How to Manage and Partition RAID Hard Drive, Help

RAID firmware allows you to split drives on a Server. For example, six drives of the same size can form a RAID 10 or RAID 1 + RAID 10. After configuring the RAID, the operating system on the server can partition the contents of the RAID drive presentation. But the OS can only access the first 2TB of it - to modify it, I have to backup all, erase, and re-RAID. How should I manage my RAID drives?

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Cici· Answered on Dec 20, 2023

First, for RAID drives, you can split them depending on your needs. RAID10 is a hybrid of RAID 0 and 1, which offers the highest performance and can tolerate multiple drive failures. You can create virtual drives for your operating system in RAID10 and use the remaining space to store virtual machines.

The boot drive limit of 2TB has nothing to do with the RAID array. The partition style may cause this. Windows Server can only recognize 2TB of storage space when the partition style is MBR. You need to convert the MBR to GPT. To solve the problem quickly, you can use a professional Windows Server management tool: EaseUS Partition Master Server, which can help you solve the problem efficiently without losing data.

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Note: If you have any important data, please back it up in advance.

Check out the quick steps to allow Windows Server OS to access space beyond 2TB::

Step 1. Download and open EaseUS Partition Master, then go to "Disk Converter."

Step 2. Select "Convert MBR to GPT" and click "Next."

Step 3. Select the target MBR disk and click "Convert."

Since MBR and GPT have different boot configurations, when the conversion is complete, you need to create a FAT32 partition for booting and then repair the BCD to use the new boot partition and copy the appropriate files.

In addition, once you have successfully converted to GPT, you can create multiple partitions on top of the RAID. EaseUS Partition Master Server provides a one-stop shop for RAID management. It also allows you to resize and move RAID partitions. Hurry up and download it to try it out.

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