Schedule format of drives to use with Windows Server 2008r2 Backup

Posted on 2011-09-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am trying to shcedule formating removable drives for backups using Windows Server 2008 R2 Backup.  I have all the removable hard drives inventoried, but when the drive is replaced each week it just adds incrementals.  Ulimately we are trying to do a full backup and then incrementals each week.  From what I can see if a newly formatted (for back up) drive is put in the server then the backup will be a full backup, hence why I am thinking a format is needed.  Is there an automated way to do this?

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Do you just want to delete the backups from the removable drive? That would be easier (and safer) to script

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sure that would work!
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What are the drive letters? And are all files at the root of the drive?
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there is no drive letter on the drives.  they are dedicated removable drives for the backup and formatted by the backup program.  We have 4 drives, I had to insert each one and inventory them for the backup to use them.  this works fine, but it is just adding incrementals where I would like to do a full once a week.  not sure that even erasing or formatting will fix this.  There just seems so little options that can be set

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oh the files are not root files.  basically data in various folders including exchange database files.
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okay so this is using diskpart...the code needs to be saved as part.bat , and the parts.txt file needs to be in the same directory as the part.bat file
Just use task scheduler to have part.bat run prior to backup running

and then edit parts.txt to reflect the correct drive.
so from a command prompt type "diskpart" and then "list disk"
This will show a list of all disks in computer, and whatever the number is for the backup disk you need to edit the first line in parts.txt to reflect that.
this script will destroy be careful
if you do not want a drive letter set to the drive delete the "assign" at the end of parts.txt
diskpart < parts.txt
rem format c: /q /y

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