Windows Server 2008 Backup to Non-Dedicated Drive

Posted on 2009-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I would like to know how, if possible, to schedule nightly backups of my C: volume to my E: volume without dedicating my e: volume to Windows Backups.  My e: volume is an External 1.5TB hard drive and my c: volume is a 160GB drive.  I have a lot of other items on my e: volume and I do not have the ability to make it a dedicated backup drive, nor do I have a spare drive large enough to dedicate.
Question by:rbradberry
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    Expert Comment

    From what I understand from your post.
    it a matter of creating a folder on the E drive and backing up to it.
    When you say "unable to made it a dedicated backup drive" do you disconeect the drive at night?

    here more info on windows backup.

    Might I  recommend ntbackup.

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    Author Comment

    well, when i go to windows server backup then to the schedule backup wizard, I am not allowed to choose a directory, it only lets me choose a drive then it notifies me that it will make the drive dedicated, format it, and make the drive hidden to windows.  I can make manual backups to the drive without making it dedicated, but I would really like to setup a schedule.
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    Accepted Solution

    How about using a program call AutoIT and calling it with Task Scheduler.

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    Author Closing Comment

    not exactly what i was hoping for but i guess its all i can do.  thanks for your help.

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