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Copy files from external Hard Drive to WHS 2011 RRS feed

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  • After the upgrade from WHS 2008 to WHS 2011 (I copied all files from WHS 2008) to an external HDD - I wonder if there is a file manager for WHS 2011 so I can copy my files back to the Home Server? Or is there another way to connect an external HDD and copy the relevant files to the Home server directly?

    Thanks, Hans

    Sunday, October 9, 2011 12:00 AM

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  • If you connect the external drive to your Server, it will initially try to use it as a server backup drive. Do not let it do that or your data will be lost. Provided it is already formatted in NTFS, it should be assigned a drive letter and not formatted. Using RDP to your Server (or local logon) you should be able to copy from one to the other. Failing that, provided you have a fast LAN it will be just as easy to copy across your LAN from a Client with the USB disk attached to the Server.

    See below from the on line 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.

    To format the hard disk

    1. Open the Dashboard.

    2. In the navigation pane, click the alert icon to launch the Alert Viewer.

    3. In the Alert Viewer, select this alert, and in Tasks, click Format the hard disk.

    4. Follow the instructions to finish the wizard.

    To clean up the hard drive

    1. Open the Dashboard.

    2. In the navigation pane, click Server Folders and Hard Drives, and then click Hard Drives.

    3. In the Hard drives section, select the drive letter assigned to the newly added hard drive, and in Tasks, click View the hard properties.

    4. In <Driveletter> Properties, in the General tab, click Drive cleanup.


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

    Sunday, October 9, 2011 12:48 AM
  • Don't bother with copying files from one location to another. Install the drive, decline to use it as a backup drive (as Phil says, that will format the drive), then just create shares that are pointed to the data on the drive.

    Or if you want to repurpose the drive later, do the above, then copy from one share to another from any client.


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Sunday, October 9, 2011 6:09 AM