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  • Xserve RAID Slowing Down

  • Scott Thomas

    July 6, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Our promotion department has an XServe RAID that was working well with a 2007 MacPro 8-core system.

    This year they purchased a new Early 2009 MacPro and moved the Xserve to it. I’m now trying to figure out for them why the RAID speed is suddenly decreased. The system will capture SD and HD at ProRes datarates, but uncompressed 8 bit fails.

    I’ve tried these things so far:

    * Tried different copper cables.
    * Switched in fiber optic in place of copper
    * Tried a different Fibre Channel HBA
    * Switched the HBA and RAID from automatic to 2Gb/s Point-to-Point (the top speed of the XServe RAID)
    * Made sure Host Cache Flushing is off
    * Reset the controllers in the XServe RAID

    No matter what, AJA’s Kona system test gives me a write speed of around 200MB/s and read of around 170MB/s.

    The RAID Admin does not report any drive problems, but I’m currently doing a reconditioning of the RAID to remap bad sectors. (I don’t trust “SMART” reports from hard drives)

    Any ideas? Anything I’m missing?

  • Bill Dewald

    July 7, 2009 at 12:39 am

    How full is it?

  • Scott Thomas

    July 7, 2009 at 1:08 am

    I’ve thought about that.
    It’s only about half full. I wasn’t expecting that to cause a problem until around 80 or 90%. Do you think the 50% range could be a problem?

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