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  • DE is Drive Extender, which allowed you to easily add additional drives to extend a storage pool which WHS automatically managed - it's not available in WHS 2011. WHS 2011 supports 2TB disks (as does WHS1) but you have to manage your storage space manually.

    I assume it's a hardware limitation that does not support 2TB drives? The system you propose will be fine for WHS2011 and its successor. Read here for more info on WHS 2011:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff357696


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

    • Marked as answer by part_deux Sunday, May 13, 2012 12:28 AM
    Sunday, May 13, 2012 12:10 AM

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  • Why do you think WHS2011 without DE will help your situation? Your hardware specification is way over the top for a WHS build!

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

    Saturday, May 12, 2012 10:31 PM
  • you'll have to help me, what's a DE?

    I'm out of space, and my existing unit will not take a 2T drive.  Bios refuses to update, even if that would solve the problem, and I can not add any more SATA cards to the board, no more slots.  Only option is USB drives.

    I spec'd out a system that will hopefully run for a decade without doing anything more than adding more drives.

    Saturday, May 12, 2012 11:15 PM
  • DE is Drive Extender, which allowed you to easily add additional drives to extend a storage pool which WHS automatically managed - it's not available in WHS 2011. WHS 2011 supports 2TB disks (as does WHS1) but you have to manage your storage space manually.

    I assume it's a hardware limitation that does not support 2TB drives? The system you propose will be fine for WHS2011 and its successor. Read here for more info on WHS 2011:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff357696


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

    • Marked as answer by part_deux Sunday, May 13, 2012 12:28 AM
    Sunday, May 13, 2012 12:10 AM
  • Phil,

    In reference to "...will be fine for WHS2011 and its successor."

    What can you reveal about "its successor?"


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    BullDawg
    In God We Trust
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    <Phil Harrison> wrote in message news:709fc3f1-dc12-4d9f-a9d3-c32c24aa79c0@communitybridge.codeplex.com...
    : DE is Drive Extender, which allowed you to easily add additional drives to extend a storage pool which WHS automatically managed - it's not available in WHS 2011. WHS 2011 supports 2TB disks (as does WHS1) but you have to manage your storage space manually.
    :
    : I assume it's a hardware limitation that does not support 2TB drives? The system you propose will be fine for WHS2011 and its successor. Read here for more info on WHS 2011:
    :
    : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff357696
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    :
    :
    : -- : Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    :


    BullDawg
    Sunday, May 13, 2012 12:21 AM
  • yep, the MB and/or SATA cards do not support the 2T drives, and seeing how I'm out of slots to add cards, kinda in a tough spot.  I don't know if I could add a USB 2T drive and get it to work with my existing housing or a new housing.  Even going with a 1T USB drive seems kinda silly, I'm going to run out of space again.
    Sunday, May 13, 2012 12:28 AM
  • What can you reveal about "its successor?"

    If he knows anything at all about a successor, he knows more than me. (Which I think unlikely.) So the answer would be "nothing substantive".

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    Sunday, May 13, 2012 5:09 AM
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  • Have you considered purchasing a SATA card that does support 2TB?  I use one with a Silicon Image 3124 chipset that has 4 SATA ports and another 3124 that has 2 SATA ports and 2 eSATA ports.  Each port also supports port multiplier, so I have a couple or 4 bay external enclosures ( http://www.amazon.com/ProBox-Drive-Enclosure-3-5-inch-drive/dp/B002UUPWP6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1336889341&sr=8-2 ) connected to the eSATA ports on the second card.  The cards I have are PCI, so they should fit your old motherboard.  The cards can be found at
    http://www.amazon.com/Syba-SATA-RAID-Controller-SY-PCI40010/dp/B002R0DZZ8/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1336889651&sr=1-2 for the 4 port and http://www.amazon.com/SD-PCXSA2-2E2R-INTERNAL-softRAID-SILICON-SIL3124/dp/B007WLRH0G/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1336889651&sr=1-4 for the 2+2.  Both cards are RAID but I reflashed both cards to the non-raid BIOS and then used the latest Silicon Image Satalink driver.  See this link for more info http://www.siliconimage.com/support/faq.aspx#q3

    Please note that I have used Amazon links, but the cards are available from most vendors.  Use the one of your choice.  They are available at Microcenter, but at higher prices.


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    BullDawg
    In God We Trust
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    <part_deux> wrote in message news:0b727a98-a2f2-4dc4-8a7f-52508a31bad7@communitybridge.codeplex.com...
    : yep, the MB and/or SATA cards do not support the 2T drives, and seeing how I'm out of slots to add cards, kinda in a tough spot. I don't know if I could add a USB 2T drive and get it to work with my existing housing or a new housing. Even going with a 1T USB drive seems kinda silly, I'm going to run out of space again.
    :


    BullDawg
    Sunday, May 13, 2012 6:31 AM
  • Phil,

    In reference to "...will be fine for WHS2011 and its successor."

    What can you reveal about "its successor?"


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    BullDawg
    In God We Trust

    Absolutely nothing! Just the original poster mentioned keeping it running for a decade - thought I would be correct in saying there was likely to be a successor in that period.


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

    Sunday, May 13, 2012 8:25 AM
  • I assume both of you knew I was on a "fishing expedition?"  :)


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    BullDawg
    In God We Trust
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    <Phil Harrison> wrote in message news:218f8af4-ac41-47c7-b4ce-3121d971e9c8@communitybridge.codeplex.com...
    :> Phil,
    : >
    : > In reference to "...will be fine for WHS2011 and its successor."
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    : > What can you reveal about "its successor?"
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    : > -- : > ____________
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    : > BullDawg
    : > In God We Trust
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    : Absolutely nothing! Just the original poster mentioned keeping it running for a decade - thought I would be correct in saying there was likely to be a successor in that period.
    :
    :
    :
    : -- : Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    :


    BullDawg
    Sunday, May 13, 2012 9:03 AM
  • Bulldawg,

    I've boxed myself into a corner with all the PCI slots taken up.  Also, the MB apparently won't accept the 2T drive, and it refuses a bios update.  Now, I may be able to force the bios update, but I may trash the board at the same time.  System is stable and operational, but with no easy way out. 

    I'm not one to needlessly spend money, but think it's time :(

    Funny story about fishing exhibitions.  I work in automotive, and automotive journalists are masters at fishing exhibitions.  I was provided some information about 2:00 in the afternoon, that the board of directors at the OEM heard and decided around 11am.  It was absolutely considered high level need to know secret info...  At 4:30 I was at my kids track meet, when a magazine senior editor came up to me looking for confirmation on the info.  I was dumbfounded that it had leaked out that quickly.  This wasn't even a fishing exhibition, he knew.  Of course I had to play dumb, but there was no way I could hide the shock on my face.

    Monday, May 14, 2012 2:01 AM