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GPT question regarding RAID5 setup

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September 25, 2010 12:57:56 AM

Hi!

I'm planning on installing four 1TB WD Caviar Black hard drives into a four-bay RAID enclosure (with Hardware RAID built-in); I plan on using RAID 5. The array will be connected via eSATA to my Windows 7 32 bit PC. Since my disk capacity will be 3TB, this will put me over the 2TB limit. In order to correct this and have my PC see the array, do I need to format each drive in the array using GPT, or do I just format the array that shows up in Disk Management using GPT? Or...is there another procedure required? I haven't built the array yet; just being proactive.

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a c 209 $ Windows 7
September 25, 2010 1:55:52 AM

First you need to configure the four drives as a single RAID-5 volume with 3TB capacity. Then you need to go into Disk Management and create a GPT volume on the logical 3GB drive, and finally you need to format it.
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September 25, 2010 1:48:43 PM

So, just to confirm, the volume WILL show up in Disk Management, even though it's over the 2TB limit? If that's the case, everything else seems pretty straightforward.
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a c 209 $ Windows 7
September 25, 2010 4:26:24 PM
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October 2, 2010 6:27:34 PM

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