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I am installing Windows 2008 R2 on a new HP Proliant DL320e G8, have 4X1T drives.

Please refer to screen shot, I am not able to create a new partition on a 746.4GB drive after I convert them to GPT still.

Please advise. thanks
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by:tonitoni99
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here is the screen shot
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It looks like HP still uses BIOS and not UEFI.  If the server doesn't support UEFI you CANNOT create partitions on boot disks larger than 2 TB.  The solution is create two different RAID arrays (in old Dell terms, they were referred two as Containers).  So, for example, if you have 4x1TB drives in a RAID 5, then create one RAID 5 volume of 250GB for the C: drive, and one of 2.75 TB for the D: drive.  (that's how I'd break it up).  Windows will see them as separate disks as opposed to partitions.  And the larger disk can then be converted to GPT and you can create a partition.
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by:Emmanuel Adebayo
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If the Server is new, it should come with HP Smartstart CD that you can use to set up the server.

All you need to do is boot the server using the smartstart CD and follow the on screen display.

Regards
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by:rhinoceros
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To meet these conditions, the following prerequisites apply:

•The disk must be initialized by using GPT.
•The system firmware must use UEFI.
•The Windows version must be 64-bit.


More info:
Windows support for hard disks that are larger than 2 TB
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2581408
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Lee is right although terminology is wrong, you create one array with two logical drives on it, to do that you need the ACU which is now built into Intelligent Provisioning since SmartStart is no longer used. Hit F10 during boot and Intelligent Provisioning is fairly simple to use.
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Terminology is right... for the old Dell controller.
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