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  • Hi Again folks!

    Gee I wish that MS had kept the drive extender in the 2011 version, it made things so much easier.  Oh well, off to the problem.

    I have added my external USB HD to WHS, but it will not allow me to put the following automatically created Sub-directories on it.  If you could tell me what I am missing, or a viable work-around for this, please I'd love to hear from you!

    Client Computer Backups

    Documents

    Music

    Pictures

    Recorded TV

    Videos

    I am getting to the point where I am thinking that I need to take the external drive and make it an internal drive.  I'd hate to set that precedence though, I have plans to add several multi-terabyte HD to the system and I have only so many drive bays and SATA connections.  Any assistance PLEASE!

    Ron

     

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 7:52 PM

Answers

  • Generally, external drives are used for server backups. If you look in the Dashboard, Server Folders and Hard Drives, Hard Drives I assume you see the drive in question showing up under Server backup? If so, you will not be able to use it as Server Storage as it has not been allocated a drive letter. I believe if you run the "Remove the hard drive from server backup" wizard and then disconnect it reconnect it to your server - DO NOT agree to it being used for server backup and you should be able to use it for server storage.

    From online help:

    How do I increase storage on the server?

    Published: April 26, 2010

    Updated: March 30, 2011

    Applies To: Windows Home Server 2011

    To increase the storage on the server, you can add an additional internal hard disk to the server. To add the additional internal hard disk, you must first shut down the server, next add the internal hard disk, and then power it back on to restart the server. Next, depending on whether the hard disk to be added is formatted, or unformatted, do one of the following:

    • If you had an internal hard disk that is unformatted, it generates the alert- “One or more unformatted hard disks are connected to the server”. Launch the Alert Viewer from the Dashboard, select the alert, and follow the instructions to format the hard disk and use it to store server folders.
    • If the internal hard disk is formatted with NTFS, the server assigns it a drive letter, and the hard disk appears in the Hard Drives tab. You can now either create, or move server folders to the new hard drive. If the formatted hard disk also includes preexisting files, then you can remove any unwanted files using the Drive Clean up utility.

    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    • Proposed as answer by Phil Harrison Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:41 PM
    • Marked as answer by Ron VanD Tuesday, October 25, 2011 5:33 AM
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:04 PM

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  • Generally, external drives are used for server backups. If you look in the Dashboard, Server Folders and Hard Drives, Hard Drives I assume you see the drive in question showing up under Server backup? If so, you will not be able to use it as Server Storage as it has not been allocated a drive letter. I believe if you run the "Remove the hard drive from server backup" wizard and then disconnect it reconnect it to your server - DO NOT agree to it being used for server backup and you should be able to use it for server storage.

    From online help:

    How do I increase storage on the server?

    Published: April 26, 2010

    Updated: March 30, 2011

    Applies To: Windows Home Server 2011

    To increase the storage on the server, you can add an additional internal hard disk to the server. To add the additional internal hard disk, you must first shut down the server, next add the internal hard disk, and then power it back on to restart the server. Next, depending on whether the hard disk to be added is formatted, or unformatted, do one of the following:

    • If you had an internal hard disk that is unformatted, it generates the alert- “One or more unformatted hard disks are connected to the server”. Launch the Alert Viewer from the Dashboard, select the alert, and follow the instructions to format the hard disk and use it to store server folders.
    • If the internal hard disk is formatted with NTFS, the server assigns it a drive letter, and the hard disk appears in the Hard Drives tab. You can now either create, or move server folders to the new hard drive. If the formatted hard disk also includes preexisting files, then you can remove any unwanted files using the Drive Clean up utility.

    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    • Proposed as answer by Phil Harrison Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:41 PM
    • Marked as answer by Ron VanD Tuesday, October 25, 2011 5:33 AM
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:04 PM

  • Generally, external drives are used for server backups. If you look in the Dashboard, Server Folders and Hard Drives, Hard Drives I assume you see the drive in question showing up under Server backup? If so, you will not be able to use it as Server Storage as it has not been allocated a drive letter. I believe if you run the "Remove the hard drive from server backup" wizard and then disconnect it reconnect it to your server - DO NOT agree to it being used for server backup and you should be able to use it for server storage.


    OK, that worked out pretty well.  I am currently moving all of the subdirectories to the external drive, but I had to "turn off" some kind of server backup to do it.  Can I use one of the internal drives for this form of backup?  I have a 160gb and a 400gb in the box.

     

    Ron

     

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:07 PM
  • To use an internal drive for server backup do the following:

    • Add a blank drive into an internal server slot
    • DO NOT allow format as this assigns a drive letter and allocates to Server storage
    • Set up Server Backup and select disks (may need to tick “Show all drives” box)
    • Allocate drive to backup

    However, external drives are better for server backups so you can rotate offsite and prevent data loss from fire, flood etc.

     


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:41 PM
  • For server backups, you want to use an external drive. This allows you to take the server backup off-site for safekeeping. For additional server storage, you want to use internal drives both because they deliver better performance than USB drives generally do and because the USB bus isn't designed as a data storage bus, so data storage devices connected to it may have a variety of issues.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12:54 PM
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