Common question..can't find a good answer - Adding 3Tb to WHS pp3 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm building a new server, and when I add any of my many 3Tb drives, they show up at ~750 Gb.

    Researching the web, it seems that I'd need Intel's RTS update..but I don't think this applies.

    I've set up BIOS to use IDE instead of RAID or AHCI...

    I don't have any data, so I have to problem resetting it to one or the others, but MY undestanding what that I don't need RAID with Windows Home server...I thought WHS achieved the same goal as RAID...

    The main GOAL here is, I'm running WHS 2003 and I want to use 3Tb hard drives...I have these in my other server, but can't figure out why they're not working in my current config.

    Anyone who can point me in the right direction, it would be greatly appreciated.


    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AMD 760

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1045T Processor

    8GB memory

    Windows Home Server 2003

    I have 4 x Western Digital 3Tb hard drives (WD30EZRXZ)

    I'm sure it has something to do with my chipset/lack of RAID set up...but again, I thought with WHS, I didn't need a RAID configuration...

    Sunday, February 24, 2013 1:29 AM

All replies

  • If you want the full capacity of your 3TB drives, Windows Home Server V1 is a poor choice. It will not use the full capacity even if your BIOS supports the drives. Better would be Windows Home Server 2011 (which will let you use the full capacity, though it will break large disks up into multiple partitions), or Windows Server 2012 Essentials. But you will have to solve your current BIOS issue first.

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

    Sunday, February 24, 2013 3:01 PM
  • I upgraded to WHS '11...

    but not a day goes by that I don't hate it. 

    As has been brought up countless times...the lack of drive extender (or just one storage space in general)...is just horrible.

    it is Windows *HOME* server, right?   Not windows corporate server? 

    Not sure how many typical home users spend a lot of their time engineering network drive pools.  Microsoft needs to keep the targeted user in mind.  Someone who just wants a central space to store their pictures, music, documents, etc.  And have it backed up.  Rather than spending hours deciding how to divvy up their drive space as best to fit their needs...

    but I digress.

    In any case, I upgraded to WHS '11...and it see's the 3Tb drives now.  But from what I understand, it STILL doesn't handle backups of drives greater than 2Tb.

    So another reason I feel I've wasted $100.

    But I DO appreciate your response.

    Monday, March 18, 2013 9:45 PM
  • Using the inbuilt backup you are limited to 2TB total for server backup due to the VHD technology used. Why did you pay $100 - if you are in the US, it's only $50!

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

    Monday, March 18, 2013 11:10 PM