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  • Question

  • Hello:

    I purchased a USB3 compatible external drive and my WHS 2011 server has USB3 ports.  Yet, in Technet, is says the following:

    Change backup target drive

    You can back up your data to any external storage drive that supports USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, or eSATA. Drives of this type offer large storage capacities and the speed that is necessary to efficiently back up your data. You should visit the website for your external storage drive manufacturer to ensure that your backup drive is supported on computers running Windows Home Server 2011.

    So, my question is:  Is USB 3 OK, even through the Technet article doesn't mention it?

    Thanks,


    Rich Locus, Logicwurks, LLC

    http://www.logicwurks.com


    • Edited by RichLocus Monday, April 7, 2014 6:40 PM
    Monday, April 7, 2014 6:21 PM

Answers

  • As long as you have appropriate drivers (don't rely on them being baked into Windows Home Server) and your drive appears to the OS as a removable drive, I don't see why you would have a problem.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    • Marked as answer by RichLocus Monday, April 7, 2014 6:51 PM
    Monday, April 7, 2014 6:47 PM

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  • As long as you have appropriate drivers (don't rely on them being baked into Windows Home Server) and your drive appears to the OS as a removable drive, I don't see why you would have a problem.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    • Marked as answer by RichLocus Monday, April 7, 2014 6:51 PM
    Monday, April 7, 2014 6:47 PM
  • Ken:

    Thanks for the info.  You are correct in that I had to install the USB 3 drivers after I installed WHS 2011.

    Regards,


    Rich Locus, Logicwurks, LLC

    http://www.logicwurks.com

    Monday, April 7, 2014 6:52 PM