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Server 2008 R2 / 2TB limit

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Old 5th October 2010, 16:20
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Default Re: Server 2008 R2 / 2TB limit

Yup do give it a shot and let me know if it solves your problem (:

While I do work with some very large arrays, most of the time my boot drives tend to be pretty small while the larger arrays are either DAS or NAS.

So I have not tried installing Server 2008 R2 with a boot drive larger than 2TB yet... but to my knowledge as long as your boot partition is smaller than 2TB Windows should have nothing to complain about.
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Even with creating a small partition as part of the Raid 5, it wouldn't allow me to use it as a boot drive... Pulled one drive out and kept 5 / 500 GB and it works like a champ... I'll live w/o the extra drive as I originally only had 500 GB of USABLE space (was running 2X500 in Raid 1).

Stinks that Microsoft still has this limitation as of Server 2008 R2. I would have thought there would be some way around it, but I am only using the on-board Raid controller vs. a nice Enterprise solution.

Thanks!

Allen
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Old 6th October 2010, 08:39
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Default Re: Server 2008 R2 / 2TB limit

Its a limit of the MBT not windows.

You need to reformat the disk to use a GPT, and there are some catchs to booting off it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS#Limitations

That should give you the info you need to know.

My question is this.... Why do you need a 2TB C drive? This would decrease system proformance over a smaller C drive.

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Old 8th October 2010, 12:20
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Default Re: Server 2008 R2 / 2TB limit

I ended up using a total of 7 drives:

Raid 1: for boot - 2 - 500 GB
Raid 5: Storage - 5 - 500 GB

Boots fast and works like a champ!

Thanks for everyone's input. It really helped.
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