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  • My motherboard died today.  Rather than mess around with a replacement, I have purchased a new WHS system.  My old system had three drives and all data were duplicated.

    My challenge is how to copy the data from the old data drives to the new system.  I assume the first step is to connect my old drives to the new system *but not add them to the pool*.  From what I can tell, I should then be able to find folders labeled DE, within which I should find my data that can be copied to the new system.  Two questions:

    1. Is this the right process?

    2. Since all my folders had duplication enabled, will I find two copies of all my files somewhere across the three drives, or will the duplicated files be essentially hidden?

    Thanks in advance.
    Friday, January 22, 2010 2:58 AM

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  • My motherboard died today.  Rather than mess around with a replacement, I have purchased a new WHS system.  My old system had three drives and all data were duplicated.

    My challenge is how to copy the data from the old data drives to the new system.  I assume the first step is to connect my old drives to the new system *but not add them to the pool*.  From what I can tell, I should then be able to find folders labeled DE, within which I should find my data that can be copied to the new system.  Two questions:

    1. Is this the right process?

    Technically, no (as that procedure is unsupported).  You should connect the drives to a client and copy the data through the network.  Having said that, it should work as long as you copy the data to the server using the UNC path (\\server\[sharename]).  Also, you don't want to connect your old primary drive to your new server at all.

    2. Since all my folders had duplication enabled, will I find two copies of all my files somewhere across the three drives

    Yes.
    or will the duplicated files be essentially hidden?
    The DE folder is hidden, but as long as you have Show hidden files and folders enabled, you should see your data.  See the FAQ post:  How to recover data after server failure for details.

    Thanks in advance.
    • Proposed as answer by kariya21Moderator Friday, January 22, 2010 4:56 AM
    • Marked as answer by a16sail Sunday, January 24, 2010 7:43 PM
    Friday, January 22, 2010 4:54 AM
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  • My motherboard died today.  Rather than mess around with a replacement, I have purchased a new WHS system.  My old system had three drives and all data were duplicated.

    My challenge is how to copy the data from the old data drives to the new system.  I assume the first step is to connect my old drives to the new system *but not add them to the pool*.  From what I can tell, I should then be able to find folders labeled DE, within which I should find my data that can be copied to the new system.  Two questions:

    1. Is this the right process?

    Technically, no (as that procedure is unsupported).  You should connect the drives to a client and copy the data through the network.  Having said that, it should work as long as you copy the data to the server using the UNC path (\\server\[sharename]).  Also, you don't want to connect your old primary drive to your new server at all.

    2. Since all my folders had duplication enabled, will I find two copies of all my files somewhere across the three drives

    Yes.
    or will the duplicated files be essentially hidden?
    The DE folder is hidden, but as long as you have Show hidden files and folders enabled, you should see your data.  See the FAQ post:  How to recover data after server failure for details.

    Thanks in advance.
    • Proposed as answer by kariya21Moderator Friday, January 22, 2010 4:56 AM
    • Marked as answer by a16sail Sunday, January 24, 2010 7:43 PM
    Friday, January 22, 2010 4:54 AM
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  • "2. Since all my folders had duplication enabled, will I find two copies of all my files somewhere across the three drives

    Yes."


    Does WHS attempt to keep a complete version of the contents of a shared folder on a single drive, or is it likely that I will need to piece together the contents by checking across the drives?  If the latter, any tips on how to reassemble the scattered contents given that there will also be duplicated versions?
    Friday, January 22, 2010 12:34 PM
  • WHS tries to keep data together, but depending from the disk sizes, the amount of data including backups in comparision to this and duplication settings you may find the one or other folder also split over two drives.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Friday, January 22, 2010 3:35 PM
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