Remove a Hard Drive stuck? [update: it's just slow] RRS feed

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  • I already removed the failed drive physically to make it show up as missing in the console, then asked the console to remove the drive. It's been stuck at around 95% complete for the last three hours. It's a 500GB drive. The CPU is at about 10%. Is this normal? The files it contained were a mix of duplicated and non-duplicated files.

    The following old thread says:


    It finished after about five hours. It was just taking its time.


    Apparently WHS does not know how to handle removal of non-existent disks. I think you should file a bug report on WHS connect site.
    To remove:
    Please note, incorrect editing of the registry may mess up your system. 
    1. login to WHS console (directly or rdp)
    2. start, run, type regedit, hit enter
    3. browse to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Home Server\Storage Manager\Disks
    4. now find the right disk by looking at the contents of each of the key listed (also check the attributes key)
    5. copy or write down the name of the registry key referring to that disk (systemname), something like 18e8d02c-0000-0000-0000-000000000000
    4. delete the key referring to the missing disk
    6. browse to key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Home Server\Storage Manager\Volumes
    7. look for volume keys containing the systemname of the disk you want to remove (step 5), and delete all instances containing this key
    8. close registry editor and reboot


    It finished after about 5 hours. It was just taking its time.

    • Changed type shawn2010 Tuesday, February 23, 2010 12:47 AM finished
    Monday, February 22, 2010 11:31 PM

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  • You are right it does take some time to remove a drive.  As a rule of thumb you should allow around 1 hour per 100GB when using high performance drives internally or on eSATA - this drops down to 7-8 hours for USB drives per 100GB.

    Tuesday, February 23, 2010 4:18 PM