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Server 2008 - 3TB showing at 746gb?

Posted on 2011-10-25
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Had this issue with windows server 2003 so have just made up at 2008 server as i thought it would be viewable. But still the same issue?

I thought this would be supported by Server 2008? Am i stuck with pointless hard drives?
Question by:Kenzii
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Need more details here such as the drive manufacturer and model.  When you right click on computer, select manage, and go to Disk management, does it show a 3tb drive as a 746gb drive or is it partitioned?
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Sommerblink earned 1000 total points
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Also need to know more about your hardware as well, including the motherboard and your controller card if applicable.

There are problems with older hardware seeing >2.2TB on a HDD without appropriate drivers or upgrades.

Please see http://www.hitachigst.com/internal-drives/above-2tb/ for more information on the problem. Also, did you do a inplace upgrade of the OS or did you wipe and reload?

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I added as a additional hard drive so os is on a much smaller drive.

Ive checked and only that single partition on the drive and that's the full drive through disk management.
Can't get the exact model at the moment but I know it's a western digital drive.

Hardware is just a desktop pc speced for a server whilst I was testing. Is a hp about 18months-24months old.

Will check that comparability list when I can get actual model. Not in my office until tomorrow now.
Thanks for the replies
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nwtechdesk earned 1000 total points
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You will probably need a gpt format to utilitze 3tb:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg463525.aspx

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OK i think the drives i have are only compatible with Windows 7. I tried making it a GPT and made no difference but when i connect via a usb bridge to windows 7 machine i am able to see all 3TB's.

Ideally i wanted it for a offsite backup server. which is fine i can use windows 7 to isntall the software etc.

Thanks for your help.

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Issue is with hard drive compatability. Windows 7 compatible only.
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Do you have access to a Windows Server 2008 R2 license? 2008 R2 = Windows 7, in terms of many compatibility issues.

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