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The disk cannot be formatted error in SBS 2003

Hi,

I have a HP ProLiant ML115 G5 Server running SBS 2003.

I have put in a Western Digital Caviar 2tb (7200RPM) hard drive which I have been able to initialise in Disk Manager, but when formatting I get  The disk cannot be formatted error.

Any ideas why this maybe happening?
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edli83

8/22/2022 - Mon
ArneLovius

Did you create a partition after initializing the disk ?
edli83

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I have tried to create a partition, it attempts to format after and gives the above message.
ArneLovius

was the partition a single partition that occupied all of teh space on the disk ?

if it was, can you try deleting it and creating a partition of ~1TB and see if it will format it.
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edli83

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Ok so ~1TB seems to have worked, does that mean the mobo doesn't support 2TB?
Im sure I read it could take 8 x 2TB....
ArneLovius

Nothing to do with the motherboard or BIOS, the limitation is in Windows

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/02/18/understanding-the-2-tb-limit-in-windows-storage.aspx
edli83

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Does that not suggest I can have 2TB?
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How do i choose GPT, i cant see the option?