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Does reformatting 2tb drive to 512 from 4096 work for sbs 2011 backup

Posted on 2014-09-03
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Hi,

I have a toshiba drive which I reformatted to 512k from 4096 because
I understand that this might solve my backup problem under sbs 2011.

What will happen when I re-attach and reconfigure the drive.
SBS 2011 reformats the drive.  Can I bypass this step and assign the drive
It doesn't look like I can bypass the format of the backup.

Will the format process change my settings:
format f:/a:512

I'm thinking I should have just unplugged the drive as opposed to disabling
the backup.

Thanks in advance,
Isaac
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Actually you cannot format the 4K drive to 512bytes sector size. This is physical sector size. All the formatting with sector size you do refers to file system and not to physical sector size because physical formatting is at the lower level.
The problem with SBS2011 backup tool is that the backup is done to VHD file (standard MS backup outcome) and you could not put this file onto 4K drive till 8.0/2012 Windows versions came AFAIK.
What you can do is either get a drive which emulates 512bytes sectors size for Windows and physically has 4K. There are such drives for old system compatibility.
Or get a backup tool which does backup to 4K drives without any problem.
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