Disk size support for operating systems
Posted on 2014-03-13
I have a client that needs large storage space. They have set up a 8 drive NAS connected to a Win 2003 SP2 32bit server using iSCSI. Its a GPT disk..
The volume is about 16TB large and shared out from server in the regular way by mapping network drive.
While this supposedly looked fine by all computers (recognizing 16TB and not 2TB etc), the last data that was added to the volume has disappeared. This was an audio book saved by a software, and I'm not sure if this caused the problem, or of it has something to do with too large volumes for elderly operating systems?
The client computers, for different reasons (third party software requires it) uses Win 2000, Win XP, Win 7 and Win 8 operating systems.
The old systems are 32 bit, and Win7/8 are 64.
Is there a limitation for old operating systems regarding network attached drives?
I have read about local harddrives, where MBR's limitation on boot disks etc causing problems, but here we've got something where i would think the servers' limitation is the important, and that clients wouldn't care less what is attached?
I have googled, but could not find good reliable answers for network drives, though i am leaning towards there being no problem, and that the recording software generating the audio book must have caused the fault.