Hard Drive Initialisation for storage pool failed RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi folks,
    What are the common causes of hard drives failing to add to the shared storage pool?
    Just got back an RMA'd WD500AAKS and WHS persistantly fails to add it, without giving any explanation, just that "The wizard was unable to create a volume on the hard drive.

    I've run WD Diagnostics on the new drive, and it's fine. I've tried formatting it outside of whs, and Olaf's suggestion   http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/whsfaq/thread/4bd53fe3-2beb-432d-9d7b-52a50c607f8f

    Any other ideas on why this might happen, or what can be done about it?

    HP ML510
    Xeon 3065
    1GB DDR2-6400

    1*Hitachi 250GB (System)
    2*WD 500GB GP (AACS)
    +1 WD5000AAKS to be added

    Saturday, November 15, 2008 1:00 AM


  • Hi,
    did you try the diskpart procedure also from within Windows Home Server desktop?
    If yes, add two commands here after cleaning on the selected disk:
    create volume simple
    format fs=ntfs
    (slow formatting to check, if the disk has issues)
    Doing this in your server would help to eliminate issues with the WHS hardware (cable, SATA port etc).
    Try also a different SATA port in the server (if it is a SATA disk), since sometimes ports are only working in RAID mode according to the mainboard manuals and check the jumper settings on the harddrive and the controller settings in the Bios.

    Best greetings from Germany
    Saturday, November 15, 2008 10:23 AM