In fairness to BackupAssist, at least in the stuff in the UK's vendor, it does make it clear that there is a 2TB limitation, but I read that to be a limitation of BUA ( and Microsofts) to back up FROM >2TB, not TO partitions >2TB. Caveat emptor
Yes you read it right, you can't create a VHD file any larger than 2TB hence you can't image a partition larger than 2TB. We have to wait for the new VHDX format for that and I assume that will also resolve the 512b issue. Thing is that doesn't stop you backing up a system larger that 2TB if you split the backup jobs and methods accordingly. The drive issue is different, if the drive doesn't work (regardless of size) you can't do bare metal and as we all know that is not recommended best practise!
I see on Zen's site there is a one liner about 4k sector disks. Not sure how long that's been there, maybe they added after I moaned about it to them last week
Still it's not that simple since most new drives will be 4k now anyway, it's that some work with 512e (512 b emulation) and some don't. Some have 512e but don't appear to work behind a sata <-> usb interface but are fine if directly connected to the machine's sata interface. How do we know what works and what doesn't? I for one are not in a position to keep purchasing drives until I find something that works.
This is where I think BA should step in and help by collating a list of compatible drives or finding a work around. It's extremely frustrating to simply be told by support to contact the drive manufacturer, guess what, I contacted the drive manufacturer and they said.... " contact your software vendor". "Hand washing" really is the worst kind of support, stepping up and taking ownership is the way to hang onto users. At present, if I want to be confident new drives are going to work as bare metal backup media I'm going to have to turn to a different product (like Storagecraft's ShadowProtect) for my solutions portfolio. This is not where I want to be, I like BA alot
Can anyone recommend 3TB usb drives that work?