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How to remove "missing drive" from WHS v1


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adding 3 TB drives to WHSv1 can be done, but require's some hacking because the drives must stay GPT and this wizard converts the drives to MBR.http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php/topic/16580-guide-how-to-make-gpt-4k-sector-drives-and-3tb-drives-work-as-storage-pool-drives-in-whs-pp3/

 

You might loose some data trying to remove these drives. Run - Type "services.msc" Stop the services "Drive Extender Migrator Service" and "Virtual Disk Service" (you will get a prompt here that this will also shut down additional services.. Thats fine.)

 

It is important to stop these services almost immediately after adding the disk , we don't want any data copied to this drive if we can help it during this critical point. However it may be lo late for you, see if you can manually take your data off these drives. The longer you have the Drive Extender Migrator Service running, more of your data could be written to the drives. 

 

Look in your registry under the following path: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Home Server\Storage Manager\Volumes\ look for the entries for your 3TB drive and delete them, also see if there are 768 gig drives, delete those to.

 

Look in your registry under the following path: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Home Server\Storage Manager\Disks\  look for the entries for your 3TB drive and delete them, also see if there are 768 gig drives, delete those to.

 

Shut down the server and take out the 3 TB drives. Boot up. Go back to the Console and Server Storage Tab and delete the remove the drives. This time if should work. Might require an other reboot.

 

 

Thanks very much...I'll try tonight and let you know how it goes. Can you provide a link to the contribution page for the forum? You guys are providing a very needed service and I'd like to support it.

Dave.

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adding 3 TB drives to WHSv1 can be done, but require's some hacking because the drives must stay GPT and this wizard converts the drives to MBR.http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php/topic/16580-guide-how-to-make-gpt-4k-sector-drives-and-3tb-drives-work-as-storage-pool-drives-in-whs-pp3/

 

You might loose some data trying to remove these drives. Run - Type "services.msc" Stop the services "Drive Extender Migrator Service" and "Virtual Disk Service" (you will get a prompt here that this will also shut down additional services.. Thats fine.)

 

It is important to stop these services almost immediately after adding the disk , we don't want any data copied to this drive if we can help it during this critical point. However it may be lo late for you, see if you can manually take your data off these drives. The longer you have the Drive Extender Migrator Service running, more of your data could be written to the drives. 

 

Look in your registry under the following path: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Home Server\Storage Manager\Volumes\ look for the entries for your 3TB drive and delete them, also see if there are 768 gig drives, delete those to.

 

Look in your registry under the following path: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Home Server\Storage Manager\Disks\  look for the entries for your 3TB drive and delete them, also see if there are 768 gig drives, delete those to.

 

Shut down the server and take out the 3 TB drives. Boot up. Go back to the Console and Server Storage Tab and delete the remove the drives. This time if should work. Might require an other reboot.

 

 

Thanks for the advice.  I was able to un-install the missing HDD successfully.

Unfortunately when I try to install the 3TB drive, following the guide from http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php/topic/16580-guide-how-to-make-gpt-4k-sector-drives-and-3tb-drives-work-as-storage-pool-drives-in-whs-pp3/,  I run into the same problem again???  At least I know how to resolve the issue now.

Dave.  

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I was successful in adding 2 3TB drives to my EX490 pool, which I don't have any longer. So I know that the process will work. There are other instructions you can try. http://spackle.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/going-for-3tb-in-whs-v1/

 

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1559559

 

The 1st thing to test is to see if your hardware has the right drivers to recognise and format a 3TB drive properly. Can you confirm that you can format a 3TB drive as 1 complete GPT volume ?

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I was successful in adding 2 3TB drives to my EX490 pool, which I don't have any longer. So I know that the process will work. There are other instructions you can try. http://spackle.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/going-for-3tb-in-whs-v1/

 

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1559559

 

The 1st thing to test is to see if your hardware has the right drivers to recognise and format a 3TB drive properly. Can you confirm that you can format a 3TB drive as 1 complete GPT volume ?

Thanks for the info.  I did a little more searching and I think your comment about the hardware drivers was right on the money. 

The Intel rapid storage technology driver seems to be the key (at least for me).  http://www.servethehome.com/fix-746gb-3tb-hard-drive-issue/  I updated this driver and re-installed the new drive in the usual way with no problems.  The 3TB drive is alive and well....

Now about replacing the system drive with an SSD.....

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