Windows Server Backup Hardware

Hello Experts, does anyone have a recommended USB drive for backups on a Windows 2008 and 2012 server?

If I read the compatibility of most USB drives it does NOT list windows Server 2008 and 2012. I am sure there is a good reason and I don't want to get into the details when I am trying to perform a recovery.

I would even consider a system such as webitech which has a removable drive and you just load SATA drives and exchange them out of the connected device.
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I would get a simple USB dock into which you can drop any desktop HD into. That is the cheapest way and you don't need any USB "black boxes". You can then use old 2nd hand disks to backup to. If you are using the built backup software of Windows 2008, make sure you use 512 sector HD's, and not the newer 4k disks, as the backup tool of 2008 r2 doesn't support those. Usually disks larger than 2TB are 4k.

The backup tool of Windows 2012 also supports the 4k disks.
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I've used External USb drives on Windows 2003 & 2008 servers for the last seven years. I've seen good and back combinations and have experimented with USB 2.0 and 3.0 drives and adapters on Dell servers.

Here are a a few of the guidelines we follow for consistently stable backups:
- We currently have 15 Verbatim USB 3.0 2TB external drives in a storage pool.
- We had bad luck with WD, Seagate and others.
- USB 3.0 drives are a must with at least 7200 RPM drives.
- A good USB 3.0 adapter card helps speed and system stability
- Check on the USB 3.0 adapter & USB hub to verify they work with your server.
- Verify your server has the connections required to power up the USB adapter
- I always use drives with an external AC adapter
- Connect all hardware to a properly sized battery backup
- We have Backup Exec 2014 installed over five servers. It works great
- If you need multiple drives, set them up in a storage pool in your backup application.

Hope this helps!

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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
We tried the E-Sata dock before at one of our client offices. From experience, unless you install it and leave it as a constantly connected drive, I would not use it. We had a few instances where Windows Server didn't recognize the partition on the drive after it was removed (properly) and reconnectd a few weeks later. The drive is also exposed to dust and open to being touched or moved by someone who might be curious when they see it.  I prefer an enclosed & protected drive if you intend to use it in a business setting.  Not saying it is a bad product. I just thought it was more of a consumer vs business solution.

Hope this info helps!
Of course the dock would always be connected. You just need to remove the disks. Dust shouldn't be a problem, as most of these docks have a cover over the slot when there is no disk inside, and besides that, you'd probably remove the disk from last night's backup and insert the one for the next backup anyway so it is ready for backing up again.

Another advantage of docks is that it is easier to store the disks themselves, you don't have to take care of USB cables hanging out of each disk, you can just stack them cleanly.
tucktechAuthor Commented:
Hello Experts, here is the thing... I purchase several of these "Silicon Power 1TB Rugged Armor A30 Shockproof Standard 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 Military Grade External Portable Hard Drive,Black (SP010TBPHDA30S3K)" from Amazon and before opening the box it says compatible with Win XP, 7, Vista and 8... It concerns me that it does not have any Server OS.. there is a reason that the manufacturer did not put it on the list.

I thought it might be a good idea that it was shock proof so if dropped it would have a "better" chase of being reliable than regular external drive.

What is spooking me is that I had an external drive and it was not "Windows Server" compatible however it worked at first but it stopped working and I called the mfg and they said sorry, it is not compatible.  

I want to make sure the backups are working correctly for my client.
Check this out and provide any other feedback, thanks
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
Do you have. Usb 3.0 adaptor card or Usb 3.0 port? Depending on that and how much data you plan to backup, your backups could take s long time.

The drive speed is 5400 rpm. That's the slowest speed drive you can buy. The drive size is only 1 TB. Hope you have enough drive capacity to take a full server backup and incrementals.
i suggest buying at least 3.5" drives - with 7200 RPM
the reason server OS are not listed is that laptop drives never are used for servers - but they would work
Don't waste your money buying such finished USB disks. You'll be far better off using docks and normal desktop disks as I mentioned. That combination works with all OS's and is cheap. If you want to shock proof things, use a foam clad case when you carry them around.
tucktechAuthor Commented:
Ordered internal drives and a SAT3520U3R drive enclosure.  This should work nice for backing up.
tucktechAuthor Commented:
I think I have a good solution for some clients.  I will test first but it seems practical.
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