SQL Server 2012 Startup Error with Sector Size Reported as 1048576 - by JerryM_YorkBI

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ID 778042 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 0
Opened 1/31/2013 7:26:36 AM
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I have an application that uses SQL Server Express 2012. It is a single-user application that is being installing on a customer server instead of a workstation. After the install completes, start-up of the service fails. There is a SQLServer_ERRORLOG log that has this:

Cannot use file 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.SQLEXPRESS\MSSQL\Template Data\master.mdf'
because it was originally formatted with sector size 4096 and is now on a volume with sector size 1048576.
Move the file to a volume with a sector size that is the same as or smaller than the original sector size.

The server is a HP ProLiant ML350 G5 running Windows Server 2012. FSUTIL reports 4096 as the sector size. (FSUTIL FSINFO NTFSINFO).

Jerry Metcoff
York Group BI LLC
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Posted by Microsoft on 5/10/2013 at 10:01 AM
Thanks for reporting this issue. We are not able to reproduce this behavior with the information provided and this item is being closed.

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Microsoft SQL Server
Posted by TUmphress on 2/13/2013 at 11:55 AM
We are having the same issue - the only difference is that your sector size is being reported as 2097152 instead of 1048576.

We are tring to install on Windows Server 2012 which is installed on a Cisco UCS B230M2 blade that is booting from a SAN.