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server 2008R2 backup to USB device - rotating drives

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Last Modified: 2013-11-14
We are attempting to use Windows Server Backup to backup to a Seagate FreeAgentGo USB drive.  This is a 1TB drive that slips into a USB caddy hanging off the server.  Our customer has several of these drives, the idea being that they rotate the drives to take off-site,  just like tapes in the old days.  Pop last night’s drive out of the caddy, put tonight’s in.

Here is how I set it up, and the result:
I create the job using the backup schedule wizard from the Windows Server Backup GUI.  I choose the destination as the device that is in the caddy – the wizard sees it as a FreeAgentGo device. (Disk manager also sees it by the way.)  That job will work every time.  BUT, after they replace the drive the backup will fail, saying it can’t find the destination device.  I believe this is because when the job is created the first time, the device is formatted and named with a date stamp.   Windows backup cannot accept the fact that the backup destination drive is going to change every night.  When it sees that the device is not the same as the one initiated when the job was created it fails.  There must be a way to set this up so Windows Backup will accept whatever drive is rotated into the caddy, but I haven’t found it.  Any advice appreciated.
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