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  • Hi again,
      I have a WHS server with 2 x 75Gb disks mounted in the machine itself.  I do NOT want to use those disks for any of the "file storage/sharing" capabilities in WHS... but there doesn't seem to be a way to control this?  I only want to use my Drobo (attached via USB) 4Tb volume to share as my music, video, photo, etc ...

    How do I do that?!
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 8:41 PM

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  • There are two problems with your plan. First, as you've learned you don't have a lot of control of how Windows Home Server uses disks you give it to include in the storage pool. So you can't dictate the contents of any given disk.

    Second, your Drobo is, I assume, formatted as a single 4 TB volume? When you add this to the storage pool, Windows Home Server will format it as a basic disk, and you will have a single 2 TB partition with no way to access the rest of the storage.

    I would suggest you break the array on your Drobo so that Windows Home Server can have the individual drives to manage.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 8:46 PM
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  • There are two problems with your plan. First, as you've learned you don't have a lot of control of how Windows Home Server uses disks you give it to include in the storage pool. So you can't dictate the contents of any given disk.

    Second, your Drobo is, I assume, formatted as a single 4 TB volume? When you add this to the storage pool, Windows Home Server will format it as a basic disk, and you will have a single 2 TB partition with no way to access the rest of the storage.

    I would suggest you break the array on your Drobo so that Windows Home Server can have the individual drives to manage.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 8:46 PM
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  • Ken - that's no good.  I have it as a single 16Tb volume, and I really like the fact that the Drobo device takes care of the behind-the-scenes disk management for me... not that I don't trust Microsoft to do disk-managment properly...ahem, it's just what I paid for that device for!

    So what you're saying is that there is no way to do that, huh?
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 8:48 PM
  • There is no way to get all 4 TB (you wrote 16, but I assume that's a typo) into the storage pool as a single volume, no. You would have to convert to a GPT disk and extend the partition onto the remaining disk space after converting the disk to dynamic, and that would cause problems. Do a search in the forums here for GPT, and one for dynamic disk...
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 9:05 PM
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  • No, I formatted the Drobo as a 16Tb volume (in case of future expansion, I hate multi-volume disks)...  I guess I'll manually share by hand... but that totally sucks.  WHS needs to be a little more flexible in my humble opinion.
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 9:14 PM
  • Ken - that's no good.  I have it as a single 16Tb volume, and I really like the fact that the Drobo device takes care of the behind-the-scenes disk management for me... not that I don't trust Microsoft to do disk-managment properly...ahem, it's just what I paid for that device for!


    well I would less trust a black box, which does all management, until something unexpected fails.
    Now it depends from the configuration the system has - with simple striping data goes away if one disk fails in that box.
    This does not happen immediatly with RAID, but what, if the electronics fails, or a second disk etc?
    It's definitively not that easy (if possible at all without a specialist) to read/recover the data from the disks as it is for Windows Home Server - this depends heavily from the selected configuration.
    You do not want this box to be a single point of failure for your important data.

    Also if you could connect it to the WHS physically and would be able to manage it (which is not possible with the normal WHS tools), the USB port would become a heavy bottleneck for this amount of data.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 11:17 PM
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  • Windows Home Server is perfectly capable of dealing with the disks individually, and you will probably never know from the outside that it's got multiple physical disks behind it. A Drobo is a rich man's SAN, and much harder for someone without a clue, IT-wise, to manage...
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Wednesday, December 30, 2009 2:15 AM
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