Windows 2003R2 STD Edition partition larger than 2TB

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by jimyjo, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. jimyjo

    jimyjo Guest

    I have installed Microsoft Windows server 2003R2 Std Edition on an HP DL180
    G5 server with an 8 port SAS array controller.I created a RAID-5 array
    consisting of 8x750GB sata drives.Created a 40GB partition for my OS and the
    rest left for data storage.OS installed fine, but i have a problem with the
    rest capacity of my array.I can see a 2TB partition which i can create using
    Disk management and a 2.7TB partition which i cant create a partition on it.
    I know that i have to use GPT but i have few questions about that.
    Its not an Itanium system so a GPT partition cant be bootable.
    My question is:
    1)Do i have to use a single drive to install my OS and then create an array
    with the remaining HDDs which will be a GPT or is there an other way perhaps
    making more arrays with a capacity less than 2TB by loosing GB from my max

    Any other suggestion on how to make this work is welcome

    Thank you in advance
    jimyjo, Dec 2, 2008
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  2. You need to re-examine your whole approach.

    The most traditional (and most logical) approach would be to use two
    physical drives in a RAID1 (Mirror) for the OS & Boot. It can easily be less
    than 100gig, 30, 50, 60, whatever. It just depends on what/where the
    Apps get loaded,...they don't usually *have* to be installed on "C:".

    Then use the remaining large drives in an Array using RAID5. To get the
    most effiecient use of drive space use a single logical drive for the RAID5
    Array. After that you can partition it however you want from within
    Window's Disk Management MMC.

    Each Array (the RAID1 and RAID5) can be configured to each have a Hot Spare
    but that requires another physical drive for each and eats up more Bays in
    the server housing.

    Phillip Windell

    The views expressed, are my own and not those of my employer, or Microsoft,
    or anyone else associated with me, including my cats.
    Phillip Windell, Dec 2, 2008
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  3. jimyjo

    jimyjo Guest

    Thanks for your answer. Was very helpfull...

    jimyjo, Dec 5, 2008
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