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Summary: a restore of data from the server backup on the 3TB drive was successful. A full restore of the hard drive with the system partition on it was not successful, but I haven't isolated the root cause to the 3TB drive, yet. If there is some kind of log files that will show what has happened I will be glad to provide it if you tell me how to get that info. Even though the data restore worked, with all of the uncertainty around the 3TB drive, I think I will get some 2TB drives and call it a day. I need to be working on my business rather than endless hours on techie stuff. The details for those that want it:


What worked:

I've completed a backup and I successfully restored files from a data partition. I backed up the main 160GB hard drive which is partitioned into the hidden system partition, the C partition with operating system files, and the D partition for data, on which I placed four video files in the shared "Videos" folder for this test. This was backed up to the 3TB Seagate HD, which again, shows a full 3TB available. This backup completed sucessfully. I then deleted two of the four video files and performed a restore using the "Restore files or folders for the server" option under the Computers and Backup area selecting only the two deleted files for restoration. It sucessfully restored the two deleted files. There is no question about it. I haven't yet tried to restore a full data partition or a full data hard drive so I don't know how that will go.


What did not work :

But I did try to restore the full system hard drive and ran into problems and so far have been unsuccessful at restoring it. I actually couldn't find a well documented procedure so I don't even know if I was following the proper steps. And, I haven't yet tried to do that same restore from a backup to a 2TB HD just to see if I have the same problems regardless of the HD size.


Anyway, I booted from the WHS install CD, selected "Repair an existing installation" and went down that path in my attempt to recover the hidden system partition and C partition (OS files) to a blank hard drive. First issue was a "bmrui.exe - Application Error" which a google search found a fix for by adding a drive letter to the backup hard drive. I was then able to get to the point of selecting the latest backup to use for the recovery and click next which I think should have begun the restore, but it gives "The system image restore failed. ….The computer needs to be restarted to finish preparing a hard disk for restore." Which I read happens when the destination HD is smaller that the original HD that was backed up, which was not so in my case, so I stopped here. I've got to do some real work, but if I get the chance in the next few weeks, I will do a backup to a 2TB drive and see if I run into the same issues or not just to satisfy my curiosity.

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We appreciate your experimentation as this subject comes up now and than, however, I can tell you will not be able to restore the server in full from a 3T drive. As you pointed out, restoring data works great and I have verified that with a large RAID partition as well. Let us know if it worked for you with a 2T drive. Also, looking at your setup, why not switch one of the 2T for a 3T eliminate some concerns. Good luck.

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Restore from a backup on a 2TB HD failed exactly like that from the 3TB HD. So, the failure has a root cause that I need to correct before I do anything else related to this 3TB drive. I'll open a separate thread for that if I can't figure it out. Once I get the backup and restore working with the 2TB drive, I'll try again with the 3TB incorporating those fixes and let you know the result.


Separate question: So it appears that I can backup data up to 2TB in size going to a 3TB HD. Can I fill up the 3TB HD with full backups and incrementals as long as none are bigger than 2TB each? And more imporantly, can I restore from that group of backups which total more than 2TB? For example, a 1.9TB full BU with 4 or 5 100GB incremental BUs. thanks

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