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WHS 2011 Server Backup unable to find USB flash storage to use as backup drive RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am trying to set up the Server Backup to backup my server's OS drive. I have purchased a 128GB Sandisk USB flash drive hoping to accomplish this and formatted it as NTFS. It's empty and usable in the OS, but it is not showing in the Hard Drives tab in the dashboard, or in the drives tab when using the Server Administrator to set up the backup directly.

    Does the dedicated backup USB drive really have to be a mechanical one? I figured there would be no difference between a USB mechanical drive and a USB flash storage.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks!

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 10:37 AM

Answers

  • Does the dedicated backup USB drive really have to be a mechanical one?

    I'm afraid yes it has to be a hard disk (SSD will also work).

    Luc.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:48 PM

All replies

  • Does the dedicated backup USB drive really have to be a mechanical one?

    I'm afraid yes it has to be a hard disk (SSD will also work).

    Luc.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:48 PM
  • Does the dedicated backup USB drive really have to be a mechanical one?

    I'm afraid yes it has to be a hard disk (SSD will also work).

    Luc.


    Thanks. A shame their documentation doesn't seem to mention is has to be a mechanical USB drive, I seem to have wasted my money there :(
    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:54 PM
  • This technet article specifies that flash drives are not supported:

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753528.aspx

    Luc.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 1:37 PM
  • This technet article specifies that flash drives are not supported:

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753528.aspx

    Luc.

    Thanks. Although that page is for WHS 2008 R2. I was reading from this WHS 2011 specific page which does not mention flash drives at all:

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/change-backup-configuration-2.aspx

    Thanks for your prompt answers though, I've gone and ordered a new 500GB USB 2.5" hard drive so hopefully that will be more use :)

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 1:50 PM