HD Cap and image size cap?

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HD Cap and image size cap?

Postby cory45 » Sat May 21, 2016 6:25 am

Is there a cap on the size of hard drive and/or image size this software can handle? Like going to 3-4 TB drives?

Server 2008 r2 -- Dell server. Hosting other VMs.

Backup assist is working completely fine. We're just curious about a hard drive / image size cap.
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Re: HD Cap and image size cap?

Postby Stuart » Mon May 23, 2016 10:52 am

Hi Cory,

It's Stuart from the BackupAssist team.

There aren't any limitations within BackupAssist specifically, however there are limitations within Windows which may come into play.
If you are wanting to run image based backups, then Server 2008 R2 doesn't support drives that are typically over 2TB in size (advanced format drives). However from Server 2012 onwards this limitation does not exist as Microsoft implemented support for these drives.

The following KB article may help in explaining this for you: https://www.backupassist.com/support/en/knowledgebase/BA2517-System-Protection-is-unable-to-back-up-to-a-disk-with-4-KB-sectors.html.

There is also a Microsoft community article outlining peoples successes with particular drives with Windows Backup on operating systems which didn't include native support for advanced format drives:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1780.windows-small-business-server-external-backup-drives-compatibility-list.aspx.

File Protection and File Archiving engines aren't applicable to these limitations and should be fine backing up to any drive.
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