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Windows Server install questions regarding RAID and partitions


Jadonr
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I have some questions about installing Windows Server on my Gen8 MicroServer. Bear with me as this has been quite a learning experience.

 

I have an 128GB SSD drive that I connected to the SATA port. I also have 4 x 2TB drives connected to the b120i SAS that have not yet been configured as an array since it was recommended that I first install the OS before I do that. When I booted from the USB drive to install Windows Server 2012 R2, it didn't show any drives. So I went into the HP RAID config utility and created a RAID 0 from the single SSD drive (hopefully this is correct?).

 

I tried again and after loading the RAID driver, it displayed 5 partitions. Each of them showed the message "Windows can't be installed on drive 1 partition X". I removed one that was labeled MSR to see if it would allocate the additional space to the partition I intended for the OS. While it did, even after formatting/deleting, it still wouldn't allow me to continue.

 

I'm also curious why it created all these partitions and what they are for. Do I really need the WINRETOOLS and Image partitions?

 

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Also, if I use Intelligent Provisioning to install the OS, will it do the same and setup these 5 partitions? Seems like it could be a waste of space.

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The HP SSA does not create partition structure. Was the SSD new or was it used in a system prior to being installed in the server?

I would delete all of the partitions from the SSD and let Windows server start fresh.

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That was also my first impression.  Those look like OEM restore partitions.  Delete all those and start over.

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It was a previously used drive, so that makes sense. I installed from SSA and it does not have all the additional partitions. Thanks guys!

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