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Installing WHS 2011 issues RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I have a Dell Poweredge 2850 running two Xeon 3.2GHZ 64 bit, 2GB Ram, and 3 Ultra320 Scsi (146gb, 36gb, 36gb). I am unable to install because of the 160gb hard drive. Is there a way to pool these hard drives together so I can meet the requirement? The unit also has a built in RAID LSI.

    Thanks!

    Friday, July 29, 2011 5:48 PM

Answers

  • You will probably spend less for the PCI-X card and 1 TB SATA drive than you will for a single U320 300 GB drive. Just make sure you'll be able to boot from the SATA drive.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Marked as answer by Rhrtech Saturday, July 30, 2011 3:01 PM
    Saturday, July 30, 2011 2:23 AM
  • Ken is right, 60GB is required for the C: partition but the system disk needs to be a minimum of 160GB as stated. It's much simpler if you install on a disk that does not require additional drivers so if you can achieve that, that's the way to go.
    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    • Marked as answer by Rhrtech Saturday, July 30, 2011 3:01 PM
    Saturday, July 30, 2011 2:25 AM

All replies

  • I guess you could RAID0 your two 36GB drives and install on that - I would be inclined to buy a reasonably sized disk instead.
    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Friday, July 29, 2011 5:51 PM
  • Thanks for the quick answer!

    I thought about that but WHS 2011 only uses 80gb for the actual install. I will try to pool them together.

    Friday, July 29, 2011 5:55 PM
  • For Windows Home Server 2011, the minimum size for the system disk is 160 GB. Simply striping your 36 GB drives will do you no good.

    Your best bet is to simply buy a large enough disk. Failing that, you may be able to use the built-in RAID HBA to create a JBOD array out of your available drives. For more information on configuring your server, you should consult the product documentation, either what you got with the server, or the documentation available on the Dell web site.


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Proposed as answer by Ken Warren Friday, July 29, 2011 6:20 PM
    Friday, July 29, 2011 6:19 PM
  • So, it looks like I have no choice but to get a 160gb or larger hard drive. I do not have 2 146gb hard drives so I am unable to pool them. I looked into the JBOD but if one drive fails, the whole JBOD fails. Now, what would work best, a 300gb U320 hard drive or a PCI-X SATA card that will allow me to use a 1TB hard drive? I guess I can also get another 146gb and pool both together. Any thoughts/comments would be appreciated.
    Saturday, July 30, 2011 1:35 AM
  • You will probably spend less for the PCI-X card and 1 TB SATA drive than you will for a single U320 300 GB drive. Just make sure you'll be able to boot from the SATA drive.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Marked as answer by Rhrtech Saturday, July 30, 2011 3:01 PM
    Saturday, July 30, 2011 2:23 AM
  • Ken is right, 60GB is required for the C: partition but the system disk needs to be a minimum of 160GB as stated. It's much simpler if you install on a disk that does not require additional drivers so if you can achieve that, that's the way to go.
    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    • Marked as answer by Rhrtech Saturday, July 30, 2011 3:01 PM
    Saturday, July 30, 2011 2:25 AM
  • I decided to buy a 300GB U320 drive. I decided I might as well do it right since I plan on having this system for a while. Thanks for your help!
    Saturday, July 30, 2011 3:01 PM