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I have a N40L server with a WD Green 3 TB drive, and the std 250Gb with windows home server 2011.

 

I have run out of disk space and need to add another drive, I see many are using 4tb drives. What is the max size that will work as I see there are some 5tb WD drives about and see WD are going to also release a 6tb are these likely to work or not.

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I have 6TB reds in my N36L, but I'm having stability issues on W2012R2 using bitlocked ReFS Mirrored Storage spaces.

 

As its a 4 year old 24/7 server, I suspect it's either a SATA driver or power supply issue though.

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purely because both of the 6TB reds disappear at the same time, and are no longer visible in the OS or even the bios after a soft reboot.  The only way to get them back is to power off and power on again, and they are redetetcted at the POST.  I presume this means that they have disconnected themselves, or something has disconnected them from the SATA bus.

 

At the time of the failure(s), the eventlog states that a SCSI reset has been sent to the controller, which normally also means a hardware failure. There are no errors prior to this, and it never recovers until powered off.

 

I am however trying them separately at the moment, and trying to concurrently bitlock encrypt and copy a TB of data to each. That should rule out the PSU as it uses 3 drives and 100% cpu.

 

If it doesnt fail, then I'll be at a loss. I do have a HP workstation with a TPC module I could test the same configuration in, so that will probably be next.

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After waking up this morning, drive 2 (bay 3, drive e:) had stopped encrypting, saying it needed a checkdisk, and the both robocopy processes stalled.  Drive d: robocopy just paused, whereas drive e: robocopy said it could't find the path specified.  Interestingly, the drive hadn't disappeared from the system, and once i'd killed the robocopy processes, the bitlocker encryption on d: carried on.   However, the box was generally slow, and it refuses to shutdown. 

 

After a warm reboot, drive e has now disappeared.

 

So at best I have a suspect drive which I can return DOA, at worst, unstable hardware elsewhere.

 

I'll try both drives in a HP Z210 which uses the intel C206 chipset, it should give me an idea on whether they're likely to work on a gen8 microserver (C204).

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