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    If you ever find you need extra storage for your WHS, one of the cool things you can do is add an external hard drive. If you’re a beginner and aren’t comfortable adding an internal drive, an easy solution is adding an external drive and here’s how.

     

    This is another post in the WHS-101 Series.

    Add an External Hard Drive

    The first thing to do is to plug in your external drive to your WHS and power it up. Then go to one of the computers on your network and open the Windows Home Server Console. At the top, click on Server storage, and you should see the new drive, but it hasn’t been added to your storage pool yet.

     

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    Adding the drive is a simple process. Just right-click on it and select Add.

     

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    Now the Add a Hard Drive Wizard launches.

     

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    Next select Add this hard drive to your server storage to increase the storage capacity of your home server. The other option is used to backup files and folders to an external drive which we previously covered.

     

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    A warning screen shows next, but don’t be worried. It’s just letting you know the drive will be formatted and all files deleted. If you’re not using a brand new drive, make sure you have any data you need from it backed up to another location first.

     

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    After you click Finish, wait while the drive is formatted and prepared for your server. The amount of time it takes will vary between systems and the size of the drive. When we installed a new 1TB external drive it took about 2-3 minutes, but your mileage may vary.

     

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    That  is all there is to it! Your external drive has been successfully added to your storage pool and you have extra space.

     

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    Provided the process completed successfully, you should see the drive listed under the Server Storage section in the Console and it should appear healthy.

     

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    You will also see the extra storage space in the graphic in the left panel.

     

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    If you need additional storage for your WHS and don’t want to crack the case and install an internal drive, adding an external drive is easy and effective. While adding an external drive is an easy way to add extra storage, you might experience some latency issues while data is accessed from it. I used to run a WHS build with 2 external drives and now only have one and sometimes when I try to access data, there is a bit of delay while the drive is accessed, but it’s not a deal breaker.

     

    What about you guys? Do you notice much delay if you’re using external drives on your WHS? Leave a comment and let us know, or head over to the Home Server Show Forums for more discussion.

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