WHS11 HDD Planning and Install RRS feed

  • Question

  • Finally getting around to replacing my original WHS.

    Using a ASRock Z77 Extreme system board w 16GB DDR3 RAM
    - 2 x SATA3 supports RAID 0-1-5-10 using Intel Z77
    - 2 x SATA3 supports RAID 0-1-5-10 using ASMedia ASM1061
    - 4 x SATA2 supports RAID 0-1-5-10 using Intel Rapid Storage

    - Plextor DVD R/W SATA2
    - 4 x SATA3 3TB HDD 64mb Cache, 7200 RPM
    - 2 x SATA2 2TB HDD 64mb Cache, 5900 RPM
    - 2 x SATA2 2TB HDD 32mb Cache, 5900 RPM

    I currently need about 5TB of storage. I'm looking at using the StableBit Drive Pool add-on.

    1? I heard the WHS11 does not have a backup for the server and clients - is this true? If so, solution?
    2? Recommendations for using/not using RAID vs. Drive Pool?
    3? Suggestions for which drive to use as the "Boot" drive?
    4? I have 16GB RAM, should I upgrade to 32GB?
    5? Those paying attention will see 9 SATA devices and only 8 SATA ports. I plan to disconnect a HDD and use the DVD for just installation and then add the HDD later. Will this work?

    Thank you!

    Monday, December 10, 2012 1:31 AM

All replies

  • 1. It will back up both Clients and itself. Server backups are to an external drive but are limited to 2TB.

    2. Personally I use neither so would rather not comment.

    3. Doesn't really matter - what's not used by the install will be allocated to storage.

    4. WHS 2011 will only use 8GB

    5. Shouldn't be a problem.

    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    Monday, December 10, 2012 2:43 AM
  • Thank you Phil.

    Still looking for ideas/opinions regarding #2. - I'm thinking the 4 x 3TB for Pool and the 4 x 2TB for backups (+ whats left from the boot drive).

    I've noticed that WHS11 can only use 2TB (60/1940) of a 3TB drive. I suppose that using a 2TB would be prudent. I'm concerned with the Boot partition filling up with a large WinSearch file (it happened with WHS).
    6? Is there a way to increase the boot partition?

    Only 8GB! Holy 640k batman! :D

    de Oppresso Liber

    Monday, December 10, 2012 3:25 AM