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Possible to partition WHS system disk and to add the non system partition to the pool?

edited October 2012 in DrivePool

right now im using WHS v1 but im thinking about upgrading to WHS 2011 and to use DrivePool.
Almost every of my questions was answered by reading this forum or visiting your website but i have one more question.

I'm using an Acer easyStore H341 which has 4 bays. On your website it says you can't add a system disk to the pool. I can understand this and it makes sense but because my space is (right now) limited by the physicall bays i can use, is it possible to partition a 1 TB system disk into two partitions and add the partition which hasn't the system installed on it into the pool?

Kind regards


  • Resident Guru
    Hi Rox, yes, it would be more accurate to say that a disk's system partition cannot be added to the pool. Data partitions can be added just fine.

    WHS 2011's default* installation process formats the first** disk as two NTFS partitions: a 60GB system partition for the OS (C: drive, containing Windows, Program Files, etc) and the rest of the drive as a partition for the data (D: drive, containing ServerFolders). The former cannot be part of the pool, the latter can be.

    * to change it requires editing a configuration file on the installation CD

    ** some of us just disconnect all but the disk we want as the boot disk until after the install, just to be sure
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