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I have a external hard drive. I want to back 2 computers on the network on to it every night.  The external HD will be plugged into Windows Server 2008 machine via USB.

1) what is the best way to partition the drive (1 partition for each computer)

2) How can I configure Win Server 2008 to manage this?  (there is already another external HD backing up the server itself).
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1. On the server, in "Disk Management", right click on the disk partition to re-size it or delete it and create additional partitions.

2. If the machines you speak of are Win 7, you can use "Backup and Restore" on the machines  to backup to a Network location, in your case the external drive on your server.

Read more about it here:

http://www.gotdibbs.net/blog/2009/09/10/windows-7-backup-to-a-network-location/

Here is a link for Win XP:

https://answers.syr.edu/display/os/Windows+XP+Backup+Made+Easy
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