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I got the last part of my storage server today, 2720SGL and slapped it into the rig and connected 6 3TB drives in JBOD.

The drives appear in windows as they should after the drivers are installed and all seems okay as can be seen here.



I attempted to create a storage pool and again, the drives show up as they should;



However on EVERY attempt I get the following error;



I'm not exactly sure what to do as I can format the drives individually and have them show up in explorer, I can even create a spanned volume using all the disks but they REFUSE to go into a pool.

Windows will only put Disk 0 into the pool. Before installing Windows 8.1 I tried to use Windows Server 2012 and it would only show Disk 0 under logical devices, hence trying Windows 8.1 which I thought would work since I could see all the drives.

EDIT: I gave the free version of unRaid a go and it all seemed to work okay, the only problem I have with this is that I have read that storage spaces is more flexible with adding drives and obviously I will be able to use Windows on the machine with storage spaces which is a plus as I can do more things than just serve files.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated, I don't think it's the RAID card as I seem to be able to do everything else with it so I'm not sure what gives.

Thanks, peeps. thumb.gif
Edited by Rian - 11/14/13 at 9:40am
   
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I haven't seen much good said about "Storage Spaces". I use and recommend Drive Bender. It's been rock solid on my 24TB NAS.
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Try Powershell to see if it helps.
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How to Create a Storage Pool with PowerShell

As seen in the management GUI, there is not much information that is required to create a storage pool.

The three things that are required are:

The storage pool name
Which disks to use to create the pool
The storage subsystem (Storage Spaces)

The cmdlet we use to create the storage pool is New-StoragePool. While the only three things that are required are name, disks, and subsystem, New-StoragePool also provides some other more advanced features.

The name of the storage pool will be passed through the “FriendlyName” parameter.

The disks to create the storage pool on will be passed into the New-StoragePool in the “PhysicalDisks” parameter. Which disks are available is found by using the Get-PhysicalDisk cmdlet, and can be made even easier using the “-IsPooled” parameter (which will either provide all of the disks that are already pooled, or if set to false will return all of the disks not already in a pool. The Get-PhysicalDisk cmdlet can be run as part of the –PhysicalDisk parameter, or can be run previously and the results stored in a variable. If creating a script that will be reused, it’s advisable to use a variable, so that it is easier to read and understand.

“#Inline, as typed in at the console (incomplete – it would still need the storage subsystem)

New-StoragePool –PhysicalDisk (Get-PhysicalDisk –IsPooled $false) –FriendlyName “Pool1”

#Easier to read and understand in a saved script

$disks = Get-PhysicalDisk –IsPooled $false

New-StoragePool –PhysicalDisk $disks –FriendlyName “Pool1”

The storage subsystem in this case is looking for the “Storage Spaces” instance of storage subsystem. It is returned in the Get-StorageSubsystem cmdlet. In the New-StoragePool cmdlet, it is passed in as either the unique ID, the name, or the friendly name of the subsystem. For simplicity, it is helpful that New-StoragePool accepts the storage subsystem to create the storage pool on through the pipeline.


#This uses the $env:computername environment variable to provide the Storage Spaces subsystem.
#If only one subsystem is installed on the system

$Disks = Get-PhysicalDisk –IsPooled $false

Get-StorageSubsystem –FriendlyName “Storage Spaces on$env:computername” | `

New-StoragePool –Friendlyname “Pool1” –PhysicalDisk $Disks

That is everything that is needed to create a basic storage pool. However, these optional parameters for New-StoragePool may provide some benefit.

ResiliencySettingsNameDefault – specify the default resiliency on new Storage Spaces created on the storage pool.
ProvisioningTypeDefault – specify the default provisioning type for new Storage Spaces created on the storage pool.
IsEnclosureAware – Used if the enclosure containing the disks supports SCSI Enclosure Services. SCSI Enclosure Services provides extra information such as slot location, and LEDs on the enclosure.

To take advantage of Storage Spaces, the storage virtualization technology in Windows Server 2012, you first need to add storage to your server. Once the storage has been added, it needs to be grouped together in storage pools. The storage pools are used to store the virtual hard drives on them.

Edited by BigTree - 11/14/13 at 2:09pm
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Try creating the pool with 1 drive and then add the otehr drives in one at a time.
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Originally Posted by FastMHz View Post

I haven't seen much good said about "Storage Spaces". I use and recommend Drive Bender. It's been rock solid on my 24TB NAS.

I'm looking into the likes of Brivebender and Flexraid, since they are payware I want to know exactly what I am getting and if it suits my needs before buying. Thanks though thumb.gif

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Originally Posted by BigTree View Post

Try Powershell to see if it helps.

I tried PowerShell in my WHS install and it just threw errors, sorry I should have said.
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Try creating the pool with 1 drive and then add the other drives in one at a time.

Same thing happens, only disk 0_0 goes into a pool and it will throw errors when adding any other disks, as a group or individually.
   
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Drive Bender has a fully functional trial, and the license is pretty inexpensive as far as software goes these days at < $20. For the record, I am not affiliated with the company at all...it just works very well in my NAS.
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Drive Bender has a fully functional trial, and the license is pretty inexpensive as far as software goes these days at < $20. For the record, I am not affiliated with the company at all...it just works very well in my NAS.

Hi, thanks for your help +rep.

I have looked into drivebender but will probably go with FlexRaid as it does parity redundancy which I prefer over mirroring.
   
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