[NVME-CLI] NVMe Format Issues - HGST Drives

Zeta Syanthis Zeta_Syanthis at Jabil.com
Mon Oct 24 16:02:48 PDT 2016

Recently, when running an nvme-format against some HGST NVMe drives, I saw some odd errors crop up in syslog that all looked like this. I've seen it on a few systems now and have become a little more concerned.  I've seen references to this around the mailing list, but am a bit confused. Is this a kernel bug, or is it likely to be a hardware issue?

Oct 14 09:45:45 localhost kernel: nvme 0000:05:00.0: I/O 1 QID 0 timeout, reset controller

For reference, I'm running Centos 7.2 with the 4.4.1 elrepo kernel and nvme-cli 0.8.  I'm running these two commands in sequence:

nvme format -s 1 /dev/nvme0n1
nvme format  /dev/nvme0n1

Thank you,

Zeta Mercy Syanthis
Software Test Engineer

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