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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 an HP DL 320e that won't get past post. After a recent planned shutdown, it just won't restart. If you push the power button, the system attempts to start and then stops right away and the red health light blinks quite fast.

We read some support articles on HPE's website and attempted some fixes such as swapping out the power supply, the power cables, trying a different power outlet, etc and the power supply doesn't seem to be the issue.

We have another server that is the exactly the same and with the same Raid setup but is performing a non-critical task. The Faulty server has a Raid 1 setup with hard drives in Bay 2 and 3. The working identical server has a Raid 1 setup with hard drives in Bay 1 and 2

My question is can I just swap the hard drives between the two servers since they have the exact same Raid 1 setup and are the exact same server?  I don't think its that easy but wanted to check before attempting my next step of swapping out the motherboard.
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HP ProLiant ML350 Gen9 Raid issue.

4 HP EG0600FCVBK 600GB 10K RPM SAS HDDs.

SPECS:
Windwos 2012 R2 Server
Specs
Issue:
Was hot swapping some drives to determine if bay was issue or one of the SSD's was the issue. Something glitched and there was an HP based BlueScreen that said something about there was a problem and we need to restart, but we are collecting some data first. After reboot the server cannot find bootable device.

The hard drives are detected in the raid. The following screens show the issues when in the HP RAID Controller screens after choosing F11 Boot settings:
RAID Controller Screen 1
RAID Controller Screen 2RAID Controller Screen 3
This last screen is my main question. If I cleick REPAIR. Accept data loss and re-enable logical drives(s) how much data are we talking about losing? Everything or just the last sync fo the RAID drives.
RAID Controller Screen 4
If this option will lose everything then is there a way this raid array/logical drive can be repaired without loss of the boot OS?

Thanks,

ZionPhil
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Hi, trying to replace a failed disk on a Dell Perc S110.  When I try to hit insert to assign the global hot spare as I have done in the past I get the following message/errro.

Not selectable: Disk is in use by a virtual disk

The two hard drives that are still OK are 500 gig Dell drives, I tried a 1 and a 2 T Toshiba, same error.

Thanks all
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Have a SBS2011Server scheduled to be decommissioned by the end of the year. In the meantime looking to free up space on the partition that data is housed on. Current partitions are C:\ operating system; D:\ data and exchange database; and E:\ pagefile.

Because of other factors it makes sense to move the exchange database to the E:\ drive which will free up plenty of space on the D:\ drive where data is located.

Any concerns running the page file on the same partition as the exchange database?
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I need to make a forensic image of each HDD of a group of our employees' desktop computers; I need the same for their smartphones. What equipment and/or software do I need to makes these images without removing the drives?
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How do we disconnect a drive shelf from our Netapp FAS2040 without downtime?
The lease is up so I'm returning the shelf only
NetApp Release 8.1.4 7-Mode
DS2246 shelf connected to a NetApp FAS2040
All disks are sanitized spares
Have read that hot swap is available in release 8.2 but we don’t have SNS
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Hi

Ive got a HP MSA 1050 which has two controllers on the rear which has fibre connections (see image). I want to connect this to my network switch which is a CISCO 3560G Network Switch. What exactly do I need to connect it to the network switch so I can then attach it to my VM Host via the network?

Thanks
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Hi. I have a question regarding a predictive failure on a RAID 1 drive on a Dell Poweredge T620. The specifics are that the T620 hosts 2 server VMs, and has a RAID 1 and RAID 5 array, A drive in RAID 1 indicated a predictive failure, and I'm wondering the viability of adding a new drive (NOT the same model as this server is out of warranty), that is a 600GB drive replacing this failing 300GB drive. Is it possible to plug in the new drive, initilize it via the BIOS, then set it up as a hot spare so that the array rebuilds itself using the new drive? If this is possible, do I have to manually use Dell Openmanage to tell the old drive to turn off (it seems to have options for that), or will it automatically rebuild the array upon detecting the failing drive? Thanks.

The main concern is if using a different drive is possible. Is using a larger one okay? I want to hopefully minimize downtime.
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Hello,

We have a 2012 dell SQL server running a Fusion IO card.

Now that Sandisk bought Fusion-IO what should we buy to replace this server?

Anything faster come out? Does Dell still sell Fusion IO Cards?

This for the Greenway practice management software.

This server is still fast but needs to get FASTER :)

Thanks!
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I want to connect an older sata drive which is 5 3/4 inches long to a new computer via usb. Do I just need a sata to usb connector or do i also need some sort of power supply for the drive
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I want to buy: a 4bay qnap server, but wish to confirm, How can I configure the device as a SCSi storage attached to a Windows Server.

Will this process work for it: https://www.qnap.com/tr-tr/how-to/tutorial/article/how-to-create-and-use-the-iscsi-target-service-on-a-qnap-turbo-nas   ?
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Nimble vs. Tegile storage.  Where would you lean now?  Want to hear opinions.
Smaller scale now.  Less than 100TB space for the data center space.
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Are the power supply to SATA hard drive power cables the same for both the Corsair AX1200i and Thermaltake TGB1200W power supplies?

Is it safe to interchange these power supply cables between the two power supplies?
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Please provide me with some URLs where I can purchase Thermaltake TGB1200W hard drive power cables that connect to the power supply and then plug into SATA hard drives.
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Please provide me with some URLs where I can purchase Corsair AX1200i hard drive power cables that connect to the power supply and then plug into SATA hard drives.
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Hi guys

We have a virtual fileserver, Windows 2012 R2 which has DFS set up on it for future purposes. Once every few weeks, we run into this issue where nobody is able to access the mapped drives. This morning it happened. If I tried to RDP to the server, an error message would pop up instantly as though the server was unavailable.

I had to log onto the actual Vcenter server and restart it. After that, everybody was able to access the mapped drives again.

The server has 4GB of RAM with dual 3.4ghz processors. C drive has 50% free. F drive has 28% free, F drive has 50% free. Both drives have Windows Volume Shadow Copy set up to take snapshots of both drives twice per day.

I've attached the log files of the past 12 hours to see if anybody can see anything? Is it paging file related? Is it falling off the network and it is DNS related? I have no idea, so any help would be awesome.

Thanks for helping
Yashy
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Thanks in advance for your help.

I have an external 3 TB OWC Mercury Elite – AL Pro Hard drive.  That is no longer working properly.  I am trying to recover my data.  Windows file Explorer shows the drive but when I click on it, it looks like it is going to load the contents but is no longer able to.  I then get an error message that reads “G:\  is not accessible.  The parameter is incorrect.”  It has also asked me if I would like to format the hard drive which I always say “no.”  

I ran from the command prompt - chkdsk g: /f /r and it was not able to fix the issue.

I have now tried to use Stellar Phoenix Disk Recovery and the software recognizes the drive.  It shows that the drive has data stored but I cannot see the contents.  I initiate the scan it requires and everything seems to be working normal.  Then after 15 or 20 minutes.  Windows file explorer intervenes and I get a message that says, “USB device not recognized.  The last USB device you connected to this computer malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognized it.”  The scan then messes up and I hear the chime that the drive would make when you are plugging it or unplugging it from the computer.  This chime and message will keep reappearing about every minute or so afterwards.

I have tried connecting hard drive to another computer and all the same things happen.

Things to know:

I am using windows 10 pro on my desktop computer (which is where I always kept external hard drive connected) and windows …
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Windows 7 hard drive full for no reason
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Hi everyone,

I have a Dell  Inspiron 7548 laptop using Windows 10. Every since I purchased it, it has been slow to boot up and this has gotten worse over the last year of having it. It has 12GB of ram, i7 chip so I am not sure why it is so slow to boot up and slow when I restore it when I open it up after sleep. Any help on how to bring it up to speed would be greatly appreciated. I have already defragmented the hard drive and used Malwarebytes to check for spyware.

Thank you,

Derek
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What Windows 10 Pro hard drive RAW recovery tools do you recommend ?

Example
  ** https://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/recover-raw-drive.htm
  ** etc
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Many hosting packages offer either HDD or an SSD hard drive options. Which one is the best when it comes to performance as well as budget?
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Mac user.
User had an old, no longer supported Promise RAID5 that had a drive stop working.
I inserted a replacement, but after 3 days the RAID didn't rebuild.
I pulled the new drive, but even though I was able to see the folders, no files could be accessed.
I called Promise.
Because the RAID was an older model, Promise had no Promise software was able to run on any Mac to do diagnostics.  They told me to find a backup, attach the drive to a Windows Machine, and only use it with Windows.

This is a disappointment.  I had a backup on BackBlaze, but it takes days to recover 2 TB

I need to choose between:
  • Finding an old Mac that will run the old Promise software, reformatting the Pegasus RAID 5, and assuming that the error was a one-show
  • Buying a new Pegasus 2  Thunderbolt - connected unit
  • Buying a CRU RAID one, and connecting it with a Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 connector, or else USB 3

User has a collection of Videos that they want to keep on a RAID.
They do not add videos very often, and may do some simple editing from time to time.

I realize that the RAID 1 would allow them to pull a drive out for safe keeping, and then rebuild the mirror.
I am wondering if CRU unit with USB 3 connected directly to a 3 year old iMac would have the throughput necessary to play Quicktime MOV files

Thanks.
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Hi,

I use backup exec 16 to backup my local network.

I have a site-to-site VPN to MS Azure

in Azure I have a VM running the Veritas Backup Exec CAS Server

in local network I have a VM running the Veritas Backup Exec MMS Server

both the CAS and MMS have a local deduplication disk attached to them.

the MMS runs all backup jobs

each backup job runs to the Dedup disk on the MMS (local network) then DUPLICATES to the Dedup disk on the CAS (off site network in Azure).

what I did not understand until now was the performance issues this set up would cause.

the MMS uses the SQL Database on the CAS as its management database.

all queries it makes therefore go over the WAN

after days if not weeks of calls to Veritas off-shore support (which Is painful beyond words) confirmed this is by design.

this article describes the issue: https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.100034399

a potential solution I have thought of is it replicate the SQL database of the CAS to a SQL database in my local network - and for my MMS to connect to this local database.

I am sure this will not be a supported solution

has anyone had any similar experience?

many thanks

jack
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Hi guys

I'm looking for a way to find out where on our network the bandwidth is throttling or maximising. For example, one of our fileservers has a lot of images on it which our design teams access. This fileserver has got two network cards, but the design teams are only accessing it through one of the network cards.

Unfortunately, that current server is a Windows 2003 server and it is connected via iSCSI to a SAN. The disk speeds are running at 7,200 on the SAN. The network cables are all connected to gigabit switches.

What I want to know is the following:

1. How to find out whether the network card being used is throttling on bandwidth? is there something I can run to find out at what points we are hitting maximum bandwidth etc?

2. How can I optimise it so that I am using both network cards together in some sort of load balancing way? Do you recommend this?

Thank you for helping
Yashy
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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.