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Windows Server Backup Destination Size Limitation

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On a Windows Server 2012 R2 system, I want to have a USB disk attached locally for backups using the Windows Server Backup.
My understanding is that the disk will end up not having a drive letter and be somewhat hidden.
Is there a size limitation on the disk?  Any special considerations to prepare the disk?
I was thinking I'd seen an article that a Windows 7 machine was limited to a 2 TB USB disk for backup purposes.
I normally use Shadow Protect with a Synology NAS, other pointers in setting up the Windows Server Backup, disk selection and disk preparation would be helpful.
Ideally I would like a local 4TB USB Disk as my destination for backups.
Also if the same details would apply to a Windows Server 2008 R2 system would be helpful to know.
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Thanks!  How would you prepare a 4GB USB Disk for use with Windows Server Backup on Windows 20112 R2?  Special format considerations?
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I'm reading that as part of the backup setup process the disk is automatically formatted by Windows Backup.  Is that correct and if so will it automatically initialize it as GPT?

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I realize that my questions are a bit broad and can start another question if that is needed.
Would anyone care to recommend a 4TB external drive that would be good for DR backups?
I'm looking at the WD 4TB Blue My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBKD0040BBL-NESN on New Egg.  It says it has encryption, which sounds good for the USB drive taken offsite, but would the password get in the way if I'm doing a full Disaster Recovery Restore?  Not sure if the Restore process would give me the opportunity to enter the password.
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