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  • Is Microsoft planning on fixing the install issue for WD drives or just planning to tell people to just deal with it and use another drive.  This seems like a very poor software development answer on their behalf?
    Sunday, September 12, 2010 6:18 PM

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  • The problems you are alluding to affect WHSv1 not Vail. Vail does not have an issue with advanced format drives.

    As posted earlier, according to this article (KB2385637 = "Information regarding Windows Home Server and advanced format hard disks") VAIL does support Advanced Format disks.

    Dave

    • Edited by frogz1 Sunday, September 12, 2010 8:49 PM Add KB Link
    Sunday, September 12, 2010 8:45 PM
  • WD EARS drives (4K sector) work with WHSv1 in the storage pool if you use the jumper pin (can do the software thing, a jumper is much easier)

    WD EARS drives work with VAIL, no jumper or software fix needed.

    Otherwise, what's the issue?

     

     

    Sunday, September 12, 2010 11:37 PM
  • As the release notes say, there is a known issue with using a Western Digital Advanced Format drive as the system drive. To me, "Known issue" implies that it may be corrected in some future build, but I don't speak for Microsoft.

    In the meantime, don't use one as your system disk.


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Monday, September 13, 2010 3:00 AM
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  • I tried a WD advance format drive with the first release of Vail. The drive is a 1 TB and it was used for both the OS and data. I put the jumper on the drive to emulate legacy format. However, I was getting every so often error message that my drive had errors. I run a chkdsk and every time it did not find any errors or data loss. After a while, I got tired of these error message and I put a Seagate 1 TB instead. No problem since then. I am now using that WD drive to do occasional server backup using e-SATA and no problem with that.

    Monday, September 13, 2010 9:01 PM
  • I tried a WD advance format drive with the first release of Vail. .... I put the jumper on the drive to emulate legacy format.

    I wonder what would happen if the jumper was not installed.  Vail is suppose to support the 4K sector out of the box without needing the legacy format, if I understand correctly.
    Monday, September 13, 2010 11:15 PM
  • working1, please read the release notes. There's a known issue with using an advanced format drive as the system drive. So don't do it.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 1:55 AM
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  • My bad.  Thanks Ken for steering the blind (me) in the right direction again.  But, back to the OP's original question: this is OK for beta, but, is there a plan to address this for the final cut?
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 2:15 AM
  • As I said, "known issue" implies that fixing it is in the plan, because it's not a minor issue. Only WD is shipping these drives today, but that will change at some point, and probably pretty soon.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 2:20 AM
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  • I tried a WD advance format drive with the first release of Vail. The drive is a 1 TB and it was used for both the OS and data. I put the jumper on the drive to emulate legacy format. However, I was getting every so often error message that my drive had errors. I run a chkdsk and every time it did not find any errors or data loss. After a while, I got tired of these error message and I put a Seagate 1 TB instead. No problem since then. I am now using that WD drive to do occasional server backup using e-SATA and no problem with that.

    On a side note, I have one WDC WD15 EARS-00Z5B1 1.5 TB drive in the pool, jumpered to legacy format on WHS v1.
    Works fine.

    On Vail, haven't tried, as it is running on "left over bits and pieces"...


    One WHS v1 machine in the basement with a mixed setup of harddrives in and outside the storage pool. And now, next to it, a Vail Refresh brother for beta duties.
    Wednesday, September 15, 2010 9:05 PM