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HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen 8 - Hard Drive Configuration?


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I recently got a  HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen 8 box with 8gb. I installed a 4tb drive and created a simple array. The raid controller saw the entire drive. I then used IP 6.1 to install Windows Server 2012 Standard. IP only created a 2TB partition. I though no big deal, once OS gets installed I will extended or create a new partition with the additional 1.8tb.


After everything was installed, I jump in to disk manager and the additional space is shown as unallocated space, however... I can not extended the volume, nor can I create a new partition with the existing space.


So, I turn smart array off, turn on AHCI standard mode and started to install and WS2012 and while it saw two partitions, it would fail when creating the partition for the installation. So I took the drive out, moved it to a new machine, deleted all partitions and began windows 7 install. Windows 7 saw the 4tb, however it could not create a partition on the disk as well "FAILED TO CREATE SYSTEM PARTITION".


I'm new to HP Proliant servers. I work with Dell servers at work where you load a simple Raid drive during the install and your done. But here I'm a bit confused.


Can someone with more experienced with HP servers offer a bit of advice on how I can properly install a 4tb drive as the primary OS drive? Is it possible? I'm sure it is, but my lack of knowledge stops me.


I already had a 6TB drive prepared with for migration. It's partitioned as GPT, is there a way to get this to work or will I have to format it too?


Thanks.


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Yes, but even with the array on or off, it should still allow for the creation and modification of partitions. I tried installing with a blank non-formatted drive. Still no go. Any suggestions?

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If you're talking about that one drive, I would connect it back to the Win7 machine and run DISKPART /CLEAN. Are you comfortable doing that?

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I believe this is about the interaction of UEFI and Windows install. Here are some steps you could try:

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/2464-2tb-partition-limit-in-windows-how-to-overcome

 

The reason we don't see this come up very often is most are installing the OS on a small 128-256 SSD.

I believe it is a good idea to keep your OS disk and your data disks seperate.

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