How do I prepare a drive for rotation for Server 2008 Backup?

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I have scoured the Internet for an answer, including Microsoft's own site, and have found zero information on how to do this. Currently, our two Windows 2008 Servers backup every night to two removable USB hard drives. That is working beautifully.

I would like to swap out the drives that are currently attached with other drives so I can keep them offsite. Because Windows Server Backup takes ownership of the drives, I am not sure how to put the swap the drives and have them prepared for use by Windows 2008 Server.

Can someone please point me in the right direction? I can't imagine that it would be as easy as just swapping the drives and letting the backup app prepare them automatically.
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>>I would like to swap out the drives that are currently attached with other drives ...

Would you like to swap your drive in HW RAID or your USB drive?
What RAID are you setting up? Is it HW RAID?
What server HW model you are running?

K

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Thank you!!!

They are two Dell PowerEdge T410 running Windows Server 2008. I only want to swap out the USB drives connected to both.
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If they are removable USB drives, I don't see any problems to swap the drives. In regarding to backup, Windows backup will continue doing its job as long as the drive letter is the same. The only thing you should do is creating a full backup on the new drives and increment your backup. You should always perform a full backup weekly or monthly anyway.

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When I first attached the drives, the backup app took over the drives and prepared them. My concern is replacing the drive and having it do it's thing with it. I am not finding an option to prepare a drive, and don't want the existing drive locked out once a new one is in play.
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don't want the existing drive locked out once a new one is in play.....

NO. It doesn't lock out. If you are using Removable Storage to manage media, or you are using the Remote Storage to store data, then you should regularly back up the files that are in the following folders:
Systemroot\System32\Ntmsdata
Systemroot\System32\Remotestorage
This ensures that all Removable Storage and Remote Storage data can be restored. So go ahead and backup these two files to your old drive before you use the new one. You should do the same for the new one to prepare for the future drive swap.
Type the following in command prompt:  ntbackup /?
You can see the option and suggestion about this.

K
I finally called Dell today. They advised that I can just replace the USB external drive with another one with no worries for my backup duties. Thank you.

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