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Any way to reduce the amount of data on the boot disk? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I had 3x 500GB drives in my server, with a bit under 1TB of data stored.  One of the 500GB data drives went bad, so I removed it from the pool, which left the other data drive at 99% and the system drive at 87% capacity.  I went and purchased 2x western digital 1TB "green" drives to add as new data drives, which went fine.  I then removed the other 500GB data drive from the pool to migrate that drive's data over to the new drives in the pool; the drive is older and I just didn't want to risk losing data off of it.

    So now I am left with this scenario: the system drive is still at 87% capacity, and the two new drives are at 38% each.  I'm not sure if I fully trust the system drive, since it's the same age, make, and model as the drive that went bad, so I want to migrate as much of the data off of that drive and onto the new drives (I also intend to add a couple more 1TB drives in the next month or two).  However, I don't see a way to do this.  Is there a way to tell WHS to rebalance the storage pool manually, or is there a way to tell WHS to use the system drive for data storage only if the other two drives are nearing capacity?  I really just want to make sure I don't lose that data...if I do lose the boot drive, I'm OK with having to reinstall the OS, but losing data isn't an option.

    Thanks,

    Pete
    Sunday, March 1, 2009 3:18 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    There is this Drive Utility which can be used to move and balance files on your drives. However, while this works fine, it is unsupported and it's use is really only a solution to a cosmetic problem. As mentioned, this is how WHS works.

    Colin

    If anyone answers your query successfully, please mark it as 'Helpful', to guide other users.
    • Proposed as answer by S_M_E Sunday, March 1, 2009 10:32 PM
    • Marked as answer by Lara JonesModerator Thursday, March 12, 2009 6:06 PM
    Sunday, March 1, 2009 6:19 PM
    Moderator
  • Pete Ruckelshaus said:

    I had 3x 500GB drives in my server, with a bit under 1TB of data stored.  One of the 500GB data drives went bad, so I removed it from the pool, which left the other data drive at 99% and the system drive at 87% capacity.  I went and purchased 2x western digital 1TB "green" drives to add as new data drives, which went fine.  I then removed the other 500GB data drive from the pool to migrate that drive's data over to the new drives in the pool; the drive is older and I just didn't want to risk losing data off of it.

    So now I am left with this scenario: the system drive is still at 87% capacity, and the two new drives are at 38% each.  I'm not sure if I fully trust the system drive, since it's the same age, make, and model as the drive that went bad, so I want to migrate as much of the data off of that drive and onto the new drives (I also intend to add a couple more 1TB drives in the next month or two).  However, I don't see a way to do this.  Is there a way to tell WHS to rebalance the storage pool manually

    No.

    Pete Ruckelshaus said:

    or is there a way to tell WHS to use the system drive for data storage only if the other two drives are nearing capacity?

    That's how it works now.  However, WHS will not move data unless absolutely necessary (which is why the data is still on that drive).  Any data added to the server from now on will go the secondary drives first. 

    Pete Ruckelshaus said:

    I really just want to make sure I don't lose that data

    If you are that concerned about losing the data on that drive, you should enable Folder Duplication on your shares.

    Pete Ruckelshaus said:

    if I do lose the boot drive, I'm OK with having to reinstall the OS, but losing data isn't an option.

    Thanks,

    Pete


    Sunday, March 1, 2009 3:26 PM
    Moderator

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  • Pete Ruckelshaus said:

    I had 3x 500GB drives in my server, with a bit under 1TB of data stored.  One of the 500GB data drives went bad, so I removed it from the pool, which left the other data drive at 99% and the system drive at 87% capacity.  I went and purchased 2x western digital 1TB "green" drives to add as new data drives, which went fine.  I then removed the other 500GB data drive from the pool to migrate that drive's data over to the new drives in the pool; the drive is older and I just didn't want to risk losing data off of it.

    So now I am left with this scenario: the system drive is still at 87% capacity, and the two new drives are at 38% each.  I'm not sure if I fully trust the system drive, since it's the same age, make, and model as the drive that went bad, so I want to migrate as much of the data off of that drive and onto the new drives (I also intend to add a couple more 1TB drives in the next month or two).  However, I don't see a way to do this.  Is there a way to tell WHS to rebalance the storage pool manually

    No.

    Pete Ruckelshaus said:

    or is there a way to tell WHS to use the system drive for data storage only if the other two drives are nearing capacity?

    That's how it works now.  However, WHS will not move data unless absolutely necessary (which is why the data is still on that drive).  Any data added to the server from now on will go the secondary drives first. 

    Pete Ruckelshaus said:

    I really just want to make sure I don't lose that data

    If you are that concerned about losing the data on that drive, you should enable Folder Duplication on your shares.

    Pete Ruckelshaus said:

    if I do lose the boot drive, I'm OK with having to reinstall the OS, but losing data isn't an option.

    Thanks,

    Pete


    Sunday, March 1, 2009 3:26 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    There is this Drive Utility which can be used to move and balance files on your drives. However, while this works fine, it is unsupported and it's use is really only a solution to a cosmetic problem. As mentioned, this is how WHS works.

    Colin

    If anyone answers your query successfully, please mark it as 'Helpful', to guide other users.
    • Proposed as answer by S_M_E Sunday, March 1, 2009 10:32 PM
    • Marked as answer by Lara JonesModerator Thursday, March 12, 2009 6:06 PM
    Sunday, March 1, 2009 6:19 PM
    Moderator