What do I need to insure an internal eGranary is compatible with my computer and that it will be installed correctly?

We're glad you asked. While an internal eGranary is an excellent, cost-effective choice in many situations, there are things to consider beforehand. We have had numerous customers run into problems installing internal drives.  This is a tricky business. It has taken us considerable time and effort to identify hardware and operating systems that will handle the large-capacity disks.  If you have ANY doubt, the best practice is to purchase an external unit.

  • Do you have a well-trained technician familiar with installing high-capacity internal SATA hard drives?
  • Do you have space in your existing server for a 3.5-inch drive bay and an available SATA port on your motherboard that will support the eGranary? (This is in addition to the operating system drive.)
  • Will your server's SATA port BIOS support a large drive?  If it is an older server, you might need to also purchase a modern SATA controller add-in card.  Even newer machines may need to have their BIOS updated.
  • Will your operating system support a drive larger than 3TB?  You will need to be running Windows Vista/Server 2008 or later (we recommend Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2), as Windows XP/Server 2003 and earlier do not have full support for large hard drives.

We strive to provide detailed instructions, but with the internal eGranary, the instructions assume the person doing the installation is familiar with the installation type so only the parts specific to the eGranary are detailed.