Cannot install Windows 2008 R2 on a 16TB Raid 5

Posted on 2012-08-14
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Last Modified: 2016-12-08
I have a PowerVault NF600 and I want to install Windows 2008 R2 on the 16TB Raid 5 I have set up.

Raid 5 is set, loaded and it see's it, however I cannot install Windows on the full 16TB.

I tried to create a 'New' Partitian of 100GB so I can install windows and then it makes a separate ~2TB Partitian and when its finished installing, I cannot initialize the remaining ~13TB for Anything. Cannot initialize, convert to GPT, etc.

Anyone know whats up?
Question by:indsupport
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Accepted Solution

Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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You cannot boot to a GPT disk unless the system uses UEFI instead of BIOS. (note: I've not had a system to play with like this, so I cannot be certain what/how to do this, but I would expect it to be pretty seemless... nevertheless, you NEED a UEFI system to boot where the DISK is reported as larger than 2 TB.  In order to get this to work, you'll need to create two containers, one of 2 TB (or less) and the second as large as you want.  When you create two containers, they APPEAR as separate physical disks which is what you'll need if you want this to work.

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So lame that I had to do this, but your answer was perfect -

Thanks -

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