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How to use all available storage on ESXi 3.5 Dell Hardware

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Hi,

I have Dell PE2950 server with 6 1TB SATA drives in it.

I created one large Virtual Disk RAID5 and installed vmware ESXi3.5 on it.  When I go to create Storage shows this:
Capacity 4.5TB and available 550GB

How can I get all my space to be available?

Should I recreate the Virtual Disks different?

THank you,
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The VMFS drives for the VMs need to be in 2TB chunks, so you should be able to have 2 2TB disks and a 500 Meg.



For maximums see:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35u2/vi3_35_25_u2_config_max.pdf
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what would be suggested config for vmware:

RAID advanced config suggestion:
Element Size: 64KB default
Read Policy: no read ahead, read ahead, adaptive read ahead
Write Policy: Write Through, Write back

Thank you,
Eimis
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Selecting RAID from Dell-http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/storage/RAID/ROMB25/fast-ug/config.htm

Configuring a controller: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/storage/RAID/PERC5/en/UG/HTML/chapterh.htm#wp1066465


I would take the defaults policies which are:
Write Policy - Write-back cache
Read Policy - No-read-ahead
Stripe Element Size - 128K

See second link about half way down the document.

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