Posts Tagged ‘The Big WHS (30+ Drives)’

The Big WHS: February 2011 Update

It has been a long time since I have posted about The Big WHS. At the last update in May 2010, the machine occupied 8U using two 4U enclosures, and was topping 60TB of raw storage capacity. Since then there have been quite a fe...


The Big WHS - Two Main Chassis on Display

The Big WHS: May Update 60TB Edition

The Big WHS was originally supposed to house approximately 30TB of storage when the plans were first detailed on an Excel spreadsheet BOM in December 2009. This was a big upgrade to my first DIY Windows Home Server box that had...



The Big WHS: It Multi-tasks! (Thanks to Hyper-V Virtualization)

Things have been progressing on the Big WHS front. First off, my main PC is now is using the WHS Connector software and has back-ups scheduled on the new WHS. The old WHS is still assembled, but it is not powered on at this poi...


The Big WHS: A Big Mother(board) Change of Plans

This week the Big WHS underwent a major change and dropped the Asus motherboard in favor of a Supermicro one. Apparently the Asus P6T7 WS Supercomputer motherboard does not like the HP SAS Expander at all. I could not find a ca...



The Big WHS Update: Sorting Controllers and other Issues

Just as a quick update to those who are following this build. Some adjustments have been made ove the past week. First, I finally decided that 32 ports from two Adaptec 31605’s would first off be slightly less than I had ...


The Big WHS Update: Prepping the Old System and New Parts

Just as an update. I installed the second Adaptec 31605 today, filling all 16 ports with 8x WD Greens, 6x Hitachi 2TB, and 2x Hitachi 1TB drives. There is an additional 1.5TB Seagate 7200.11 being used as an OS drive. That̵...



The Big WHS – Disaster Strikes, Part II

Continuing to test the new WHS box, I was treated to yet another new Western Digital Green failure this week. Ridiculous!


The Big WHS – Disaster Strikes, Part I

At around 1:30AM I woke up to what I believed was the fire alarm. After about 30 seconds outside in the cold, I realized that it was not a fire alarm, but rather an Adaptec controller alarm. The first hard drive has failed.



The Big (30+ drive) Windows Home Server Quick Update

After work today I got the server up and running doing a build/ verify Raid 6 array on the 8x new Western Digital Green 1.5TB drives. Since the current WHS is still in use, I used some spare hardware in the place of the legacy ...


The Big (30+ drive) Windows Home Server (Part 2) Hardware Selection

First off, this is not a typical WHS build, and it was not meant to be. For the majority of users, a HP MediaSmart (by far the WHS to get if you do not DIY the build) is the way to go. For my purposes, I have seen a consistent,...