Azure Data Box Disk system requirements

This article describes the important system requirements for your Microsoft Azure Data Box Disk solution and for the clients connecting to the Data Box Disk. We recommend that you review the information carefully before you deploy your Data Box Disk, and then refer back to it as necessary during the deployment and subsequent operation.

The system requirements include the supported platforms for clients connecting to disks, supported storage accounts, and storage types.

Review prerequisites

  1. You must have ordered your Data Box Disk using the Tutorial: Order your Azure Data Box Disk. You have received your disks and one connecting cable per disk.

  2. You have a client computer available from which you can copy the data. Your client computer must:

    • Run a supported operating system.
    • Have other required software installed.

Supported operating systems for clients

Here is a list of the supported operating systems for the disk unlock and data copy operation via the clients connected to the Data Box Disk.

Operating system Tested versions
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
2012 R2
Windows (64-bit) 7, 8, 10, 11
  • Ubuntu
  • Debian
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
  • CentOS

  • 14.04, 16.04, 18.04
    8.11, 9
    6.5, 6.9, 7.0, 7.5

    Other required software for Windows clients

    For Windows client, following should also be installed.

    Software Version
    Windows PowerShell 5.0
    .NET Framework 4.5.1
    Windows Management Framework 5.1
    BitLocker -

    Other required software for Linux clients

    For Linux client, the Data Box Disk toolset installs the following required software:

    • dislocker
    • OpenSSL

    Supported connection

    The client computer containing the data must have a USB 3.0 or later port. The disks connect to this client using the provided cable.

    Supported storage accounts

    Here is a list of the supported storage types for the Data Box Disk.

    Storage account Supported access tiers
    Classic Standard
    General-purpose v1 Standard Hot, Cool
    General-purpose v1 Premium
    General-purpose v2 Standard* Hot, Cool
    General-purpose v2 Premium
    Blob storage account
    Block Blob storage Premium

    * Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 (ADLS Gen2) is supported.


    Network File System (NFS) 3.0 protocol support in Azure Blob storage is not supported with Data Box Disk.

    Supported storage types for upload

    Here is a list of the storage types supported for uploaded to Azure using Data Box Disk.

    File format Notes
    Azure block blob
    Azure page blob
    Azure Files
    Managed Disks