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How to reconnect a harddrive RRS feed

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  • After an failed boot drive I was forced to reinstall WHS on an new harddrive. Then I attached the set of disks I used for storage. But I can reconnect that drive set without formatting it... any tips? I have TB's of data on it so I would like to just reconnect rater then format ...

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013 8:10 PM

Answers

  • By a set of disks, do you mean a RAID? Recovery from a disk failure should be done from a server backup rather in which case existing connected disks will be recognised. For a new installation, you will need to put your data somewhere else before reformatting. There are fiddles you can do but I would recommend doing it the supported way.

    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    • Marked as answer by Justin Gu Monday, November 11, 2013 6:39 AM
    Thursday, October 3, 2013 8:25 PM
  • I used a method when moving individual storage disks from WHS2011 beta to release code which went along the lines of:

    • Rename the original Shared folders to something like "Music_Old"
    • Reinstall the OS
    • Add the storage drive but do not format it
    • Use the Dashboard to move the predefined folder (e.g. Music)  to the added storage disk
    • Move the content of "Music_Old" to "Music" which runs quickly as it's on the same HDD.
    • Delete "Music_Old"
    • Breathe a sigh of relief.

    It may work in your situation but may well be complicated by your RAID (never seen a reason to use it with WHS).


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    Friday, October 4, 2013 11:36 PM

All replies

  • By a set of disks, do you mean a RAID? Recovery from a disk failure should be done from a server backup rather in which case existing connected disks will be recognised. For a new installation, you will need to put your data somewhere else before reformatting. There are fiddles you can do but I would recommend doing it the supported way.

    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    • Marked as answer by Justin Gu Monday, November 11, 2013 6:39 AM
    Thursday, October 3, 2013 8:25 PM
  • By a set of disks, do you mean a RAID? Recovery from a disk failure should be done from a server backup rather in which case existing connected disks will be recognised. For a new installation, you will need to put your data somewhere else before reformatting. There are fiddles you can do but I would recommend doing it the supported way.

    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    RAID, yes!

    Recovery from backup wasnt possible in this case.

    Relocate files and format and put them back is an alternative but the question was if their is a way of simple reconned a drive AND keep the data on it...

    Friday, October 4, 2013 9:30 AM
  • I used a method when moving individual storage disks from WHS2011 beta to release code which went along the lines of:

    • Rename the original Shared folders to something like "Music_Old"
    • Reinstall the OS
    • Add the storage drive but do not format it
    • Use the Dashboard to move the predefined folder (e.g. Music)  to the added storage disk
    • Move the content of "Music_Old" to "Music" which runs quickly as it's on the same HDD.
    • Delete "Music_Old"
    • Breathe a sigh of relief.

    It may work in your situation but may well be complicated by your RAID (never seen a reason to use it with WHS).


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    Friday, October 4, 2013 11:36 PM
  • I used a method when moving individual storage disks from WHS2011 beta to release code which went along the lines of:

    • Rename the original Shared folders to something like "Music_Old"
    • Reinstall the OS
    • Add the storage drive but do not format it
    • Use the Dashboard to move the predefined folder (e.g. Music)  to the added storage disk
    • Move the content of "Music_Old" to "Music" which runs quickly as it's on the same HDD.
    • Delete "Music_Old"
    • Breathe a sigh of relief.

    It may work in your situation but may well be complicated by your RAID (never seen a reason to use it with WHS).


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.


    Thanks Phil!
    Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:49 PM