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  • Question

  • When you use WHS server backup to back up shares (i.e. Music) to an external USB drive, can the files on that drive then be used on any PC, once you plug the drive into that PC? Or are they recorded in some WHS-specific way that makes them unusable to regular PCs/applications?

    If the latter is true, wouldn't it be better to RDC to the WHS and just do a copy/paste to the USB drive? You'd have the backup you're seeking, plus the files would be widely usable.
    Thursday, December 4, 2008 7:49 PM


  • Hi,
    The format is just as a normal copy would be, with the addition of an Archive Config 1KB .dat file for WHS use. Each time the backup is ran, it's created in a directory with the current date as it's identifier, with all the selected Shared Folders listed under that. All files preserve their original format.
    This drive is just a standard drive, and is in fact, available over your network if you know it's drive letter (for example, from an RDP session), it's just hidden, so you would have to append the $ sign at the end. For example, '\\Server\E$'.
    Note however, that if you change ANY data on this drive, other than through the server's backup tool, then the whole directory might be unable to be restored.  (Tried, as an experiment - ended up having to re-format the drive and starting again).


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    • Marked as answer by Bobsie Thursday, December 4, 2008 9:02 PM
    Thursday, December 4, 2008 8:46 PM