Sunday, March 04, 2012 11:55 AM
Question's in the title really:
Can I restore files from server backups if my WHS machine is unavailable?
So can I take an external hard which my WHS 2011 machine has backed up to, and access those files from, say, a Windows 7 client machine?
At the moment, if I attach such a USB hard drive, I'm just told the partition can't be accessed.
Sunday, March 04, 2012 12:56 PMModeratorYes, you can. Windows Home Server's backup engine is the same as the engine in Windows Server 2008 R2, so it uses a .vhd (virtual hard drive) file to store the server backup(s). You can use the tools built into Windows 7 (some versions) to mount that vhd file as a local disk.
I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
Sunday, March 04, 2012 2:34 PM
Many thanks for that, Ken - very encouraging.
But when I plug the USB external drive into my Windows 7 client, I get:
I can see the drive and NTFS partition correctly in the Windows 7 Disk Manager.
What steps should I follow to get the right NTFS access privileges so I can access my backups?
Monday, March 05, 2012 5:19 AM
Please use the "Backup and Restore" under "System and Security" from Control Panel to do the restore.