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  • I have an EX475 w 2GB RAM and 2x 500GB WD HDD running WHS Power Pack 3.  After attempting to install 2x2.5TB WD hard drives into the two empty bays, I get an indication that the drives are being read at just under 300GB each.  HP says the advanced formatting these drives have is not supported.  Does WHS 2011 resolve this issue?  Is my EX 475 capable of running the WHS 2011 software? 

    • Moved by Ken Warren Tuesday, January 10, 2012 6:53 PM vail question (From:Windows Home Server Hardware and Installation)
    • Edited by headwater Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:27 AM
    Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:50 PM

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  • Windows Home Server 2011 does support advanced format drives, yes. and it will, in theory, run on your hardware. It's near the minimum specs, though, so you won't get great performance. And installing it on a headless device is not for the faint of heart. All of which leads me to suggest that it may be time to upgrade to a custom built server if you want to use WHS 2011.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Marked as answer by headwater Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:25 AM
    Tuesday, January 10, 2012 6:51 PM

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  • I have an EX475 w 2GB RAM and 2x 500GB WD HDD running WHS Power Pack 3. After attempting to install 2x2.5TB WD hard drives into the two empty bays, I get an indication that the drives are being read at just under 300GB each. HP says the advanced formatting these drives have is not supported.  I see WHS 2011 resolves this issue.  Is my EX 475 capable of running the WHS 2011 software?


    • Edited by headwater Tuesday, January 10, 2012 4:02 PM
    • Merged by Ken Warren Tuesday, January 10, 2012 6:54 PM merge multiple threads on same topic.
    Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:57 PM
  • Windows Home Server 2011 does support advanced format drives, yes. and it will, in theory, run on your hardware. It's near the minimum specs, though, so you won't get great performance. And installing it on a headless device is not for the faint of heart. All of which leads me to suggest that it may be time to upgrade to a custom built server if you want to use WHS 2011.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Marked as answer by headwater Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:25 AM
    Tuesday, January 10, 2012 6:51 PM
  • Thnx.  I'll try loading onto the EX475, if it doesn't perform, I make the investment to something more robust...  I did the upgrade from Power Pack 1 to 3 without incident, cross your fingers.
    • Edited by headwater Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:29 AM
    Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:18 AM
  • Hi Headwater,

    I am running the OEM version of WHS 2011 with an Intel e2160 cpu (1.8 GHz Pentium Dual Core) with 2GB of RAM and performance is acceptable. I would not suggest using it for any heavy media transcoding, but for normal backup / recovery and file sharing duties it is just fine.

    TB

    Thursday, January 12, 2012 3:51 PM