Accessing Windows 2012 Backup files
Posted on 2013-08-27
From the Win2012 dashboard, I performed a successful backup to an external USB hard disk.
To make sure that it is a good backup, I tried simulating a restore.
(The minimalist program provides no way of validating the backup file(s) )
And found that the backup program has no problem accessing and identify the backup set.
I therefore have to assume it is good.
However, the external disk is not visible in Windows Explorer.
(Not just the server but also when connected to any other computer).
Disk management sees the disk, identifying it as a single NTFS primary partition.
But no drive letter is allocated.
My question is, if the volume is not visible,
1) How do I ascertain how much of the disk capacity has been used
2) Determine the size of the backup set. This would help estimating size of online backup storage requirements.
Talk about being clean and minimalist, but this is going a bit too far don't you think.
Is there another way to run the backup routine, instead of from the Dashboard.?
Perhaps, that way, more functionalities are exposed.
Your help, Experts, is most appreciated. Thanks