SBS 2008, USB drive formerly used for backup apparently not released fully
Posted on 2011-02-10
Am using the built-in Windows Server Backup in SBS 2008. Using the Backup console, I released an external usb drive from the list of configured backup drives.
Since then, I've used the drive as a sort of utility storage device, and have transferred a number of large files from Win 7 workstations. But when I attach the drive to the sbs box, Explorer won't recognize it, thus I can't access those files when the drive is attached to the server. I guess the server didn't fully release the drive?
Suppose I should have reformatted the drive straight away when I attached it to a win7 box, but as I I was able to use the drive successfully, assumed I didn't need to. Granted, I could transfer the many gigs of data on the usb drive somewhere temporarily, format the drive, then transfer back. But iit's enough of a pain that I'd prefer not to. Besides, my curiosity is piqued now as to what's going on and whether it's possible to get this drive into a usable state as-is.