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Disk Management Add-In: How do I determine which drive is which for wireframe? RRS feed

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  • I love the Disk Management Add-in. This should be standard for WHS. Either way, I would like to build a wireframe model of my machine. Problem is, how do I know which drive is which? Only thing I can think of is powering down, unplugging each drive one by one and documenting which one it is. Is there an easier way?
    Friday, July 31, 2009 3:58 AM

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  • Hi Mark,

    Unless someone else has taken the time to build a wireframe for your specific machine (probably not, sounds like you've got a home built server), you've got three ways of figuring out which drive is which:

    1) Check the serial numbers returned by Disk Management against the disks in the case (right-click the disk, choose Details)
    2) Check the documentation for your disk controller against the SCSI paths returned by Disk Management (right-click the disk, choose Details), i.e. which port on the motherboard/controller corresponds to which SCSI path
    3) Shut down the server, pull a disk, boot up, and see which disk is "Missing" in Disk Management (not the cleanest method in the world, and not one I'd recommend)

    The safest method is to build the wireframe as you add disks one at a time, when you first build the server, but that's probably not much help to you now :)

    Tentacle Blog: http://www.tentaclesoftware.com/blog/
    WHS Disk Management: http://www.tentaclesoftware.com/WHSDiskManagement/
    • Marked as answer by MarkBx Saturday, August 1, 2009 2:35 AM
    Friday, July 31, 2009 4:39 AM
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  • Hi Mark,

    Unless someone else has taken the time to build a wireframe for your specific machine (probably not, sounds like you've got a home built server), you've got three ways of figuring out which drive is which:

    1) Check the serial numbers returned by Disk Management against the disks in the case (right-click the disk, choose Details)
    2) Check the documentation for your disk controller against the SCSI paths returned by Disk Management (right-click the disk, choose Details), i.e. which port on the motherboard/controller corresponds to which SCSI path
    3) Shut down the server, pull a disk, boot up, and see which disk is "Missing" in Disk Management (not the cleanest method in the world, and not one I'd recommend)

    The safest method is to build the wireframe as you add disks one at a time, when you first build the server, but that's probably not much help to you now :)

    Tentacle Blog: http://www.tentaclesoftware.com/blog/
    WHS Disk Management: http://www.tentaclesoftware.com/WHSDiskManagement/
    • Marked as answer by MarkBx Saturday, August 1, 2009 2:35 AM
    Friday, July 31, 2009 4:39 AM
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  • Thanks, good ideas. I'll have to mess with it a bit.
    Saturday, August 1, 2009 2:35 AM
  • If you have specific questions, feel free to ping me at http://www.tentaclesoftware.com/blog/contact.aspx
    Tentacle Blog: http://www.tentaclesoftware.com/blog/
    WHS Disk Management: http://www.tentaclesoftware.com/WHSDiskManagement/
    Saturday, August 1, 2009 2:36 AM
    Moderator