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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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We have a dell optiplex 390, shipped in June 2012. So 5 1/2 years old.

In June 2017 the OEM hard drive failed - not spinning at all.
Put in a couple / few year old hard drive that we had lying around.  Restored from backup.
Blew out accumulated dust (which wasn't much)

October 2017 - that hard drive failed. Not spinning at all.
Put in another couple year old hard drive

Used a couple year old digital power tester like this:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q8SUYHW/ref=asc_df_B00Q8SUYHW5223423
and power tested good per this:

https://www.lifewire.com/power-supply-voltage-tolerances-2624583

Within a couple weeks - that 3rd hard drive failed -  put your ear to the drive, you hear it spin up for a couple seconds then silent whenever power is supplied.

Change out the original oem power supply? walk away from this?  thoughts?

the 3 drives were seagate and western digital (not fly by night brand).

yeah all 3 were not new when they died but I checked smart settings with crysttal disk info on the 2 replacement drives before putting them in. I forget the number of hours the app said they had been running.

I;ve taken the failed drives and connected to other power supplies - same thing - no sound or on the 3rd, it spins for a second then shuts down.
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Tried to download the sata driver for the HP8200 Elite SFF mentioned in your Experts Exchange.  The site is gone.  Trying to Dual Boot XP onto a Windows 7 OS.  I need to Slipstream that driver onto my XP install disk to be able to use XP on the 8200.   What sata driver do I use for this machine and where can I obtain a copy.  The 8200 machine I'm working on has Windows 7 Professional installed with your bios v 02.06.  Any help will be appreciated.
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hi experts,

 I have 5 new dell workstations I'm setting up to be exactly the same in configuration. My questions is if I setup one workstation and then clone the hard drives on the other ones, will their be a license issue? they have windows 10 pro , office 2016, quickbooks and some other third party software. thanks.
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I have a Dell Precision T7600 with a H310 RAID Adapter. there are two Virtual Disks. One for the OS (Ubuntu) and another for data. Two months ago I replaced the data volume with four new Western Digital 5TB drives in a RAID 10. Suddenly, this volume is unavailable. When I go into the RAID Controller and look at Physical Disks all disks are present but all four WD disk show as Foreign. Under Virtual Disks, the data volume shows only two of the four disks. One says Ready, the second says Rebuild and the other are Missing.

It seems highly unlikely that two disks failed simultaneously. There haven't been any electrical anomalies and all the fans and temp sensors in diagnostics are normal. I re-seated all of the drives and RAID Controller connections and no change. I tried Importing, which fails.

The data on this volume is really important. What would be the best way to recover this RAID?

Thanks in advance
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Hi,

I bought an Acer 8th Gen core i5 8250u based laptop model A515-51G.

Does the laptop support M.2 SSD in the second SATA slot.

Can I have a configuration where I can install the OS from the SSD SATA slot and also have the 1 TB hard disk that comes with the laptop for storing data.

Does this model support dual SATA configuration?

Does this laptop support booting from the M.2 SSD SATA slot with the default hard disk as the data disk?

What is the size and specs. of the SSD that I can install in the second SATA slot and whether I can make it bootable?

Please reply asap for this question.

Thanks for your support.

Warm Regards,
Sriram.
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Hello,

We have a Dell PowerEdge T710 and there are a total of 8 x 450 GB (15k) SAS.  There are 2 Raid partitions:

- 2 hard Drives = Raid-1
- 6 hard drives = Raid-10

Someone else setup this server and I am not sure which hard drives are set for which raid partition.  I do not want to assume that hard Drive Slots '0' - '1' are set for Raid-1.  How can I verify?  Please see the attached picture.

Replace - 1
I know how big each partition is and I can see what is installed on each partition so I want to know which partition is in jeopardy.  My questions are:

1.  How can I find out which partition the bad hard drive is assigned to, the Raid-1 or the Raid-10?

2.  How can I replace the bad hard drive with a replacement hard drive without loosing the data?
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My process when a user leaves this company is to pull the original drive off their computer and store in a safe. Well that was the good old days. Now our computers come with M.2 SSD drives. If I pull this drive odd and replace what can I use if I need to read the data on it later besides plugging it back into it's motherboard? any recommendations are appreciated
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hello! Thanks in advance for anyone out there able to help.

I have several hard drives, and would like to segregate folders AND files alphabetically based on the folder name. the way I've set up the disks as follows:

disk0 - A-R = files need to be located in d:\files\folder-A-R
disk1 - S-Z = files need to be locate in z:\folderS-Z

I would like the batch file to determine based on the folder name which drive to move to, and move to the appropriate path.
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My acer aspire laptop died and I need to extract files from the drive. the part number is rbu - sns8152s3/256gf... has a ngff interface (whatever that is). Is there a cable or some type of adapter (usb, sata, etc) I can buy on Amazon so I can connect to another laptop and retrieve my data? Thank you.
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Can someone help me understand smart values?

I use crystaldiskinfo (are there better ones that are free?  Better ones that run all the time?)

I just go with the color at the top of the page because I don't understand the values.

If you look at their page:

https://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/manual-en/SmartInfo.html

current  - that's what it is on this hard drive now, right?
worst - worst value for that drive?

Threshold - higher than that is a problem? And higher, not lower since it's counting numbers of bad things - the more bad things the worse it is?

So if you look at that page above, it should be failing on most all the values?

Read error rate is 253 and threshold is 51?  And worse is 100, lower than the current rate of 253?  error rate of 1 sounds not as bad as error rate of 1000, right?  Errors / read?  Am I backwards?

thanks!
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Have an HP proliant server with 2 Hot swap mirrored drives split into two fixed partitions..one for OS and one for data. Running Windows Server 2008 Essentials. The OS partition is only 80gb and is overflowing with files i cannot relocate off the C drive.. (mostly in that WinSXS folder which i've been warned to stay away from).  So i need to expand that OS partition somehow or move it to a new drive with more space.. the question is.. whats the best way to do this, and what are the potential pitfalls of moving a server os partition around ???  The data drive has spare room but i dont know if i can adjust partition sizes between the two.. If so what software would i need for that ??
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I had a healthy 2012 server with 8 (RAID 5/software RAID) sata hard drives and two raid 1 c hard drives with the Operating system on the C rive/raid 1critical data no back ups. The server crashed and had to rebuild the server. Problem is when I finished building the server and tried to import the drives instead of coming up 8 of 8 drives they come in two sections. One is 4 of 4 disks and the other is 4 of 4 disk. In each of the times I attempted to import it sees the total size but says  and  I am paraphrasing "data incomplete and will be destroyed if ok is selected. I dread importing the data 4 disk at a time because it would destroy the data. Anyway to get the disk computer management to display 8 of 8 and help save all my data.
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Dell R710 - 4 disks in a RAID5
Disk in Slot 3 - Predicted Fail - status light blinking green to amber, back to green to amber..
NO IDRAC in this server
Host OS - XenServer 6.2
VMs - 1 Virtual Machine running on XenServer

Using MegaCli ran the following command to force the drive offline
./MegaCli -PDOffline -PhysDrv [32:3] -a0
(returned that drive was offline)

Verified drive was offline by running
./MegaCli -PDInfo -PhysDrv [32:3] -a0

*** NOTICE LINE BELOW THAT SAYS Firmware state: Offline ***
Enclosure Device ID: 32
Slot Number: 3
Drive's position: DiskGroup: 0, Span: 1, Arm: 1
Enclosure position: N/A
Device Id: 3
WWN:
Sequence Number: 3
Media Error Count: 21
Other Error Count: 0
Predictive Failure Count: 34
Last Predictive Failure Event Seq Number: 17284
PD Type: SAS

Raw Size: 279.396 GB [0x22ecb25c Sectors]
Non Coerced Size: 278.896 GB [0x22dcb25c Sectors]
Coerced Size: 278.875 GB [0x22dc0000 Sectors]
Sector Size:  0
Firmware state: Offline
Device Firmware Level: 0008
Shield Counter: 0
Successful diagnostics completion on :  N/A
SAS Address(0): 0x5000c50048669fa9
SAS Address(1): 0x0
Connected Port Number: 3(path0)
Inquiry Data: SEAGATE ST3300657SS     00086SJ3FV95
FDE Capable: Not Capable
FDE Enable: Disable
Secured: Unsecured
Locked: Unlocked
Needs EKM Attention: No
Foreign State: None
Device Speed: Unknown
Link Speed: Unknown
Media Type: Hard Disk Device
Drive Temperature :36C (96.80 F)
PI Eligibility:  No
Drive is …
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I have  a several year old WD my book Live that is having problems - I can't connect to it  (it's a nas / ethernet device)

It's out of warranty. I took it apart and ran crystal disk info on the hard drive. it's failing / got smart errors.

It seems I can't just put in a new hard drive, huh?  The unit's OS is on the hard drive, right?

So with a failed hard drive, is there any relatively simple way to get it going again with a new hard drive?
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I get the feeling that I don't understand hard drive test results very well.  Or, maybe I do!!
It seems that all of my fellow experts suggest using the manufacturer's own test.  So, OK, I've done that.
I'm using the WD Data LifeGuard Diagnostics here.
The first result says that the WD hard drive gets a "PASS" with a big green checkmark!
Here it is, just to confirm:
SMART Status is PASSThe second result, the Threshold for Raw Read Error Rate is 51 and the Maximum is 200.
That sure sounds like the Threshold has been exceeded.
Also the Warranty flag value is "1" here whereas the others are "0".
The Threshold for Reallocated Sector Count is 140 and the Maximum is 200.
That sure sounds like the Threshold has been exceeded.
Also the Warranty flag value is "1" here whereas the others are "0".
SMART Data
So, is this a problem, as it appears, or not?
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Heard hdd regenerator is good, trying to look for more alternatives
Thanks
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Hi

There is a problem with my hdd. I am trying to copy the files from it now.
I can't attach it directly with SATA as sometimes the hdd will become very slow (i.e 100kb/s) and my windows 10 will become halted.
I am currently copying it over usb cable.
The speed is average at 4 MB/s, but sometimes it will dropped to 100kb - 300kb (it can last for several mins to 15 mins, but it still running). The speed will pick up again ( 4MB /s) whenever I turn off and turn it on back.

Can I know what's the problem with the hard disk?
I will request for RMA after I copied all the files.
Thanks



Data Lifeguard Diagnosis tool to check, this is the result I received "Test Result: FAIL" "06 Quick test on drive 2 didn not complete! Status code = 07 (Failed read test element), Failure Checkpoint = 102 (unknown test) Smart self-test did not complete on drive 2.
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It has never happened before. I copied the whole folder from my laptop to my USB to bring it with me to a print shop. At the first print shop everything on my USB drive suddenly were shortcuts only, that could not be opened (when clicking on any of them, the System32 in Command Prompt was opened)!

The same story when I went to the next print shop.

What happened? On my laptop, there are only regular files and these yellow folder icons, no shortcut icons like on the USB drive.

I have Windows 7 64-bit. I've been to the same print shop about 2 months ago using the same type of folders on exactly the same USB drive without problems!

Is it anyone else who have done this?
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I'm using a Neoseries T24 (Flexstor II) autoloader with two drives. I have tapes (11 of them) in a pool labeled 'Full'.

When I run two jobs, both for the 'Full' pool, they will wait in sequence so they can both use the same drive (0) instead of one running on drive 0 and one running on drive 1.

Is it possible to have any tape from the Full pool an available drive in the autoloader so that two jobs can be run simultaneously?

Do two SD daemons need to be running?

** bareos-sd.d/server-sd.conf**

storage {
  Name = server-sd
  Maximum Concurrent Jobs = 20
  # Plugin Directory = /usr/lib/bareos/plugins
  # Plugin Names = ""
}
** bareos-sd.d/autochanger/autochanger-0.conf **

Autochanger {
  Name = "FlexStor_II"
  Changer Device = /dev/tape/by-id/scsi-1BDT_FlexStor_II_xxxxxxxxxxx_LL0
  Device = ULTRIUM-HH7-0
  Device = ULTRIUM-HH7-1
  Changer Command = "/usr/lib/bareos/scripts/mtx-changer %c %o %S %a %d"
}
** less bareos-sd.d/device/ULTRIUM-HH7-0.conf **

Device {
    Name = "ULTRIUM-HH7-0"
    DeviceType = tape
    DriveIndex = 0
    ArchiveDevice = /dev/tape/by-id/scsi-xxxxxxxxxxxxxx001-nst
    MediaType = LTO-7
    AutoChanger = yes                       # default: no
    AutomaticMount = yes                    # default: no
    MaximumFileSize = 500GB                  # default: 1000000000 (1GB)
    AlwaysOpen = yes
    Autoselect = yes
    RemovableMedia = yes
}
** bareos-sd.d/device/ULTRIUM-HH7-1.conf **

Device {
    Name = …
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Never had this problem before.  Guess I should have bought a bigger Mac.
My Adobe photo library is outgrown my 1 TB SSD storage on my MacBook Pro.   I am going to move the libraries to a 5TB USB drive linked to the Adobe Applications for processing.  Obviously, off the shelf USB drives are not the professional drives that are in the Apple's notebooks.   So, to avoid losing years of photo processing I will need to back up the USB drive to Cloud Storage.  Could you suggest a cloud backup system and backup software?

I do use Time machine to backup my MacBooks SSD alternately  to two 2 TB USB drives.  Doubtful if they both would fail at the same time.

Thanks,
Howie
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Hi

Refer below for a screenshot of my SSD speed test result.
The SDD I am using is
http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Intel-330-Series-120GB/Rating/1933

My motherboard
https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/790GXG65.html

Using Windows 10 Pro

2017-09-27_141357.png
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We have an new LSI mega raid 9341-8i. This card comes with 2x internal ports. 8643 SAS ports. We need to connect 24 Drives to the card. However we are connecting theses drives through a backplane.

The card says it can connect up to 32 drives in a RAID configuration. How can we connect more than 2 banks of drives using this card. Can we use a SAS Expander and how do we go about doing that?

Thanks,
Robert
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I asked a very similar question last year but now, there are some added twists, so it's time to hit up you experts for advice.

I have 6 computers in use in my home. I also have 9 portable hard drives (to be sure: the ones that look like cell phones, not the "box on the desk" kind) . Some of these are in and of themselves backups of certain folders full of data and programs on one or more of the computers, really requiring weekly backups for data that changes often

I'm asking you for your suggestions and help for a relatively simple plan that will allow me to back up all this stuff as needed on both a local "big" drive (1 or 2 TB)  dedicated for a backup AND a cloud backup.  If you need more info from me , ask away. I realize that this question may have a fair amount of levels and details to bring the whole picture into focus.

Have at it...and thanks!
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Hello Friends,

i have Buffalo TeraStation 7000 device. configured 3 of 12 disks Arrays each 4 disk drives

Arry 1 and 2 are RAID5 = copying speed over network is and within drives is 10-12 Mbps Only.
Arry 3 is configured as RAID0 but speed is same 10Mbps

copying speed on other network devices reaches up to 200Mbps but very slow on this even within the gigabit NIC

could you please help.
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Hi

Currently I am using this motherboard which has 5 sata port.
https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/790GXG65.html

What's the best way to get extra sata port?
a) buy sata and power multiplier cable?
b) buy pci card that give extra sata port
c) buy esata to sata converter? (my mother has one unuse esata port)

Thx
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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.