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    Hi guys

    I use the Backup and restore program in win7 to backup my docs/emails etc...
    But i have two (2) identical size and model usb harddrives so I can swop between the two on a daily basis

    But the issue is that when I setup a daily schedule for a harddrive, it works fine until I swop around the 2 drives then suddenly win7 backup apps does not pick up the usb drive saying that its diconnected until i swop back again to find that it picks it up fine.
    Seems to me the usb drive that one uses to make the daily schedule is the only drive working

    How can I setup a daily backup on win7 and rotate between the 2 drives

    thank you

  • #2
    Re: Backup win7 pc on 2 identical usb harddrives

    Are both drives getting the same drive letter??

    What is your scheduled task like fo the backup routine?? Can you post it??

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    • #3
      Re: Backup win7 pc on 2 identical usb harddrives

      you need to add both drives to the backup routine.
      it doesn't recognise them as being the same.
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      • #4
        Re: Backup win7 pc on 2 identical usb harddrives

        Hi thereWullieb1

        Yes both devices are getting the same drive letter and the same description. I will try and post the schedule here, thank you
        tehcamel: How do I add both drives to the backup routine?

        thanks
        Henkl

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        • #5
          Re: Backup win7 pc on 2 identical usb harddrives

          Its not the drive letter, its a "tag" windows backup adds tothe drives that causes the problem

          From experience, only real solution is to do a scripted backup (command line using wbadmin) and schedule it every other day, then do a different one (yes, I know it backs up the same files) for the alternate days on the other drive

          Or look for a 3rd party product such as BackupAssist
          Tom Jones
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          • #6
            Re: Backup win7 pc on 2 identical usb harddrives

            i've got WSB doing this for a client with SBS.. on my desktop,

            backup and restore application > change settings >

            ahh.. crap.. Desktop backup won't do this..
            i shall consider..
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            • #7
              Re: Backup win7 pc on 2 identical usb harddrives

              Acronis True Image is a great third party option if you are looking.

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