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MS Backup and Restore. Why is it targeting only my F: (DVD) drive

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I have a Seagate Portable drive on my laptop. THAT IS MY E: DRIVE:  I want to do a backup of files and folders to that drive.

When I invoke "Backup your files" I get "Location F: DVDRAM GT50N.    I see no opportunity to point the backup to my E: Drive.

MY OS is Win7

Please help
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Question by:JulianSwig
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by:Don Thomson
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Go to Change Settings under Schedule. It will then Ask you where you want to backup
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by:Gerwin Jansen
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It may think that E: is an internal drive in your system. Windows Backup won't let you backup to internal drives.

Can you try changing the drive letter for your external drive in Window Disc Management (Start->Run->diskmgmt.msc). Then right-click your external drive and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths. Remove drive letter E, next assign a higher letter, for example T.

Then retry the backup.
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by:noxcho
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The question is - does it show your external drive under settings?
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by:Gerwin Jansen
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@JulianSwig - How did you get your backup running exactly?
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by:Don Thomson
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This may be a stupid question - but how did asking a question (noxcho) become a solution. Please explain.
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by:Gerwin Jansen
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@DTHConsulting - This is not a stupid question at all, see my comment above.
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by:Don Thomson
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@Gerwin Janson  - I saw your suggestion and it was valid - as was mine.  My question to the author  was - why would you accept the a solution of someone who asked a question and didn't provide any answer or suggestion  - @noxcho simply asked a question - which the did not receive a reply but was selected as the proper answer.  Your question as to how he got the Backup working was very valid.
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Actually my question is not a question to the author. It is a rhetoric question which meant - see if the drive is detected at all by the backup & recovery interface.
If Julian followed my thinking and found out that his USB drive got no drive letter assigned (mounted) then it is a solution which lead him to check his drive status.
Very ofter the question can be a hint or even a solution. There are lots of examples to this even in EE.
Just as an example, a user buys new external HDD and says - I cannot backup to it, I cannot even see this HDD. The EE expert asks - does the drive have a drive letter assigned in Windows Disk Management?
The user goes to check - sees that drive is not formatted there - formats it and all is good. Of course it is the question the solution for him.
Anyhow Julian can give us the answer and we cannot make him select this or that answer only because we want it.
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Yes, let's see what he says.
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

I solved this problem with one of the suggestions
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by:JulianSwig
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I solved the problem with the F: Drive. Whether I was clued by a question or an answer matters not to me. In short problem is solved.
All I had to do in MS Backup was activate schedualing then select my E: Drive
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Indeed it matters. Here are members wanting the justice and simply deleting the question is not a sign of justice imho.
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Gerwin Jansen earned 144 total points
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I'm thinking we should not delete this question, distribute points amongst experts who contributed.
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by:Don Thomson
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"I solved the problem with the F: Drive. Whether I was clued by a question or an answer matters not to me. In short problem is solved.
All I had to do in MS Backup was activate schedualing then select my E: Drive "

As the person who first gave you a response, in fact the response was "change the setting in scheduling"  Which you say was what you did to solve the problem.

Your Comment that you want to delete the question because you solved the problem using one of the suggestions is what this forum is all about.  

Most of the experts who answer questions here have full time jobs as IT specialists.  Had you called me regarding a problem like this I would have charged your about $100 per hour which is my going rate.  To delete the question and get back your 500 points doesn't work here.  If someone points you in the direction of the solution to your problem - you thank them and give them the points. Otherwise what happens is no one will ever want to give you help again.

Just my two cents worth - (Actually it's about a nickel - inflation your know)
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by:JulianSwig
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I'll try to be more careful. Sorry
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I hope what I have done is satisfactory.
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I selected it as an answer because I tried it first and it worked. Also it seemed the simpelist
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For what it is worth I was subscribed with Macrium Reflect backup software.

I could not get the software to Restore files. I attempted to get technical help from Macrium but the help proved unsatisfactory. Macrium rather than afford me remote access tech help elected to refund my purchase. I therefore turned to Microsoft for my backup need.

At any rate I remember I formatted my E:\ Drive either with Seagate or with Macrium. It looks like this may be the reason I was able to resolve the F:\ Drive vs. E:\ Drive conflict.

Apparently my E:\Drive was already formatted, thus I was able to solve my problem in the one step.  

It seems like that is what has concerned you. -Formatting!
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Thank you Julian for clearing this important point.
Anyhow for me it is a good lesson - never let the asker close a question if I dont like that my comment was ignored :)
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by:JulianSwig
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This was a bit messy on my part. I am more informed on the rules now.
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