How to Use an External Hard Drive for a Windows Home Server


Windows Home Server allows you to connect centralized server storage to your home network, making shared files easily accessible whether or not a computer is powered on. Home Servers generally come with a set amount of hard disk space, but it won't prevent you from adding additional storage as it becomes needed. Adding additional storage to your Windows Home Server, via an external hard drive, is a simple and easy process, and the external hard drive is a good place to back up important data on the computers in your local network or on the Home Server itself.

  • Connect the external hard drive that you wish to use for extra storage to your Windows Home Server.

  • Open the Windows Home Server application.

  • Click on the "Server Storage" icon and locate the newly listed drive. Right click on it and select "Add" from the drop-down menu.

  • Click the "Next" button on the drive wizard. On the following screen, select the radio button that says "Add this hard drive to your server storage to increase the storage capacity of your home server." Click the "Next" button to proceed.

  • Select the "Finish" button when you are prompted with the warning to format your hard drive.

  • Click "Done" once you have finished. Your external hard drive has now been added to your Windows Home Server console.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before formatting your hard drive, ensure that any files that are stored on it are either no longer needed or saved onto a CD or disk. Once your hard drive is formatted, you will not be able to retrieve these files.
  • Be sure to remove the hard drive using the Windows Home Server console before physically disconnecting it from the server. You can do so by right clicking on the drive and selecting "Remove."

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