CD/DVD in the drive, it goes direct to (3).

I'm stuck.
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I need to clean up a number of hard drives that contain different back ups / downloads of files and folders.  It's a mess. Is there a synchronizing program that will examine what files are duplicates so that I can clean it up?  Hardly a tech question but it seems a common problem.
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Why Diversity in Tech Matters
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Why Diversity in Tech Matters

Kesha Williams, certified professional and software developer, explores the imbalance of diversity in the world of technology -- especially when it comes to hiring women. She showcases ways she's making a difference through the Colors of STEM program.

Hello Everyone,

          I am wondering how I can copy or transfer the entire contents of a 1TB external WD USB drive to a 2TB external WD USB drive.  

          Any suggestions regarding any special hardware or software needed to accomplish this task will be greatly appreciated.

          Thank you very much :-)

          George
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Hi

I am looking to backup 32GB of data in a possible 6 hour window for a client and then they what an air gap between next day backup. i.e.
Physical change over of Media ... any ideas of a way forward with this or a product suggestion
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Hello Experts,

We have dell storage array.  It ran into some issues of running very slow yesterday and eventually resolved its self.  Attached is the majoreventlog.  Any input on the situation would be great.

Thank you,

-GTS
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I have a batch of refurbished Dell 086DD 1.92 SAS SSDs that I would like to test for TBW / remaining health before installing in a production environment.  I posted another question and learned that I can use an SAS Host Bus Adapter card to allow Crystal Disk Info to read the usage information from SAS drives.  However, the problem that I am now having is getting a card that will work with these specific 086DD drives.

I have used the following cards.  All of them will recognize and access a Kingston 240GB SATA SSD and a Dell Toshiba 0GWFRY 300GB SAS HD.  
--Supermicro SAAS2LP-MV8 HBA - 1.92TB not recognized
--PERC H700 - 1.92 not recognized
--PERC H710 - 1.92 not recognized
--PERC 6i - 1.92 IS recognized!!
EDIT --H310 - 1.92 not recognized (one of my guys got the IT firmware flashed)
EDIT - PERC 5i - 1.92 IS recognized

Of the four cards I've tried, the oldest card is the only one that will recognize the 1.92TB SSD.  Since it's not an HBA, though, I can't use Crystal Disk Info with it to access the drive status.  

I also have an H310 that I am trying to get flashed into HBA mode with the IT firmware, but it's giving me some grief with a "failed to initialize PAL" error.  However, I am not optimistic about the H310 working as I assume it's the same generation as the H710.  

So, what SAS HBA do I need to buy that recognize and access a Dell 086DD 1.92 SAS SSD?
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The track pad on my very old MacBook Pro is jammed. I don't use the laptop but there are photos and files on it that I want. Because of lack of updates, they are not backed up in the cloud. I do not care to pay to have the trackpad fixed, so is the best way to retrieve those photos and files to pay a repair shop to transfer them to an external hard drive?
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I need to go to a job site to wipe 25 hard drives.  I want to load software on a USB stick/boot to USB then reformat disk.  Any suggestions for what the best software to use would be?
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Hyper-V Machines in Stopping State?
It's not because of Hard drive space 472 GB Free of 1.09TB
30 VM's of which 14 are in stopping state..

Server 2016 Datacenter
HP DL380 G6
96 GB Ram
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i have about 600gb data that i like to transfer from one windows 10 laptop to other windows 10 laptop
how can i achieve it

please advise
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what is the cheap and best passport drive that is available in market now

https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-electronics-begins-mass-production-of-industrys-largest-capacity-ssd-30-72tb-for-next-generation-enterprise-systems

is 30TB is available as above?
i do not like too big size and electric connection etc.
more portable is better to move it along with me
i see
WD My Book 8TB-New USB 3.0 Desktop HDD Western Digital-NEW WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN

and
Seagate Expansion Desktop 8TB External Hard Drive
Please advise
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Active Protection takes the fight to cryptojacking
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Active Protection takes the fight to cryptojacking

While there were several headline-grabbing ransomware attacks during in 2017, another big threat started appearing at the same time that didn’t get the same coverage – illicit cryptomining.

I have an older Dell PowerEdge SC1430 server that I is not recognizing the SATA 2 hard drives I have installed (WD2500YS).  I have 2 of these drives installed on SATA0 and SATA1.  I believe I have the latest BIOS installed (1.4.0) from Dell.  The drives are empty (no OS).  I get the following error when trying to install WIn7/64 bit (get similar error when attempting to install Win2003).  I do not have a PERC installed (RAID controller).  There seems to be only one SATA setting (under "Integrated Devices>Embedded SATA" where there are only 2 options (ATA MODE and Off).

ERROR:
Windows cannot be installed to this disk.  This computer hardware may not support booting to this disk.  Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.

Thank you.
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Hi,

I have HP DL380 G7 server that has 6 drives. Each two drives working under RAID1 configuration. One of hard drive failed (start to blink yellow color).  I want to replace it with a new one. I have same size hard drive but I do not know how to build RAID 1 configuration again for the failed drive.

All drives are SAS and hot swap. Are there any documents or video that can help me to do that?

Thank you in advance.
Regards
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We are contemplating purchasing some used SAS SSDs and would like to be able to verify the health of the drives before deploying them.  We use Crystal Diskinfo for SATA drives, connected via the motherboard controller, and it works great, but SAS SSDs are connected to RAID controllers (PERC 6i, H700, or H710) and CDI isn't able to display any information.  We've even tried configuring the SAS drives as JBOD or leaving them unconfigured, figuring that might do the trick, but it doesn't.  

As far as I know, none of our spare servers have onboard SAS.  Are there passthrough SAS cards that will allow CDI to read from attached SSDs?  

What's the best / easiest / most efficient way to check TBW (terabytes written) or health remaining on SAS SSDs?
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Having trouble downloading Google drive to my PC.  I have downloaded twice but can't find it on my computer nor does it show up in control panel under programs and features.  I would like to place a folder for Google drive under Quick Launch so that I can put documents there from my computer.  Thanks
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I have a 750GB hard drive that just seemingly filled up overnight.  It is a headless desktop used as a "server" for a specific industry.

I select all the folders on the hard drive and it shows about 45GB of data.  (I have made sure that show hidden folders and files is on.)   I run WinDirStat (as an administrator) looking for the huge file, malware, temporarily files and it also shows around 45GB total.

I run CHKDSK c: /f in CMD (as administrator) and reboot it.  That doesn't fix it either.

I go into DISKPART and it shows the full hard drive.

In "My PC" it shows 10GB free out of 640GB.

I run a local defender scan and an online ESET scanner and shows clean.  

Therefore, I have a 750GB hard drive with less than 50GB of data on it verified by two different programs and it is almost full.

I haven't ran a SMART test on it (yet nothing is being reported on boot up) nor plugged it into my Linux server box for a second opinion.

Is this a hardware or SMART error?  NTFS?  

The drive is old (probably about 8 years old) but still works except for this issue.
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I have a Toshiba Satellite L450-02T. i bout this off Kijiji and i get a hold of the seller of course! the laptop is asking me for a HDD/SSD Password. I've googled and i cant seem to find a solution to fix this. It's running on Windows 7. I hope someone
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Storage Hardware

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Storage devices include any device used for storing and retrieving digital information. Hard disk drives (HDDs) use one or more rigid ("hard") rapidly rotating disks (platters) coated with magnetic material. Data is accessed in a random-access manner, meaning that individual blocks of data can be stored or retrieved in any order and not only sequentially. The primary competing technology for secondary storage is flash memory in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs), but HDDs remain the dominant medium for secondary storage due to advantages in price per bit and per-device recording capacity. CD-RW (Compact Disc-ReWritable) is a digital optical disc storage format that allows information to be stored outside the mechanical HDD.