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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 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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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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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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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 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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I own a qnap 451 4 bay system with first 3 drives populated  (2gb,3gb,3gb). The two 3gb drivers are in a basic pool and the 2gb primary drive is a jbod. I want to replace the primary drive with a 6tb drive. Is it best to put in a 6tb drive in bay 4 and have it copy some way,  or is the another way?  

What is the best way to do this without losing my config?
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I just purchased a used Dell PS4000E SAN and have logged into the device and reset the grpadmin password.

I'm currently connected to the Dell PS4000E SAN with a serial to USB console cable (using HyperTerminal for Windows 10) and logged on with the grpadmin account.

Please provide me with step-by-step instructions on how I can reset this device back to its factory default settings and set it up for use within a Server 2016 and VMware environment.
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Looking for a enclosure for an SSD NVMe PCIe HD 256GB hard drive. It is a CX2 NVMe Series that comes in Dells. I need to get the data off of the drive.
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Is this USB to RS232 adapter below fully compatible for connecting my Windows 10 laptop to log onto a Dell EqualLogic PS4000E SAN?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0769DVQM1/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I have a secondary hard-drive from a computer where the primary HDD crashed. I slave the secondary HDD to another computer, I can see it in disk management as a healthy partition, but it will not auto-assign a drive letter. I tried to manually assign a drive letter in disk management and it is greyed out (all options are greyed out).

Both PC's Windows 10 (1803) x64
Drive in question Toshiba 2TB

Thanks in advance.
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What is the process to reset the password for the grpadmin account password on a Dell PS4000E SAN when the password for the grpadmin account isn't known?

We have already tried the default password of grpadmin and this hasn't worked.

Is there any process for resetting the grpadmin account password back to the default password of grpadmin or setting it to something else when we don't have any of the logon account passwords for this device?
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Hello,

I am currently  working in an environment that has not been recently updated.

The site has a P2000 SAN, an ESXi server, and a physical server (that could not be virtualized).

The Esxi server is connected to the SAN through iSCSi. The virtual machines  work well (performance has not been an issue)

The physical server is running out of hard drive space.

Does anyone know if it is possible to leverage the existing SAN and connect the physical server to it and access the storage? All the storage has been made available to the ESXi server for which there are 6 LUNs defined. One of the LUN # 6 is practically empty. Can this LUN be used by the ESXi server as well as the physcal server?

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Mark
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We have an HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 server with 5 hard drives (see pictures of array and drives) that recently reported a bad drive (flashing on server itself and reported on system as such)
We replaced that drive and thought all is well as the event viewer warnings went away. A few days later I see event id 7, source disk, type error "The device, \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad block" but the array does not report any drive issues. How do I figure out which drive it is since the Harddisk0\DR0 basically references the entire c: and d: drive on the system when I look at it through storage manager. I also see event id 24606, source cissesrv, type error

Logical drive 1 of array controller P420i [Embedded] returned a fatal error during a read/write request from/to the volume.  
 Logical block address 66027424, block count 32 and command 32 were taken from the failed logical I/O request.  
 Array controller P420i [Embedded] is also reporting that the last physical drive to report a fatal error condition (associated with this logical request), is located  in bay 4 of box 2 connected to port 1I.

the previous drive with issues was reported as
 Array controller P420i [Embedded] is also reporting that the last physical drive to report a fatal error condition (associated with this logical request), is located  in bay 1 of box 2 connected to port 1I.

So does that mean we have another drive with issues, but it has just not failed or started flashing yet?arrayphysicalview.jpgarraylogicalview.jpg
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I have 4 hot swap drive bays (connected to SATA ports on motherboard) installed in my PC.  I am looking for help on how to assign a permanent drive letter to each SATA port that are being used such that no matter what hard drive or sequence that I plug them in, a given bay / port will maintain the same drive letter.  I have used the Windows feature of assigning a permanent drive letter when drives are inserted, but that only links a particular hard drive to that letter, and not the SATA port.  So if I insert disk 1, and assign letter F, then no matter what slot I insert into that drive will be F.  Instead, I want a particular slot to be assigned a permanent letter( i.e. SATA1 is always F, SATA2 is G, etc).  Is there a way to do this in WIndows 7 settings or possibly some third party application that can be installed to manage this?  Thanks
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What 2 TB hard drives are on the Hardware Compatability List (HCL) for a Dell PS4000E Storage Area Network (SAN)?
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What are the largest capacity hard drives that a Dell EqualLogic PS4000 16 SAN device can accept?
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What are some best alternate for Carbonite back-up?
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I have a Dell 5590 Laptop that the motherboard died.  There are some files on the M.2 SSD that i need to get access to.  I have an adapter card that I can install into a desktop PC, and then insert the SSD HDD. My question is, is it as simple as working with a standard SATA drive?  i.e. plug in the SSD, power up the PC and grab the data off?  Will the drive be read by the Windows OS?  

Thanks!
Tom
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Hi experts,
i have a tier 1 support, wiped out a lenovo laptop and re-install windows 10 on top. but now, the user cannot find some of her emails. my coworker manually moved the archives to an external hard drive and added those archived files back but still missing some...
i did a recovery on the laptop and found some lost files but still, she said some missing.
is there any other way to un-do or find the missing emails?
thank you.
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I have a WD MY BOOK ESSENTIAL EDITION S/N WCANU1915597  external hard drive it not reading when I plug it in my computer I using windows 7 what could be wrong  I also plug it in all the other ports it does the same thing doesn't work. Tell me what to do thank you frank
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I have a san that has 5 nodes. Currently 2 of the 5 nodes are down.  Node 3 is up and running but  HP StoreVirtual shows stats see alarms and the alarm is ‘CIM Server’ server = ‘Down’ .  Node 4 I can connect with a console and it shows Node4 when I try to log on it says wait a min the server is not fully started. (2 hours  I have let it sit)
 I need to get node 3 up and running so the users can work..
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Hi guys

I am currently looking into providing a solution for my Photography studio teams and the retouchers who work with them. We have Adobe Creative Suite running on most of the machines here. The photographers churn out photos onto our fileservers constantly and it eats up the space. The fileservers are all saving files on our SAN. These photographs then get worked on by our retouching teams which then go from what they were in size to multiplying because of all of their layers etc.

They all are running on High Sierra. They are saving files on a Windows 2003 server and a Windows 2012 server. The bandwidth we have at our head office is a dedicated 200MB link with the capability to increase.

Based on the fact that we have Adobe Creative Suite, is there a way of having a centralised location which these guys can work on in the cloud? If not, then is Adobe Lightroom a suitable option?

The only thing I'm wondering is whether working on local servers will always be far quicker than any cloud based systems due to the fact that transfers are all gigabit on the LAN and that the cloud cant match that at the moment?

Any help would be great as I am looking into implementing a decent solution.

Thanks for helping
Yashy
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i have here an HP probook 450 G3 running windows 10 64 bit
it has 6 GB ram, and an ssd 256 GB
the weird things that happen are as follows :
1- when i boot up -the laptop boots very slow:
       the bios screen (hit ESC for entering bios) disappears after about 40 sec, then it continues to boot, and eventually tells me "there is a problem…"and needs to restart; this takes        about 15-20 minutes then it reboots slowly (say 10 minutes to login screen.

2- the weird thing is - when i boot it up into the bios (even without a change) it boots up in less tha a minute (normal)
so there is apparently nothing hardware - or software wrong with it ? !
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things tried : since it had update 1803 installed, i updated chipset video, audio IRST...and BIOS  - no improvement
i went into the bios, looking for a "wrong" setting - but it is such a complex bios i'm not sure
document on it here :  http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05166986
mbam turned up nothing but 1 pup

the   only errors i saw are from event viewer id 10016
err
       (a lot)
and when updating the bios file, i get this warning
bi
even though in this page, this laptop is not affected   http://www8.hp.com/us/en/intelmanageabilityissue.html


should i configure AMT as suggested in this page :  https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2004127-hp-computers-and-intel-amt-me-firmware-update

thoughts please?
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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.