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Apr
7
comment Is it possible to power a SATA drive from an 8-pin PCIe power connector?
As far as I can tell, the HDDs and ODDs use entirely separate SATA controllers (the connectors are labelled specifically on the mobo). The BIOS only offers me the option to enable/disable specific drives (all HDDs/ODDs are enabled at the moment). Another minor detail: I misremembered about the Intel RAID menu - it no longer appears at boot-time when the SATA mode is set to AHCI in the BIOS, which is what I'd expect.
Apr
6
comment Is it possible to power a SATA drive from an 8-pin PCIe power connector?
No. The BIOS SATA mode was originally set to RAID, but as I said, I changed it to AHCI. There is also an Intel RST RAID configuration menu that appears at boot-time, but again, all of my drives are configured as non-RAID devices.
Apr
6
comment Is it possible to power a SATA drive from an 8-pin PCIe power connector?
It might potentially be some weird motherboard/BIOS issue. I've set the SATA mode to AHCI, and naively assumed that anything supporting AHCI would probably also support SATA hotswapping. Now I'm not so sure. Dell don't seem to provide any information about this (I've asked on their Community forums as well, but no responses so far). I also can't rule out whether the problem is OS-related.
Apr
6
comment Is it possible to power a SATA drive from an 8-pin PCIe power connector?
Yes. Unfortunately the cables were not long enough to be able to share power between one 3.5" and one 2.5" drive, so I'm currently running both 3.5" drives from a single y-cable, and both 2.5" drives from the other. It's not an ideal state of affairs, but based on my calculations the single power cable should be able to provide just enough current to run both of them (I've also run some SMART tests on the 3.5" drives, and I'm not seeing any errors).
Apr
6
comment Is it possible to power a SATA drive from an 8-pin PCIe power connector?
Thanks Louis, the y-adaptors are, at the very least, a partial solution for my problem. With the y-adaptors I am currently able to read/write to HDDs in both of the hot-swap bays provided that the disks were present at boot-time, and I am also able to unmount and remove them using this tool. However, I have not been able to get the OS to detect a new disk if when it is inserted after booting. I suspect this may be a Windows issue rather than a hardware issue, so I'm marking your answer as accepted.
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asked Is it possible to power a SATA drive from an 8-pin PCIe power connector?
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comment Use UUID in udev rules and mount usb drive on /media/$UUID
One crucial point that took me a while to figure out: in order to match against environment variables, your rule must be applied after those variables are set up. To achieve this, your .rules file name needs to begin with a number > 60.
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14
accepted CIFS mount issue over IPsec VPN
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answered CIFS mount issue over IPsec VPN
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comment CIFS mount issue over IPsec VPN
I'm giving you the bounty since your answer has been the most helpful, even though it hasn't quite solved my problem
Jun
15
comment CIFS mount issue over IPsec VPN
I just tried connecting with OpenConnect, still no luck (although I can connect over the VPN to a remote share on a different server on the same network). Perhaps there is some additional configuration flag that I need to pass to openconnect or vpnc? I've tried experimenting with --target-network=<CIDR>, but that didn't help.
Jun
15
comment CIFS mount issue over IPsec VPN
Thanks, that definitely helped my understanding of the problem! Unfortunately, as I mentioned to leepfrog, I'm not able to make any changes on the server side (it's a departmental server that I have no admin rights to). On the other hand, my Windows/Mac colleagues who use the proprietary Cisco AnyConnect VPN client rather than vpnc have no problem connecting to the share - any ideas why they can and I can't?