A few tips on setting up a 7.5 TB array - the Vtrak m500p
You read that correctly - that's 7.5 TB, as in terabyte. Yowsas... Configuration: Dell 1800, Adaptec 39320 Ultra320 SCSI card, Vtrak m500p. Here are the tips:
- When you initialize, select 4 kilobyte sectors, rather than the default 512 bytes. Windows can support huge disk sizes, but there is a limit to the number of sectors it can handle.
- Make sure to set Target ID and Lun ID in the WebPAM. I left it at the default - blank - and was unable to read the drive in Disk Manager.
- After setting the Target ID and Lun ID, you should be able to initialize the disk. Use GPT! (Otherwise, you'll only get a fraction of your storage.)
- You might timeout trying to format the drive. If so, take the SCSI speed down to 160 MBps if you are at 320. That did the trick for me - then step it back up to 320 when you start using it*.
*Yes, that makes me nervous.
Posted by torque at February 4, 2006 8:41 PM