I purchased a pair of MyBook 4TB drives about a year ago to be used for Windows Small Business Server 2011 (Similar to Windows Server 2008) backups, using the built in utility. That utility assumes the presence of 512 sectors and will fail on 4k drives. After receiving the drives, I succesfully used WD’s “Quick Formatter” utility to convert them to 512e and began making backups, rotating the drives once per week, and have continued to do so for the past year.
This past weekend, I attempted a server storage upgrade. My plan was to pull the old drives, install two brand new ones, create the appropriate RAIDS/Virtual disks and then restore the most recent backup from the MyBooks. Well, it appears that SBS also has issues restoring from USB 3.0… In this case, I was forced to share the drive over the LAN (which is only 100Mbps…) for the restore, which then worked slowly, but OK.
In the future, I would like to avoid this extra step/slowness. If I pull the MyBook drives from their casing, I know that I will lose the information on them (its apparently encrypted/decrypted on the fly), but could I just pop them into drive caddys, insert those directly into the server and backup to them that way? This will only work if the bare drives themselves are capable of 512e, so I guess that is really my question.
Thanks in advance!