pestalent1

USB Dock to internal swap

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If I Initialize and format a drive on my USB dock, then load it up with data (a backup of a internal drive so I can swap it if internal drive fails). If I remove it from USB dock and install it in the computer it says I have to Initialize the disk (thus negating the backup I made). If i initialize and format the drive in the computer, remove it and put in the USB Dock. I get the same thing, Initialize the disk. Why can't I swap them and retain the data? This happens with multiple GPT formatted Hard drives.

I have a few hard drives across multiple machines 3TB 2008r2 and 2012 server.

Please enlighten me with a solution.

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I am beginning to believe my DSH-U382 Sabrent USB dock may not work well with 3tb drives. 2tb and smaller allow me to do what I want to do. I guess I will just have to buy a newer USB Dock, any suggestions. Thanks for your input.

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Most modern USB 3.0 docks do support drives greater than 2TB, but definitely check the specs. I've got a few Startech ones here but I know there's tons of others.

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