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  • I have an external USB 2.0 500GB hard drive already filled 400GB+ with data. Is it possible to plug in this drive and have it "just work" immediately with WHS? It is storing all media files (mp3's, movie rips, etc).
    Friday, March 30, 2007 9:49 PM

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  • Michael,

     

    The WHS file system is not like other versions of Windows.  WHS will reformat all new drives before it uses them.  So, it will "just work" but you will lose all of the existing data if you add it to the server.  Be careful!

     

    For this amount of data, you'd probably be better off to add a new 500 GB internal drive to your WHS and then transfer your 400GB to a shared folder on WHS.  Then you could take your external drive to another location for disaster recovery.

     

    Murray

    Friday, March 30, 2007 10:00 PM
  • It will work in such a way that you can copy the files to existing disks on your server, but if you try to add it to the storage pool then it will be formatted and all files will be deleted. Best suggestion is to copy the files off the disk  then add it, then copy the files to the server.

     

    Please remember this software is still beta and you should only put data that you  have a copy of, or are prepared to loose, on the server.

     

    Gordon

     

    Friday, March 30, 2007 10:01 PM

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  • Michael,

     

    The WHS file system is not like other versions of Windows.  WHS will reformat all new drives before it uses them.  So, it will "just work" but you will lose all of the existing data if you add it to the server.  Be careful!

     

    For this amount of data, you'd probably be better off to add a new 500 GB internal drive to your WHS and then transfer your 400GB to a shared folder on WHS.  Then you could take your external drive to another location for disaster recovery.

     

    Murray

    Friday, March 30, 2007 10:00 PM
  • It will work in such a way that you can copy the files to existing disks on your server, but if you try to add it to the storage pool then it will be formatted and all files will be deleted. Best suggestion is to copy the files off the disk  then add it, then copy the files to the server.

     

    Please remember this software is still beta and you should only put data that you  have a copy of, or are prepared to loose, on the server.

     

    Gordon

     

    Friday, March 30, 2007 10:01 PM
  • It is Windows Home Server Beta 2 - Beta version. Don't forget it.

    Friday, March 30, 2007 10:13 PM
  • I have not tried it explicitly, but I believe WHS will allow the external drive to hang on the server and allow sharing of the folders AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT add the drive to the storage pool.

    If it is left not added to the pool, I am not sure if the Network Health Monitor will show yellow while the drive is attached. Something to expirement with.

    Sunday, April 1, 2007 2:46 PM
  • Note that if you choose to connect a drive but not add it to the pool, you will find it still shows up as a drive in the Console, and you may not be able to distinguish between it and other drives you would want to add. Also, you will not be able to use the WHS Console interface to manage the drive, or the shares, in any way.

    It's a much better idea to copy the data to WHS (or another PC), add the drive, and then copy it back (if required).
    Sunday, April 1, 2007 4:42 PM
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