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Server backup with portable harddrive or used harddrive

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Hi!

I have my own server(2008) that i just have finished working on. Now i only have to make a backup so that my server becomes completely finished. The thing is, i have a portable harddrive with 360GB free space. and the integrated harrddrive is only in one partition that is used(not full).

How can i make my backup when the server backup keeps popping up with this error all the time:
"No disks are available for use a backup destination. this can happen when all disks attached to the computer are hosting volumes that contain an operating system or application data. Attach an empty disk to use as a backup destination."
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by:A Proorocu
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Hi,

In Windows Server 2008, scheduled backup to a network share or an individual volume is not supported. An empty harddisk dedicated for backup is required. Whereas it is enabled in the "Backup Once" flow. The full set of features avaliable in Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008 is http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770266(WS.10).aspx

Scheduled Backup to an individual volume and a network share is supported in Windows Server 2008 R2. The new features in Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008 R2 are documented at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732091.aspx

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nsonbaty earned 500 total points
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I agree, that backup in 2008 only use the dedicated drive, but also, we can workaround it by using script and not using the tool

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770266(WS.10).aspx

http://www.bitwizwebdesign.com/Blogs/Bryan-Soltis/September-2008/Windows-Server-2008-Backup-to-a-network-share

then schedual the script running...... old way
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by:chlaas
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Thanks for your answers!
I've managed to split my used harddrive into two halves, now the one partition is where the windows and everything is installed. and the other one is new and fresh and ready for use. BUT, still the same message appears...
hasn't it anything to to with an empty partition? do you HAVE to have one new unused harddrive to make a backup without problems?

Thanks!
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by:nsonbaty
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yes, in 2008, you need dedecated harddrive to create backup using the backup tool
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by:A Proorocu
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Without using a 3d party software ( as nsonbaty suggested ) you must have a dedicated HDD for the backups.
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useful links!
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