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Storage Spaces can't add drive to pool.

  1. #1


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 64-Bit

    Storage Spaces can't add drive to pool.


    When adding an initial drive to a storage pool I get the error "incorrect function"
    System: Proliant ML110 G4, Windows 8 64-Bit, 4GB Ram
    I have a 160GB drive installed on the motherboard's controller which hosts the OS
    I've installed a single 2TB drive on a 2 Port PCI Express Internal SATA II Controller Card (JMB36x).
    As soon as I create a pool using the 2TB drive I get the error "Incorrect Function" and the drive becomes RAW.
    The drive id's are unique.
    It's worth pointing out that the system without the new controller can only support 2TB max of SATA drives, but this is bypassed by the controller card I added?
    Help is appreciated.

    Get-PhysicalDisk | format-list FriendlyName, UniqueId, ObjectId, BusType

    FriendlyName : PhysicalDisk0
    UniqueId : 2039374232333633
    ObjectId : {af665d5a-f225-11e2-be77-806e6f6e6963}
    BusType : RAID

    FriendlyName : PhysicalDisk1
    UniqueId : IDE\DiskST3160812AS_______________________________3.AJL_\5&3dc7918&0&0.0.0:risa
    ObjectId : {af665d5b-f225-11e2-be77-806e6f6e6963}
    BusType : ATA



    I'm also worried that the 2TB drive is showing up as RAID not SATA on the controller.
    Last edited by ziplock9000; 21 Jul 2013 at 12:42.

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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Hm, this is the reverse of a problem that happened a few days ago, that guy found a solution that may relate to this - I'll try to find him and have him take a look at this thread. brb! Welcome to Windows 8 Forums btw.

    OK I sent the guy a link to this post, hopefully he can give you something to try. I'm not familiar with using Storage Spaces that much, there are a few in here who are.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Hm, this is the reverse of a problem that happened a few days ago, that guy found a solution that may relate to this - I'll try to find him and have him take a look at this thread. brb! Welcome to Windows 8 Forums btw.

    OK I sent the guy a link to this post, hopefully he can give you something to try. I'm not familiar with using Storage Spaces that much, there are a few in here who are.
    Any chance you can link to the thread that mentioned this? Thanks.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    My prob wasn't really related to this but ill take a stab. Strange that you cannot create a span larger than 2tb. First off what is storages spaces? I use windows disk manager to create my spans. I can post a tutorial on how i do it if you want. You can combine any number of drives together so that you have only one drive. For instance i have two 2tb hdds, one 1tb hdd. I create the span so that it appears as if i have one 5tb hdd in my system. The drives must be unallocated to create the span and if one drive goes down they all fail. This is why i have a duplicate span setup in a local enclosure. Might seem like overkill to some but its the only way i feel safe. I dont trust mobo raid. Anyhow....

    How many sata ports on ur mobo?
    when u go into your bios are your ports set as ahci?
    e.g. I have 8 sata ports on my mobo. 6 are controlled by an amd controller and 2 by a gigabyte controller.
    whats your mobo model?
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    Fyi my prob was unrelated to my span of disks. I had some strange rogue file on one of my hhd that prevented win8 from booting.
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    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by johnblanker View Post
    My prob wasn't really related to this but ill take a stab. Strange that you cannot create a span larger than 2tb. First off what is storages spaces? I use windows disk manager to create my spans. I can post a tutorial on how i do it if you want. You can combine any number of drives together so that you have only one drive. For instance i have two 2tb hdds, one 1tb hdd. I create the span so that it appears as if i have one 5tb hdd in my system. The drives must be unallocated to create the span and if one drive goes down they all fail. This is why i have a duplicate span setup in a local enclosure. Might seem like overkill to some but its the only way i feel safe. I dont trust mobo raid. Anyhow....

    How many sata ports on ur mobo?
    when u go into your bios are your ports set as ahci?
    e.g. I have 8 sata ports on my mobo. 6 are controlled by an amd controller and 2 by a gigabyte controller.
    whats your mobo model?
    Storage spaces is the recent evolution of windows disk manager and in many ways it's replacement. It can't really cover it here as there are many articles on the internet about it.
    As explained above, the drives are not on the mobo, but a second controller. The drive works fine until added to a storage pool.
    Model numbers are in my post above.
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  7. #7


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Maybe one of the drives you want to pool has developed a read error. You can use GWscan to check it from outside of it's mounted state, you are just checking for read errors on the surface of the drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Maybe one of the drives you want to pool has developed a read error. You can use GWscan to check it from outside of it's mounted state, you are just checking for read errors on the surface of the drive.
    It worked fine as a stand alone simple drive before adding to a pool.
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  9. #9


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    Windows 8


    storage spaces seems like a dumbed down version of disk management. I've never used an add-in sata controller card. I wonder if it's a port multiplier problem on the card. I always just use the sata ports on my mobo. It has always been safe. I have upgraded BIOS', wiped the hard drive and installed windows 7 & 8 a bunch of times and even upgraded to a new mobo, the span has always stayed in tact. Why don't you use the sata ports on the mobo? Is it because of what you said:

    "It's worth pointing out that the system without the new controller can only support 2TB max of SATA drives"

    This seems odd to me. You never said the model of your motherboard.
    Have you tried creating the span using disk manager?
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  10. #10


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Or a dumbed down version of a Raid controller. I used to run Mirrored AND striped Arrays - 4 identical drives, striped AND mirrored. I would buy these cheap SiL Sata cards, I still have one of them, it has 4 ports, and it can't work in single disk mode, only as RAID. It worked great when one of the drives would fail, you just pop a new one right in there, has to be identical. Then the software for the drive would fix it on the spot, only took a little while.
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