Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 Backup devices have to be added each time

Set up server backup, using two 2TB Seagate ext USB portable drives. I've been thru the process with both drives to add the drive to the backup. The drives are swapped each day. When one drive is removed and the other connected I can see the drive in Disk Management but the backup does not see it,  I get a message on the dashboard that there's a drive available for backup but in Hard Drives it's not listed. I have to go thru the backup setup again. Is there a missing step here? Do we need to eject the drive first? I've not had to do this at other sites.
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dpachecoAsked:
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it_saigeDeveloperCommented:
You have to manually add your second drive to the Backup List (neither of your drives should appear in Disk Management).

Once you create the backup job, go to an administrative command prompt and enter the following commands:

1.  WBADMIN GET DISKS

(Locate and record the GUID of the hard drive you want to add)

2.  WBADMIN ENABLE BACKUP -addtarget:"{GUID of the External HardDrive}"

(Don't forget to include the quotes and brackets around the GUID)

http://www.deltech-cs.com/blog/archives/add-multiple-backup-destinations-to-windows-sbs-2011-when-not-all-backup-devices-are-available-onsite/

If you run into more problems, refer to this solution on EE:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_28065485.html

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dpachecoAuthor Commented:
I will try that but I'm wondering why they have the option in the dashboard to add a drive if it doesn't work.
it_saigeDeveloperCommented:
I honestly do not know.  I do know that sometimes I have been able to add multiple backup disks, but if I run into any issues, I just revert to the manual method.

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it_saigeDeveloperCommented:
You might also check out:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2833738

-saige-
dpachecoAuthor Commented:
I'm not getting any error when the backup runs, just that there's no backup device. Also no error when I add the device, just have to keep adding it. I'll try adding them both manually while they're both connected. Thanks!
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