Add backup location to server 2012


I need to add a second USB harddrive to backup to using Windows server backup in Server 2012. I have added one disk without issue and need to add a second disk.

I know that having the first drive connected and adding the second drive will work but my problem is that i am not onsite and so cannot connect the first drive at the same time to do this.
I have tried the suggestion in this link but i get the same error, "the system cannot find the path specified" when adding the drive.

Any other suggestions?

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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
If you want the ability to backup to different USB drives, you either need to have both drives connected when needed or leave both of them connected all the time.

If you are not normally onsite, you might want to train one person who is normally there to properly disconnect  the 1st drive and connect the 2nd drive as needed.
sentinelsystemsAuthor Commented:
Leaving them both connected all the time defeats the point of having removable devices to be able to take a drive offsite in case of fire etc??

My problem is not to have someone change the pyhsical drive as that happens weekly, i need to add the second drive into the server backup to use as a backup location without the first drive being connected. As per the link above this should be possible using the WBADMIN command but it is not working in my case and I want to know if there is another command or step which I am missing to get this to work.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
The forum post seemed a bit mangled, but you should be able to add a disk via wbadmin (no GUI currently) just fine. The *official* KB article is here, and I can vouch for the syntax (which I cannot do for the one in the forum post.)

Scroll down to "option 3" and follow it *precisely* ...should work.
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sentinelsystemsAuthor Commented:
Thanks, command is exactly as in the original post. I followed it again step for step and it still fails. It prompts me to answer yes twice which i do and then it gives a message "The system cannot find the path specified." When i check in Server backup, i don't have the second drive added.

Seems only option is to make a plan to get to site and connect both drives at the same time to get the second one added as a backup destination.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
I would expect that error if the GUID for the drive is not being typed in properly. Quoting and bracketing need to be precise.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
It also occurs to me that you may not be fully patched. For 2012, you'll need this:

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sentinelsystemsAuthor Commented:
That was indeed the issue. Applied, rebooted the server and added the disk without issue!!
Thank you!!!
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