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Our WHSv1 file server is almost full, so I took an USB HDD that was lying around (ie: I was using it on another computer, data and partitions are there), and I went to the WHS console to add it to the storage pool.

Surprisingly, the disk does not appear in the list, but if I connect via RDP, i can access it.

What's the problem? Does the disk need to be partitionless or unformatted to be added?

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Despite the "server" in the name, WinHomeServer questions are better asked on Superuser. – Ward May 11 '11 at 3:32
Despite the "home" in the name, I use it in my workplace, because of the useful DE and the cheap price – Magnetic_dud May 11 '11 at 7:17
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I was scheduling demigrator.exe (drive extender migrator) to be off in peak hours (we use an ancient "killer app" from aldus that adobe refuses to update - has a bug and crashes on save if the server is laggy)

Of course when adding a new drive to the pool, i enabled demigrator, but apparently requires a reboot after enabling.

So, the solution is:

  1. Enable demigrator if you set it disabled (i set it disabled at boot for having a quicker boot time)
  2. Reboot
  3. Add drive
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