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  • Question

  • So I have an EX485 and one of the drives failed.  No Big deal, but then I wanted to replace the drive and thus where I ran into issues.

    Obviously, the issue that I have is the inability to purchase non-Advanced Format Drives.

    So, in reading

    http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php/topic/11681-wd-green-2tb-drives-should-we-use-wd-align/

    I am getting conflicting information on how to do this and whether or not this is possible with the HP EX485.  Some are indicating the align utility works where other indicate that you should not use this with WHS. 

    So, I need to figure out a way to get back to a setup where I have redundancy.

    1. Can I buy non-Advanced Drives?

    2. Does the Align Utility work WHS?

    3. Can I upgrade my ex485 to Home Server 2011?

    4. Is adding External Drives my only Option?

    5. Should I just start from scratch with a new machine?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    Andrew Karcher - SQL Server MVP http://www.andrewkarcher.com

    Saturday, June 16, 2012 12:20 PM

All replies

  • I would recommend finding drives that allow you to use a jumper to force alignment, rather than using the align utility.

    As for your questions:

    1. Probably someone, somewhere, still has non-advanced format drives in stock. I don't know who that would be.
    2. Yes, but it's an "after the fact" alignment. I prefer to use a jumper.
    3. It's neither supported nor recommended. Even if you upgrade your EX-485, it still will barely meet the minimal specs for Windows Home Server 2011.
    4. No, you can use internal drives if you align them somehow.
    5. I would consider this; if you choose to go this route I would consider Windows Home Server 2011.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:11 AM
    Moderator