New sql express database. A week old. Right now, to back it up the employee makes sure that no one is logged in then goes into the database server and stops all the services related to the database. She then copies the data folder that contains the databases to another drive which she takes off site and then restarts the services so others can log into the database. Is this method it back up okay? I know that backing up to .BAK files through the sql management tool Is the preferred way to back up but Symantec backup exec is not installed yet and no backup scripts have been written yet. For right now drag-and-drop is the backup method I just want to make sure that in case of an emergency I can restore that drag-and-drop database which is not in the .bak format.