This is part 6 in a series about building an Eco-Friendly Economical Windows Home Server.
Part 1: In search of an Eco-Friendly Economical Home Server
Part 2: In search of an Eco-Friendly Economical Home Server 2, Electric Boogaloo
Part 3: A Cheap and Green Windows Home Server
Part 4: Ordered parts for Eco-friendly Economical Windows Home Server
Part 5: Can I get a Mulligan on the Case Order?
Part 6: Adding a 1TB Drive to my WHS
Last night I mentioned on Twitter that I was feeling a little nostalgic after buying a 1TB drive for under $100 dollars. The drive is a much needed addition to my Windows Home Server. I started out with two 500GB drives (I knew I should have went with two 1TB drives!), but the space is getting eaten up quickly. I’m down to only about 20GB of free space, which may seem like a lot, but realize that with 1TB of drive space 20GB is only 2%. Only 2% free – I need to add another drive!
MicroCenter has Western Digital Caviar Green Power, a recent preference of mine for things like file servers, 1TB drives on sale for $89.99.
I picked one up in the store last night, but you can order from their web site, too. This appears to be a little-advertised special. It was included in an email to customers and it is listed on the front page of their web site, but it wasn’t shown in the snail mail flyer I got earlier this week. And the sale price wasn’t displayed on the shelf. This is for the consumer packaged version of the drive. MicroCenter also has an OEM version of the drive on sale, but it is actually $5 more. A saleperson told me that the drives will only be available at that price for a few days.
So far the only gripe I have about these WD GP drives is that they run a little warm. I’ve had to really pay attention to their location inside the case and to the system’s fan/cooling setup. In fact I’ll be adding a new drive bay intake fan along with this new drive. The other two drives are doing okay, but I’m worried that the addition of a third in such a confined space will be detrimental to all three. I’m learning that it’s difficult to build a PC that will be energy efficient, quiet, cool, small, powerful enough and decent looking. There’s always a compromise somewhere.
I’m planning on adding the new drive today after work, so I figured while I was waiting for a meeting to start that I’d do a quick Google search to make sure I knew what was required. I was hoping it was as simple as plugging it in and then WHS would do the rest. But do I need to format it? Do I need to partition it? Do I need to do anything on the Windows Home Server Storage tab?
In my quest for knowledge I found the following post, which may be one of the most entertaining “how-to” hardware posts that I have ever read:
Adding a new drive on a Friday night
It’s good to see that I should expect nothing unusual. Open up the PC, plug in the drive and button everything back up, once I’ve rebooted I should open up the WHS storage tab where I should be able to add the newly found drive to the storage pool. Let’s hope things work out so easily.