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    Looking for advice on building a cluster.

    I have two servers that are completely full. Continuing to fill up individual servers seems like it will be problematic going forward so I want to consolidate my data into one pool as well as allow for plenty of room for future storage. My setup so far is FreeNAS running on separate servers so...
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    Seagate demonstrates 64TB NVMe SSD/Micron announces 9200 Series of NVMe SSDs

    Seagate demonstrates 64TB NVMe SSD with 13GB/s maximum throughput. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Micron announces 9200 Series of NVMe high-end enterprise...
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    Intel X299 motherboard thread

    It's the principle of the matter. If I am spending $400+ on a new motherboard, I want the latest and greatest and I don't feel that I should have sacrifice a PCIe slot and spend even more money on a 10Gbe NIC because the manufacturer was too lazy or cheap to include it in the place. I don't...
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    What is the highest speed I can get out of a raid array?

    My Norco has OmniOS amd my other servers have FreeNAS. File transfers get done faster.
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    Intel X299 motherboard thread

    What a shame... So many of these high-end mobo's still only have gigabit nics on them... It's infuriating that they are still putting obsolete tech in new expensive enthusiast hardware. I have only noticed two of these boards have 10Gbe nics which really limits my choices.
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    10gbe home network.

    Don't care. I am planning for the future and with modern hardware and the falling prices on 40gbe switches, even if I don't get the full 5GB/s speeds on every machine I still think it will be worth it. So to confirm what that site I linked to was saying. I can get a 40Gbe QSFP+ switch and use...
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    10gbe home network.

    My goal is to get a 40Gbe switch and a 40Gbe card for my main PC and storage server, for the others, I would get the Mellanox Connect X-2 cards and still be able to use them with my 40Gbe switch.
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    10gbe home network.

    I was doing some more research and I found this. http://www.cables-solutions.com/how-to-convert-a-qsfp-plus-port-to-a-sfp-plus-port.html
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    10gbe home network.

    So If I buy the Mellanox Connect X-2 cards, how to I use them with a QSFP+ port?
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    What is the highest speed I can get out of a raid array?

    I am looking at 10Gbe switches and I am wondering if I can get 40Gbe speeds from an array of mechanical disks. All my servers hold 36 drives or more and if I can get a sustained speed of 200MB/s out of one drive than I should be able to get 7.2GB/s or 57.6Gb/s out of 36 drives. Is my...
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    10gbe home network.

    So are these the kinds of switches I need and is there a newer version of the Mellanox Connect X-2 that is supported by newer OS's and are there other 10Gbe cards out there that you would recommend and do you know where I can get low profile brackets for a decent price?
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    10gbe home network.

    Can you link to a tutorial?
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    10gbe home network.

    That is truly funny, thanks for that. It sounds like you are taking about link aggregation or network bridging?
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    10gbe home network.

    So are these the kinds of switches I need? Arista DCS-7050S-64-F 48-Port 1/10GbE SFP+ 4 x 40GbE QSFP+ Gigabit Switch Force 10 Networks S2410-01-10GE-24CP S2410 10GbE/40GbE 20x CX4 4x XFP Switch HP ProCurve J9265A E6600-24XG Managed Layer 3 Switch 24 10 GbE SFP+ Ports Blade RackSwitch G8124 24...
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    10gbe home network.

    The problem is definitely FreeNAS and not a hardware or network issue. I used OMV to copy files to my server and I got sustained transfer speeds of 110-115MB/s.
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    10gbe home network.

    My primary PC has a Realtek and an Intel nic. I use the Intel nic. My primary storage is mechanical hard drives, Toshiba mostly, which are pretty fast. I can easily get 200MB/s+ transferring from one drive but transferring from an array should much faster. Why you gotta harsh my mellow :p...
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    10gbe home network.

    My current PC is running Win7. Has Intel i7 CPU and NIC. everything is less than 3 years old, built when the GTX 980Ti came out. I can transfer file between my primary PC and... at... An old PC originally designed for Vista now with Win7 - 150-200MB/s My Norco RPC-4224 with a Supermicro...
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    10gbe home network.

    Nice! $100 on B&H, Nextwarehouse and Superbiiz. So this looks like it uses standard ethernet cables. All the other 10Gbe stuff uses twinax cables like what bman was taking about. Hmm... What kind of a switch would I need if I got these cards?
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    10gbe home network.

    So would it be better to go with a Infiniband or Fiber Channel setup? I just want to be able to move data between my computers at a speed of at least 1GB/s (Gigabyte) and not the 30MB/s it is now. What would your recommendations be to achieve this?
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    Do SAN/DAS boxes support higher capacity drives?

    Do all the SAN/DAS disk arrays support 6+ TB drives or do they only take the drive capacity listed on the trays which is usually less than 1TB? Does anyone know if the Sun Storage J4400 arrays take 6TB or larger drives? How fast are these arrays?
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    10gbe home network.

    No, just a switch. This is just a local network for moving files back and forth fast. All of my computers will be near each other and only one will be kind of far-ish away, 100ft or so.
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    10gbe home network.

    I want to build a 10gbe home network. 10gbe cards and switches are inexpensive. I wanted to go for 40gbe but am I right to assume that an individual PC's or server isn't capable of those speeds anyway? So do I just put a card like this in each system and connect them to a 10gbe switch and that's...
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    Any way to verify IT mode on controlled card?

    I have some Dell PERC H310's that were supposed to be crossflashed to LSI P20 IT mode. Is there any way for me to verify this?
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    Help flashing a Dell H310 card.

    Mind providing or pointing me to any instructions?
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    Help flashing a Dell H310 card.

    Ok so I managed instal freedos and everything seemed to run fine but when I entered megacli.exe -AdpAllInfo -aAll -page 20, it just made some blank lines and didn't do anything. I even let it sit a while and still nothing. This is starting to really frustrate me. image
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    Help flashing a Dell H310 card.

    I am stuck at the first step on this guide. Whenever I enter the commmd "megacli.exe -AdpAllInfo -aAll -page 20", I get these errors. DOS/32A waring (9004): mouse initialization failed DOS/32A waring (9001): no extended memory has been allocated DOS/32A fatal (4003): not enough extended memory...
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    What is a good inexspensive replacement for my HBA's?

    So I got my 15 Dell H310's today. Do I really need to flash these cards? It seems like such a hassle and quite frankly, I am too lazy to flash 15 cards. Is there some way to tell if it has already been flashed to IT mode? I put one of these in my server and started up FreeNAS and sure enough, 8...
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    What is a good inexspensive replacement for my HBA's?

    I am hoping someone can give me some feedback as to why the IBM BR10i, LSI 3081E-R and LSI 8888ELP are so cheap. They are more in my price range. I can spend more to get the Dell H310's if I need to but I prefer cards that are in the $10-20 range. I certainly can NOT have a card that has a 2TB...
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    What is a good inexspensive replacement for my HBA's?

    So I went through that extensive list of LSI cards and these are the cards that meet all my criteria. 1, they are widely available in the US. 2, they are affordable. 3, They are low profile 8 port cards. 4, The ports are on the back of the card and not near the bracket. Dell PERC H310 ---...
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    Sata connector broke off my drive :( Please HELP!

    As Spartacus just reiterated, I had a local computer repair shop solder a SATA cable onto the exposed pins and then hotglue it into place for extra strength. I was able to copy my data to a spare drive and there doesn't seem to be any data corruption. Thanks for all the help guys.
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    Sata connector broke off my drive :( Please HELP!

    OK So I had a local computer shop solder a SATA cable onto the SATA pins of the drive. It all seems to work just fine. Windows sees the drive, I can access it and I am not getting any errors. Windows did want to run check disk on it but I canceled that. Now I am readyto copy the files over to...
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    Sata connector broke off my drive :( Please HELP!

    I thought about trying the glue option but my biggest worry is corrupt and unusable files due to a poor connection so I am going to take it to my local TV repair place. And believe me, I understand the importance of backups, it's just that my backup servers are currently a work in progress.
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    Strange thing happens with my motherboard.

    Ok, I didn't know there was a third power connector. It is pointing down not out and so there is no room to plug in a cable anyways.
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    Sata connector broke off my drive :( Please HELP!

    I some how pulled the SATA connector off of one of my drives. The pins are intact but a little bent. Please tell me I can save my data.
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    Strange thing happens with my motherboard.

    All of the power connectors on my motherboard are plugged in.
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    Strange thing happens with my motherboard.

    Whenever I install a RAID controller or HBA in my PC, I get this weird message at boot and am unable to start my PC unless I remove it. I have tried installing an AMCC 9650SE-4/8LPML and a Supermicro AOC-SASLP-MV8 with the same results. My motherboard is an ASSuck Z97 Extreme 6/3.1. Is there...
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    What is the point of a NAS?

    What is the point of eating? No, seriously, I'm just going to turn it into poop anyways. I just don't get it.
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    What is a good inexspensive replacement for my HBA's?

    They are Marvell based and Marvell controllers are low grade. Marvell chipsets are finicky, have poor performance, are unreliable etc and not well supported outside of Windows and Linux. FreeNAS for example doesn't support them.
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    What is a good inexspensive replacement for my HBA's?

    I have 3 servers with Supermicro AOC-SASLP-MV8 HBA's in them and I am told they are shit and that I should replace them. I was looking at the Supermicro AOC-USASLP-L8i but those seem pretty old and not many of them are widely available. Is there a newer LSI 8 port controller that is inexpensive...
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