FIX: "Requested value ReFS was not found" error when you install SQL Server 2014 on a local drive that is ReFS formatted

Applies to: SQL Server 2014 DeveloperSQL Server 2014 DeveloperSQL Server 2014 Enterprise More


Assume that you install a stand-alone Microsoft SQL Server 2014 instance on a local drive that is Resilient File System (ReFS) formatted. You can install the instance by using the Server Configuration dialog in SQL Server setup UI panel or command line settings such as INSTALLSQLDATADIR, SQLBACKUPDIR, SQLTEMPDBDIR, SQLTEMPDBLOGDIR, SQLUSERDBDIR, SQLUSERDBLOGDIR, and INSTANCEDIR. When you specify the INSTANCEDIR argument in command line or in setup UI panel, the installation fails, and you receive the following error message:
Requested value ReFS was not found… Click Retry to try the failed action or cancel to cancel this action and continue setup

Note The setup UI crashes after the generation of the error.


This issue was first fixed in the following cumulative update of SQL Server.

Cumulative Update 5 for SQL Server 2014

More Information

ReFS is a new file system format that is introduced in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Users can store SQL Server data files on a ReFS formatted drive.
SQL Server 2014 does not support ReFS during the installation of SQL Server Failover Cluster. However, user databases may be created after the installation on ReFS formatted drives.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.