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#61124 10-May-2010 12:20
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Hey

I'm moving from Oz to NZ soon and am considering selling my WHS PC before I come back, to avoid having to ship it home.  I'd like to keep the drives however.  If I were to remove the drives from my WHS would the data remain intact and extractable?  

I'm not 100% sure I'll continue with WHS when I come home, I may just go with a standalone NAS as all I need is file sharing and duplication, I don't run any Windows PCs anymore so those features are redundant for me.

Therefore when I get back to NZ I'd like to be able to get a SATA Dock and extract the data from the existing folders on them.  Will this be possible?  Will I be able to see a folder tree?  Or would I need to install the drives in a WHS PC to be able to read the content of the datastore?

I'll be retiring the drives once I extract the data so basically I need to be able to read the content (preferably just via a SATA dock) and copy the data to some newer external hard drives for storage while I source a new NAS and some new drives.  It would clearly be preferable if I could get the external drives before I leave Oz and just copy the content directly from the WHS to the drives but I'm not sure I can stretch the budget to getting the external drives before I leave, so I may just need to come straight home with the WHS drives themselves.

Is this possible?   

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  #328476 10-May-2010 13:13
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It might be easier just to backup your WHS to an external USB HDD device ? It would be safer :-)

Though I'm not sure what format the backup files would be in - if they are individually accessible ....




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  #328491 10-May-2010 14:00
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Once you unplug a drive from your Windows Home Server you can mount on another PC and it will be just like any other NTFS drive. All your files will be there, with the correct folder structure.

Of course if you had duplication turned on for your system then you will find the same file twice across all the drives you have.

It could be better to just copy the contents from your Windows Home Server before you uninstall the drives, to make it easier.





 

 

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  #328502 10-May-2010 14:21
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Thanks guys, as I say I won't have an external drive handy before I sell the PC, so my only option is to remove the drives and bring them home with me and then copy the files off at a later date.

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