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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:16 pm 
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Hi Folks -- So I know I can't use anything bigger than 2TB for an pooled drive. And I'm pretty sure I can't use anything bigger than 2TB for internal (pooled or not). And I'm guessing even if I go USB or eSata, I still can't go beyond 2TB, right?

Sorry if this seem obvious for you folks. Back when I was regularly messing with my Ex490 drives larger than 2TB weren't very common. However now they're definitely the affordable option for backups of backups.

Last question -- assuming the 2TB limit is firm across the whole thing, is that a Server 2003 limit or a hardware limit? If I "upgrade" server essentials or WHSv2, will the eSata or USB port drivers allow me to attach a 4 or 5TB external drive?

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the 2 tb limit is due to the os whsv1 which does not support advanced format drives.
So upgrading to a os that supports them will fix that.
However with whsv1 on a non pooled drive people have had success with 3+tb drives.
Due to you can format it outside of the server and add it without formatting.

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I would caution using any drive over 2tb with WHS v1 even non-pooled.
I took (2) 4tb reds and formatted them GPT/NTFS and was using them as non-pooled backup drives.
They worked great right up till I went over the 2 TB of data, then they both went RAW and I could not re-format them. Had to send them both back to WD for replacements.
So I say whs v1 only 2TB drive no matter how you use them.

But , I hear Diehard was able to upgrade drivers and somehow use 3tb drives for OS and pooled drives, but I wouldn't do it.
In a usb external setup I believe you can format and partition them, then use the portioned spaces for data storage, but I would not chance that either.
I buy the 2 tb reds when they are on sale 2-3 at a wack and then I don't have to worry about any surprises..

I stuck my two new 4TB reds in my DIY win2012E box and am using drive pool.

Just a FYI.... Goodluck hope this helps...
I also have a couple copies of whs 2011, but didn't really like it as well as the whs v1, so I will run whs v1 as long as I can.

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