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Windows Server 2008 - backing up to an internal SATA drive

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I've got a server that contains 3 hard drives - one for the Server OS (2008 R2), one for Data and one NTFS-formatted drive with nothing on it that I'd like to use for backups.  The problem is, when I launch the Windows backup utility and point it to the spare drive as the location I want to back up files, it complains "Partial backup of volumes cannot be performed to a DVD or other removable media."  In looking at the Windows Disk Management utility, I see that indeed, Windows think this drive is "removable".

Is there a way I can set up this spare drive as internal backup destination?

Thanks.
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by:Thomas Grassi
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run this  wbadmin get disks   post results
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Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>wbadmin get disks
wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

Disk name: DELL PERC 6/i SCSI Disk Device
Disk number: 1
Disk identifier: {f840c9d5-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}
Total space: 930.50 GB
Used space : 206.69 GB
Volumes: <not mounted>[System Reserved],C:[(no volume label)],D:[New Volume]

C:\Windows\system32>

I don't see the spare drive in the output above, but it does show up in Disk Management as "New Volume" with drive letter F.
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by:noxcho
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How did you manage to make the internal drive as removable? Or is it internal at all?
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by:Thomas Grassi
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In Disk Management if the Drive is showing a status of "NEW VOLUME" then you must format that drive in order for the OS and backup to see the volume.

Take a scrren shot of your disk management screen and post
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by:djfox1963
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Noxcho, I didn't do anything to the internal drive to make it removable.  I simply installed it in a spare hard drive slot inside the server.  It showed up as a drive in Disk Management, at which point I formatted it.  It shows up now as an available drive in Explorer with its own drive letter, but in Disk Management it is identified as a "removable" drive.

Trgrassijr55, I don't have access to the server at the moment to post a screen shot of Disk Management ( I will later), but I can assure you the drive was formatted.  By default after formatting, the name is "New Volume".  I formatted it NTFS, it has a drive letter, and I can access the drive via Windows Explorer - I can create a folder on it, etc.  When I run the Windows Backup Utility, it "sees" this drive - but at the very last step complains that it is a removable drive.
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by:Thomas Grassi
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In Disk Management did you assign a drive letter? What is it?

Can you see the drive from My Computer?
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by:djfox1963
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Yes, I assigned it a drive letter during the formatting process - it is drive letter 'F:' - and yes, I can see it and access it from My Computer.
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by:Thomas Grassi
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from a command prompt

wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:f: -include:c -allcritical -vssfull

post results
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I appreciate the responses of those trying to help, but this was simply taking too long.  I ended up downloading and using a 3rd party backup software program.  It's doing what I need it to do.
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by:noxcho
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You can wipe this drive. This can remove the bit that shows it as external and let it be again internal.
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by:djfox1963
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I'm giving myself an "A" for abandoning the useless and irrelevant questions from "experts" and deciding to utilize a non-Microsoft backup system.
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