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Can I format the rest of the system disk as a standard partition after excluding it from the storage pool? RRS feed

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  • Hi,

     

    I am aware that we can exclude the rest of the system disk from the storage pool, which I have done. However I now have ~215GB doing nothing.

    I don't see any point in giving the OS drive any more (through playing with the cfg.ini file) as that won't speed anything up, but I would like to format the rest of the disk for use as a spare "temp" drive on the server, so I can configure utorrent and other programs to save to this area (which would allow for larger downloads and not risk filling up the OS drive) and then move completed downloads into the server storage drives (like what was done on WHSv1, as the drive extender tech does not like utorrent and downloading-like apps allocating space for downloads and gradually filling it... it randomly crashes the server).

    At the moment that area of the drive has been removed from the storage space and it has balanced, but the partition still exists. If I mount a drive letter to it, it's a 32MB read only blank partition... No clues there. Can I format this partition?

    It's understandable that the aim is to make everything accessible via the connector software, but some things need to at least be configured from the windows desktop, so having 3/4 of a drive doing nothing is a little wasteful.

    Another prime example of a needed desktop is when installing, if it can't find network drivers, it just stops and you make do with the device manager window. At no point during the install are you prompted for anything else, like chipset drivers or so on. You need to do this at some point, so that involves RDP at least.

    For a default OEM install disk with no pre-customization done, I think there should be a manual configuration step where the server tells you to check all devices are working properly in device manager before continuing, inserting any discs and so on, "consult your admin for more info" or whatever. It's functionality, please don't ignore it.

     

    Thanks,

    Paul

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010 9:43 PM

Answers

  • If you would rather, you can extend the system partition onto the rest of the disk. Or you can format it as a standard partition if you like, yes.

    As for desktop use, it will likely remain technically "unsupported", as will anything that you can only do via the desktop. Windows Home Server is designed to be "headless", so by design everything you should need to do for day to day administration of your server should be available in the dashboard. That's not to say that there aren't things that one might want to use the desktop for anyway, but please understand that making it pretty, or making sure that some bit of functionality is available there, is going to take a distant second place to making sure that the dashboard, launchpad, shares, etc. are all solid.


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:19 AM
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  • If you would rather, you can extend the system partition onto the rest of the disk. Or you can format it as a standard partition if you like, yes.

    As for desktop use, it will likely remain technically "unsupported", as will anything that you can only do via the desktop. Windows Home Server is designed to be "headless", so by design everything you should need to do for day to day administration of your server should be available in the dashboard. That's not to say that there aren't things that one might want to use the desktop for anyway, but please understand that making it pretty, or making sure that some bit of functionality is available there, is going to take a distant second place to making sure that the dashboard, launchpad, shares, etc. are all solid.


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:19 AM
    Moderator
  • Excellent, thankyou for the advice :)

    Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:22 AM