Can I use existing external hard drives on my Windows Home server without wiping the data? RRS feed

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  • I have a bunch of external drives with existing data that I am hoping to chain off of my windows home server. Is this possible? It seems that the only storage that can be used with a Windows Home Server is if you add it and let Windows Home Server wipe it clean and start over which isn't going to work for me. If Windows Home Server won't do this, can anyone suggest a Windows Product that will let me create a desktop machine that basically acts as a file server where I can remotely access/mount all of these existing drives that I have and access from elsewhere in my home or away from home?  Thanks!!
    Wednesday, June 23, 2010 3:30 PM


  • If you want the drive to be part of server storage, then no. You can manage the drive manually, if you want (though doing so is unsupported), but shares won't appear in the console, you'll have to create them manually, they won't appear on the remote Access web site, etc.

    And when you add a drive to server storage, it will always be formatted.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:17 PM