Solved Server 2003 Running Out Of Hard Drive Space

August 8, 2012 at 04:12:15
Specs: Windows Server 2003, 3.00GHZ/4.00GB
My company currently has a Supermicro server running Small Business Server 2003. It currently has 7GB remaining from a 205GB hard drive. Is there a limit on how big the hard drive can be on this server? Our IT department keep telling me the server cannot be upgraded any further which i don't believe as they keep telling me they have installed more RAM but the total comes to 4GB of a potential 32GB (as per Crucial memory scanner).

I appreciate that my IT department is holding out for a replacement Server but I don't currently have that cash to splash so I really want to know how I find out how much hard drive my server can handle if in fact there is a limit.

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August 8, 2012 at 04:47:13
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205 Gbs is tiny by today's standards.

You passed the LBA limit of 132 GBs a long way back so there is no reason why you should not be able to install a larger hard dsik.

However if the hardware is as old as the software they may be a problem getting one. The chances are that the hardware only supports PATA hard disks and modern large disks are SATA.

Manufacture are cutting down on PATA hard disk so they are getting hard to come by,

And 4 GBs of RAM is not a lot either, but that depends on whether you have the 32 Bit or 64 bit version. If you have the 32 bit version there is no point in going beyond 4 Gbs it will ever get used.

So your IT department may well be telling you the truth. But because you give no details of the hardware it is only guess work. Difficult to say with any certainty what can be upgraded when I dont know what it is you are upgrading


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