Mount a non-pool drive in empty share folder? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I know this is probably beyond what WHS in intended for, but I would appreciate any insights as to whether I can also use WHS for this. I have installed a non-pool SATA hot-swapable drive caddy in my server. I would like to use this as an archival drive for the other PCs on my network. I wish to use WHS for this because none of my other PCs are capable of hosting the hot-swappable drive caddy.

    On the WHS server I created a non-duplicating share folder called "Archive". Then, when I inserted my first drive in my hot-swappable drive caddy I mounted it in the empty "Archive" folder. The SATA drive did display in WHS Console as a non-pool drive. Next, I successfully moved a test folder from one of my network PCs to the "Archive" folder. This seemed to work perfectly but this morning WHS presented me with a "Network in Danger" message. I had this "system cannot find message text for message number *** in the message" for each file in the archived folder.

    Is it possible to set up a non-pool hot-swappable drive on my WHS and use it for network archival, and if so, how would you recommend doing it?


    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 3:43 PM

All replies

  • No. Windows Home Server doesn't support the use of user-created junctions, reparse points, compressed/encrypted files, and other advanced NTFS constructs in the shares. This is because it uses some of those things itself.

     If you want the drive accessible to your users but not managed by Windows Home Server, you will have to share it manually.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 3:59 PM
  • Ken, thanks for the informative reply. Sharing the drive manually works, but with a minor irritant. I have assigned drive letter E: to the removable drive and manually shared it. When I remove the drive and then reinsert it I have to go to Disk Management and reactivate the drive. Maybe I would have had this same problem with mounting the drive in an empty folder, but in my experience with USB drives they would reactivate automatically. I'll research if what I am seeing is normal for hot swappable SATA drives. If you or anyone else can offer additional insight I am all ears.

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 5:37 PM