I have a Gigabyte X48-ds4 mb with 5-1tb drives. My intent was to use 1 TB as my primary OS drive, then run the 4-1TB drives in a raid5 setup. I have that setup fine but when i load up disk management in Vista Ultimate 64bit, it shows me Disk1 2048GB unallocated space then another 700gig of unallocated space. I can format the 2tb section and vista sees it fine but then i cant do anything with the remaining 700gig? is this normal?
I was hoping to run parity Raid5 and utilize all the space even if its in 2 partitions.
if that's not possible ill just run raid10 and get 2TB striped. Any idea if i can run raid5 and utilize all the space?
I read the tech note and im somewhat confused (no surprise ) it states:
Use basic disks if:
* You do not need to create volumes that exceed 2 TB.
* You are configuring shared cluster storage on a server cluster.
* The server runs other operating systems that cannot access dynamic disks. The only server operating systems that can access dynamic disks are Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003.
Use dynamic disks if:
* You want to create RAID-0 volumes or fault-tolerant volumes (RAID-1 or RAID-5) and the server does not contain hardware RAID.
Problem is my system uses hardware raid, so does this mean i cannot extend that volume to a larger size?
Are you using Windows' RAID software? Or are you using the RAID controller on your motherboard? If you're using the one on the motherboard, you set that up in BIOS after POST. If you're just pushing in drives, loading windows, and saying "let's do RAID5" then that's your problem.
If you're using hardware (not windows software base) RAID, you won't have this issue.