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Server 2008 and external USB Hard drives

    Question

  • Has anyone successfully got a Dell RD1000 external USB backup drive to remain a recognized device in Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard?

    I have 2 x RD1000 external drives in my office that will work & be recognized as external HDD's as long as they aren't plugged in to a Server 2008 O/S.  They will work as long as you don't have to reboot, then it's just a coin flip as to whether it'll show back up in My Computer or if you'll spend the next few hours uninstalling, rebooting, deleting reg keys, rebooting & so on & so forth until the drive shows back up.  Looking at most forums it doesn't look like SBS 2011 is fairing much better in the external hard drive world...Great.

    I've been thru forum after forum, blog after blog & thread after thread...I've tried about every hack, fix or piece of advice anyone could have on this issue and still...the problem remains.

     

    Saturday, October 08, 2011 8:36 PM

Answers

  • Use those RD1000 on desktops, not on SBS or other Server 2008 or 2008R2 systems.  For a list of sucessfully used external backup drives look here:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1780.aspx

    And for a discussion of SBS (and therefore Server 2008/2008R2) backups, look here:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1919.aspx

    Note that both documents are works in progress, as are most things computer, execpt perhaps for the HP Touchpad and such that are no longer with us.


    Larry Struckmeyer[SBS-MVP]
    Saturday, October 08, 2011 10:39 PM
  • If you must keep the drives, BackupAssist is known to work with them, and
    BackupAssist works with SBS. Otherwise, if you want to use native
    windows/sbs backup, get different drives. External USB disks are so
    inexpensive now that it doesn't really make sense anymore to do the 'I'd
    rather fight than switch' thing ;-).
     
    Those drives have been an issue ever since I can remember.
     
    --
    -----------------------------------------------
    Les Connor [Ex SBS MVP 2001-2011]
     
    "Larry Struckmeyer [SBS-MVP]" wrote in message
    news:139c551e-ce67-4035-b0d5-bfd31258067b@communitybridge.codeplex.com...
    > Use those RD1000 on desktops, not on SBS or other Server 2008 or 2008R2
    > systems.  For a list of sucessfully used external backup drives look here:
    >
    >
    > And for a discussion of SBS (and therefore Server 2008/2008R2) backups,
    > look here:
    >
    >
    > Note that both documents are works in progress, as are most things
    > computer, execpt perhaps for the HP Touchpad and such that are no longer
    > with us.
    >
    >
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Larry Struckmeyer[SBS-MVP]
     
     

    Ex MVP-SBS (2001-2011)
    Saturday, October 08, 2011 10:50 PM

All replies

  • Use those RD1000 on desktops, not on SBS or other Server 2008 or 2008R2 systems.  For a list of sucessfully used external backup drives look here:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1780.aspx

    And for a discussion of SBS (and therefore Server 2008/2008R2) backups, look here:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1919.aspx

    Note that both documents are works in progress, as are most things computer, execpt perhaps for the HP Touchpad and such that are no longer with us.


    Larry Struckmeyer[SBS-MVP]
    Saturday, October 08, 2011 10:39 PM
  • If you must keep the drives, BackupAssist is known to work with them, and
    BackupAssist works with SBS. Otherwise, if you want to use native
    windows/sbs backup, get different drives. External USB disks are so
    inexpensive now that it doesn't really make sense anymore to do the 'I'd
    rather fight than switch' thing ;-).
     
    Those drives have been an issue ever since I can remember.
     
    --
    -----------------------------------------------
    Les Connor [Ex SBS MVP 2001-2011]
     
    "Larry Struckmeyer [SBS-MVP]" wrote in message
    news:139c551e-ce67-4035-b0d5-bfd31258067b@communitybridge.codeplex.com...
    > Use those RD1000 on desktops, not on SBS or other Server 2008 or 2008R2
    > systems.  For a list of sucessfully used external backup drives look here:
    >
    >
    > And for a discussion of SBS (and therefore Server 2008/2008R2) backups,
    > look here:
    >
    >
    > Note that both documents are works in progress, as are most things
    > computer, execpt perhaps for the HP Touchpad and such that are no longer
    > with us.
    >
    >
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Larry Struckmeyer[SBS-MVP]
     
     

    Ex MVP-SBS (2001-2011)
    Saturday, October 08, 2011 10:50 PM