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July 23, 2013 9:14:42 PM

Hi everyone, I've been thinking of setting up a media server/nas for my home network. The basic idea is to have a system with all the movies, photos, music, etc. that will be able to stream the files to any device in my house (using plex).

I wanted to use a 3x3tb raid 5 array for the media but have an issue. I don't want to use another drive for the OS (win7/8) and would like to install the OS in the raid 5 array, which I understand is possible by setting the raid 5 in the bios, and then installing windows.

The problem I forsee is that I won't be able to configure the drives in the bios because they are over 2tb's. I hear that drives over 2tb are limited to 2tb because of the way windows reads drives or something along those lines. I know there is a way to make windows read it as a 3tb drive, but is that possible from the bios? If i have to install windows before I can set the raid, i would be losing space in the raid array which I would prefer not to but is ok if I must.

Sorry for the long post I wanted to relay everything I was considering and my situation. Thank you in advance.

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July 24, 2013 12:18:05 PM

first - to be able to boot with a drive over 2tb you need to have an efi or uefi bios motherbd with it set to boot in efi mode.
second - you will need to create the array in the raid bios
third - when you install windows you will need to install in efi/uefi mode.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/186875-uefi-unifie...

lastly keep in mind that windows cannot natively backup partitions larger than 2tb and that raid is not a substitute for a backup.
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July 24, 2013 5:00:39 PM

bob hays said:
Hi everyone, I've been thinking of setting up a media server/nas for my home network. The basic idea is to have a system with all the movies, photos, music, etc. that will be able to stream the files to any device in my house (using plex).

I wanted to use a 3x3tb raid 5 array for the media but have an issue. I don't want to use another drive for the OS (win7/8) and would like to install the OS in the raid 5 array, which I understand is possible by setting the raid 5 in the bios, and then installing windows.

The problem I forsee is that I won't be able to configure the drives in the bios because they are over 2tb's. I hear that drives over 2tb are limited to 2tb because of the way windows reads drives or something along those lines. I know there is a way to make windows read it as a 3tb drive, but is that possible from the bios? If i have to install windows before I can set the raid, i would be losing space in the raid array which I would prefer not to but is ok if I must.

Sorry for the long post I wanted to relay everything I was considering and my situation. Thank you in advance.


Yes, you can do it, but why the headache!
Just get a $20's HDD for OS
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Desktop-WD...
Create RAID5 out of 3x 3TB
Once it runs, create OS backup image into your RAID5, so you can always restore your OS

This will work with ANY system, even MB does not have EUFI BIOS
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July 26, 2013 2:13:40 PM

Thanks for the help guys, but i've decided to build my self a gaming rig and use gpu virtualization to minimize power consumption while its in server mode. I will be putting the os on an ssd and once again thanks for the replies.
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