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Here is the scenario. HP EX475 WHS (500GB, 2X1.5TB, 2TB internal) + SansDigital TR4M Enclosure via eSATA (4X2TB).

 

For an approx. 4TB shared folder on WHS (v1), I would like to turn off file duplication to free space on the server and backup that share to a seperate TR4M (4X2TB) connected to a client using Windows 7 (Ultimate) Backup.

 

Question #1: Can Windows 7 backup be configured to do this?

 

In a perfect world, I'd like to connect 2 eSATA enclosures to the WHS to expand the capacity---which I understand to be impossible. I am not comfortable with expanding the storage via USB 2.0 device because of reduced throughput.

 

Question #2: Would WHS then necessarily look to backup the client's eSATA enclosure as part of the regular PC backup? (this would defeat the purpose)

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Here is the scenario. HP EX475 WHS (500GB, 2X1.5TB, 2TB internal) + SansDigital TR4M Enclosure via eSATA (4X2TB).

 

For an approx. 4TB shared folder on WHS (v1), I would like to turn off file duplication to free space on the server and backup that share to a seperate TR4M (4X2TB) connected to a client using Windows 7 (Ultimate) Backup.

 

Question #1: Can Windows 7 backup be configured to do this?

 

In a perfect world, I'd like to connect 2 eSATA enclosures to the WHS to expand the capacity---which I understand to be impossible. I am not comfortable with expanding the storage via USB 2.0 device because of reduced throughput.

 

Question #2: Would WHS then necessarily look to backup the client's eSATA enclosure as part of the regular PC backup? (this would defeat the purpose)

 

 

#1 You will most likely need a third party solution such as Acronis to "effectively" do this as you are describing.

 

#2 Any disk can be excluded from the backups so you do not have to backup anything you do not want to.

 

As for your comment on two eSata, it certainly is possible but it requires two controllers. Just get a cheap internal card that adds a controller and you should be good to go.

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