Setup new drive in Windows Server Backup in 2012 r2

Barbour 21 Reputation points
2021-12-06T15:07:16.783+00:00

I'm running Windows Server 2012 R2. I just bought a pair of new Seagate One Touch 4 TB drives to use for my alternating backups to replace the current Seagate One Touch 2 TB drives I have running now because one of the old 2 TB drives went bad so rather than replacing the bad one, I bought 2 matching upgraded drives to replace the pair. They came in exFAT format. So, I reformatted them in NTFS using Disk Manager. I also noticed "200 MB Healthy (EFI System Partition)' on the drive. Does that partition need to be deleted in order for Windows Server Backup to recognize it as a backup drive? ...because when I run Backup "Schedule Wizard > Keep or Change Backup Destinations" to add my drive. However, I get an error that reads "No disks are available for use as a backup storage destination. This can happen when all disks attached to the computer contain volumes with operating system or application data. Attach an empty disk to use as a backup storage destination." ...otherwise, what steps am I missing or what else am I doing wrong?

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Windows Server: A family of Microsoft server operating systems that support enterprise-level management, data storage, applications, and communications.Backup: A duplicate copy of a program, a disk, or data, made either for archiving purposes or for safeguarding valuable files from loss should the active copy be damaged or destroyed.
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  1. Dave Patrick 426.1K Reputation points MVP
    2021-12-06T15:22:34.77+00:00

    Does that partition need to be deleted in order for Windows Server Backup to recognize it as a backup drive?

    Could be right, as far as I know the disk should be empty.

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  2. Dave Patrick 426.1K Reputation points MVP
    2021-12-06T15:47:50.417+00:00

    Generally the (EFI System Partition) is the windows boot sector so be careful. You could try moving the disk to another pc to repartition the disk.

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