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#1 C4Tech

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 06:47 PM

I just purchased couple of WD 2TB drives (WD20EARX).
My question should I install the jumper or not?
Also, when the drive is first seen by WHS, I'm asked if it should be partitioned as MBR or GDP.
Which should I pick?
I'm planning on using the drives in a Raid 1 in a microserver for user backup and shared folders.

....thanks....brian

#2 ikon

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:16 PM

If your using WHSv1 then, yes, jumper. If WHS2011, then no.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:55 PM

I just purchased couple of WD 2TB drives (WD20EARX).
My question should I install the jumper or not?
Also, when the drive is first seen by WHS, I'm asked if it should be partitioned as MBR or GDP.
Which should I pick?
I'm planning on using the drives in a Raid 1 in a microserver for user backup and shared folders.

....thanks....brian


As Ikon says, none required by 2011. You should format as MBR for boot drive.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:07 PM

I just purchased couple of WD 2TB drives (WD20EARX).
My question should I install the jumper or not?
Also, when the drive is first seen by WHS, I'm asked if it should be partitioned as MBR or GDP.
Which should I pick?
I'm planning on using the drives in a Raid 1 in a microserver for user backup and shared folders.

....thanks....brian


Like Ikon & PC Doc said: For WHS 2011 do NOT jumper the EARX or EARS drives.

You can read up on MBR & GPT at Windows & GPT FAQ

I've been using MBR on anything 2TB or less and GPT on anything greater than 2TB

Edited by Joe_Miner, 29 March 2012 - 09:22 PM.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 04:59 AM

Thanks guys!
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:37 AM

One last note, GPT on the boot is a bad idea. Your motherboard needs to support it and you need third party solutions to restore a GPT. Internal backup will not work. My suggestion is to stay away from GPT for the boot drive.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:22 AM

One last note, GPT on the boot is a bad idea. Your motherboard needs to support it and you need third party solutions to restore a GPT. Internal backup will not work. My suggestion is to stay away from GPT for the boot drive.


good catch; forgot about that caveat.

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