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SBS 2011 Backup Hard Drives

I will be setting up a SBS 2011 Server with A RAID 5 3 * 900 GB SAS drives - I would like to use the built in SBS backup with external hard drives - please can someone recomend support external drives to use?
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Chris MillardCommented:
Pretty much any external hard drives can be used. I use 2 TB Seagate GoFlex drives with USB 3.0.
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rindiCommented:
I would get an external dock to which you can attach any retail HD. One thing though, don't use drives with more than 2TB, as the internal Windows backup software can't use them (or you'd have to partition them so the partitions don't exceed 2TB).

http://www.wiebetech.com/
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
SBS is rather "fussy" as to what drives can be used. As a result there is a wiki that was set up specifically for IT pros to report what drives they have found work and what drives do not:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1780.aspx
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duffmeCommented:
Make your own using enclosures and SATA drives as rindi mentions.  The warranties on these drives will be longer than a 'package'.  I kind of cringe a little if that is your total backup solution though.  Tapes can be cheaply and safely stored off-site.  You can back up to a remote hard drive for better security as well.
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driftwood9267Author Commented:
Relating to the cringe comment isn't this Microsoft's chosen method by not supporting tape drives with their built in software and tapes are fairly cheap but the hardware cost for a 1 tb capable tape  drive is not
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Correct. SBS's built-in backup, which works extremely well, ONLY supports physically attached drives. Using an internal drive would give little protection and no ability to swap drives. Therefore external USB drives are ideal, and can be easily swapped as SBS manages all drives and backups. Ideally you want at least 5 and take them off-site daily. The catch is it is fussy about the drives you use, thus the wiki I pointed out earlier. Generally devices with their own software and or partitioning will not work, as well as drives using a docking station like RD/RDX. SBS needs to be able to "take possession" of the entire drive.

Restores are extremely easy with this method.
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driftwood9267Author Commented:
Thanks my general policy is to use 5 external hard drives so we are thinking along the same lines
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Ideal.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
PS: There is nothing wrong with using tape for backup, or external docking stations, but you need to buy 3rd party software. Windows backup, not SBS, will work with docking stations, but not tape, however there are limitations.
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duffmeCommented:
Glad you guys flushed out the importance of taking the backups offsite.  My cringe comment was only related to having the only backup sitting next to the primary storage.  One power/fire/etc event takes out both primary and backup.
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driftwood9267Author Commented:
With 5 external hard drives being used for the backup - we always recomend a fire proof safe for our clients with at least one hard drive being taken off site.
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