Swap client server backups drives

Chuck Frost 21 Reputation points

Window Server 2016 using the Essential feature.
Currently backing up 50+ computers to a external USB drive. We would like to swap the drive so we can store the backups offsite. Assuming the new drive's data becomes unreadable for some reason or other is it possible to restore the backups and/or the file history backups from the original device?


Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016
A Microsoft server operating system that supports enterprise-level management updated to data storage.
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  1. Leon Laude 85,566 Reputation points

    Hi @Chuck Frost ,

    Yes it should be possible, you can use multiple external storage drives for backups, and you can rotate the drives between onsite and offsite storage locations.

    More information described over here:


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    Best regards,

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  1. Chuck Frost 21 Reputation points

    Great, thanks for the quick response !!

    per the link you posted.

    If you choose a drive that contains previous backups as the backup target, the wizard allows you choose if you want to keep the previous backups. If you keep the backups, the wizard does not format the drive.