how to "safely remove hardware" for nightly backup to external hard drive

Posted on 2007-10-03
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I used small business server 2003 backup wizard to set up a nightly ntbackup of my entire system.  It goes to an external usb sata hard drive.

Every day I swap the drive and take the latest version offsite.

Before swapping, I have been logging on so I can click on the "safely remove hardware" icon and stop the disk.

I want to turn the disk rotation over to the office manager, but I don't want him to be signing in to the server every day, even with a non-administrative user id.

Is there anyway to automate the "safely remove hardware" step so it occurs shortly after the nightly backup is done?

For instance, I read about a DEVCON utility at

1) I am not sure if that will work under sbs 2003,
2) how do I get it to run very soon after the backup is done (doing backup at midnight and DEVCON at 6 am works, but it leaves many hours during which a power failure could mess things up.)
3) how can I be sure that DEVCON actually worked (in other words what happens if the "device cannot be stopped at this time" event occurs?

Anybody have any ideas?

Question by:rberke
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    Accepted Solution


    Simply, attach the drive - go into Hardware Properties in Device manager. Click on the drive under - Disk Drives and under the policies tab. You can select 'Optimize for quick removal'. This will ensure that the data goes directly to the drive when it being written, instead of it getting cached up and written at a later time.

    This way, you will not need to click that button to remove the drive. I have not had an issue with this procedure myself. Have you had issues with it?
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    Author Comment

    Well, to be honest, I didn't mention it because I just forgot about it.  

    Thanks for reminding me.



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