External USB drive for Windows Shares

Posted on 2014-07-14
Last Modified: 2014-08-21
Hi Guys,

We have an old HP server and would like to expand the hard drive capacity.
We tried installing an internal SATA drive, but the server keeps losing the virtual drive after a couple of reboots.
* Even after being available in Windows, and data successfully copied to the drive already ...


Is it a workable solution to have an external USB drive storing the shared folders / data on the server?

I guess the only down side could be access speed really?  Am I correct?  Have anyone tried this scenario?
Question by:Rupert Eghardt
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    by:Shaik M. Sajid
    if u can use USB 3 then the speed also u can get...

    for this you have to install usb3  card on the server
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    I have seen exactly the same situation as you described it
    - The speed for accessing the shared folders / data is satisfactory but of course a sugnifetent factor is what the data are. This specific situation has only docs and some very small video files
    - One matter though is the backup of this drive, no raid service exists for sure and it has to be done at night hours (no working hours) because it hangs a bit.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    If you can install a card, don't go with USB 3 - install a RAID controller and connect to an external storage device that support RAID.  We did this at one client using one of these:
    Note: PCIe RAID card included - you might need a different version (Sans Digital makes several - google them).
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    Glad to help

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