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Error when restoring a client backup - Says drive "Z:" is unformatted

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ikon

Yup. try to avoid HomeGroups at all when using WHS2011 as your file/backup server.

 

The other thing I always do when running into issues with a disk is run CHKDSK.

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RWG3

Thanks ikon...   I did run CHKDSK on the Pavilion "S:" ... no errors... so that's not it.   

 

I've got 4 home computers using HOMEGROUP to share printers and other file shares...   I'm sure I can unwind it... but I've got a little work todo.... 

 

I appreciate the response.

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ikon

No problem. CHKDSK is just one of those things I do. It at least eliminates file system errors at the cause of a problem.

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gcoupe

You should be OK just dropping the WHS out of the Homegroup.

 

All my client PCs are in a Homegroup (I need it for ease of printer and document sharing), and I've never had any issues, because the WHS itself is not in the Homegroup.

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jmwills

True, however, if you use the server to it's full potential, the roles of a file server and print server can be transferred and that one client does not have to stay on all the time.

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Drashna Jaelre

Yup. try to avoid HomeGroups at all when using WHS2011 as your file/backup server.

 

The other thing I always do when running into issues with a disk is run CHKDSK.

*gasp* you don't install StableBit Scanner?! :P

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ikon

Actually, no, I don't. It wouldn't help with file system issues anyway. I do use SpinRite religiously, even on brand new drives.

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Drashna Jaelre

Why not run both? :)

SpinRite to fix FS and low level issues, Scanner to check and fix files, and to warn you about failure.  I mean, how can you go wrong with that?

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ikon

I did try out SBS on my WHSv1 and it worked 'OK'. I had some issues with it hanging up, but I definitely liked the functionality.

 

On my WHS2011 box, I'm using a 3ware/LSI RAID card for my drive pool (4x2TB WD RE4 HDDs). I believe I did try loading SBS but, IIRC, it could not see the individual drives, which pretty much negates its usefullness.

 

BTW, just for clarity, SpinRite will not fix FS issues; it works at the cluster level and is actually OS & FS agnostic.

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Drashna Jaelre

That's what I meant. I'm not used to being awake before noon lately, and have been up since 7am this morning... after trying to beat my server into submission all weekend.

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