Retain Shadow Copy Data - Server Upgrade

Hi I'm getting rid of an old SBS 2011 server but would like to keep the shadow copy data, is this possible?

All of the data is on a separate drive, but would either like to move this to another location (or keep on the same drive) and still be able to access it when the server is rebuilt.

Is this possible at all?

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David AtkinTechnical DirectorCommented:
Why do you want to do this?

You're best option is to keep your backup drives rather than make copies of your shadow copies.
RedDoorSuppliesAuthor Commented:
So when I format the OS drives and reload them with server 2012r2 will I still be able to access the data on the shadow copy drive?

As the data is not stored in a usual format (so you cant just browse to the hard drive and find the folder) will I still be able to assess the shadow copy data?

Hope that makes a bit more sense.

Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
If  your concerned about not accessing user data after upgrading consider using ROBOCOPY to copy all data to another location... either a network share or a dedicated drive either internal or external.  Also, if the current drives are from 3 or more years ago consider replacing them rather than reformatting them.  New drives will be less likely to fail over the life of the new OS.  

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David AtkinTechnical DirectorCommented:
Ahh I get you.  So you're going to be re-installing your SBS 2011 server with Server 2012?

If so I would take a more careful approach about it personally.  I would copy the information to another place prior to the transfer.  Or better yet, virtualise the existing SBS 2011 onto another server so that its sat working before installing Server 2012 onto its hardware.

Sorry Larry, didn't realise you had commented.  As Larry suggested, Robocopy would be a good tool to copy the data to another location.

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RedDoorSuppliesAuthor Commented:
Ok so I have taken a copy of all the data from the server.

I then formatted the OS drive leaving the data drive and shadow copy drive intact.

Once Windows 2012r2 was installed I was obviously able to access the data drive and when I right click on the folders and select previous versions all the data is there!

So it appears it will still retain the shadow copy information and you can still access it once the OS has been changed.

Thanks for all the help on this!
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