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XenServer 5.6 attach NTFS usb 1Tb HD w/data on drive

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I have XenServer 5.6 (free version) installed and have win 2k8 r2 installed as a VM.

The external drive has about 300Gb worth of data and the drive is formatted NTFS.

I can attach the drive as external storage in XenServer no problem and the drives shows up in Windows Server 2k8 R2 as drive E:.

The problem is, when I click on the drive to access the data, windows asks if I want to format the drive.

Is there a way to attach the drive and be able to retain the data on the drive? I want the drive available locally and not through a shared resource.
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by:setasoujiro
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you could try and look in disk management , and try to give a driveletter to the disk/initialise the disk
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by:jchongers71
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In disk management the drive shows up as two partitions. Please see image.
 Disk Management, External USB HD
The drive is suppose to have a single partition and formatted NTFS. I have verified this by connecting it to a workstation with XP.

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by:jchongers71
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Additional comment - I am curious to know why a drive that is formatted NTFS and has data on it can not be added to a VM running under XenServer. Seems to be broken in my opinion!
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TobiasHolm earned 500 total points
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I suggest you connect the drive to a WinXP machine, then copy the data to the local HD (assuming you have 300GB available on the XP machine). Then connect the drive to the virtual server, repartition the drive and format it, then copy the data over the network from the XP machine to the virtual servers external HD.

Regards, Tobias
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by:jchongers71
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I was looking for a solution that did not involve me transferring large amounts of data over the network. I want to connect the drive to the physical machine that is running xenserver with server 2k8 vm.

Seems like a lot of hoop jumping to connect a simple device with data on.

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by:TobiasHolm
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Yes, a lot of hoop jumping, but in this case I dosen't see a better solution.

Regards, Tobias
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by:jchongers71
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I need to pre-seed the information to get it ready for DFS replication.

Thanks
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

no resolution was provided.
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Modguy: You are right, I was too quick to delete the question without giving due credit.

Thanks again.
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