Hot Swap drives as removable media

Hi,

I have an HP 185 G5 storage server with 12 Hot swap drive bays.  It is running Server 2003 but I have 2008 r2 licenses. I am thinking of using it to store backups of my host and guest VM machines.

Is it possible and/or desirable to set up the server as such that at least two drives could be used for nightly backups and rotated as removable media?
smantzDirector of TechnologyAsked:
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
No. The hotswap drive bays for servers are meant for an easy drive change if a disk fails in the RAID array, so you don't need to shutdown. They aren't meant for backups. For backups you should use external devices like disks connected via USB, firewire or eSATA ports, tape drives, or NAS located elsewhere.
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Handy HolderConnect With a Mentor Saggar maker's bottom knockerCommented:
Ditto the above, if you want something cheap for plugging disks into temporarily get something made for it such as http://www.icydock.com/goods_cat.php?id=105 . That way you can at least read the disk on another PC which you couldn't do with the slots in your server because the RAID controller metadata takes up the first few sectors so the partition table isn't where it normally is.
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smantzDirector of TechnologyAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, so what I need to find is something I can connect to this or another NAS that supports Removable devices correct.
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pgm554Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Cheap and sweet is Iomega IX 2 DL with iSCSI that does RAID 1.

You can use regular  WD red  3 or 4 tb disks in RAID 1 for nearline backup.and swap out one for another for a rebuild.

You can also attach usb to the nas for redundancy.

The 2 slot nas is about $79 bucks these days.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=864542&is=REG&A=details&Q=
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smantzDirector of TechnologyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help and I will gladly check these out.
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