• Question

  • I have 4 computers. 2 XP Home, 1 XP PRO, 1 Mac. We access similar files so we have many files stored on a NAS connected through Ethernet. The NAS is considerable larger than the hard drives on the computers so it is our main storage. Therefore it is the NAS which I would like to backup -- not my desktop HD. I would like to backup the NAS onto External Hard drives. I do not see how this can be done.  It seems that Live One Care only allows backups of the desktop. Can anyone explain how to solve this?


    -- anxious without backup...

    Friday, June 20, 2008 10:02 PM


All replies

  • In theory, OneCare can backup to a NAS device as it is simply a network Share. The Share, or location on the NAS device must allow all Users complete access to read/write/change/delete, in other words, full control of the location. OneCare will protect its own backup files on the location.

    You may, however, want to review this thread, as *many* people are having difficulties with using a NAS, but most reports are that the problems are specific to Vista machines.




    Saturday, June 21, 2008 1:42 AM
  • What I want to do is backup FROM the NAS.  The NAS is 1 TB. I have a few computers connected to the NAS through my Linksys router. They all share many of the same files.  What I would like to do therefore is backup the shared files to external hard drives. This in fact was the purpose for my purchasing Live One Care rather than other virus programs.  however as far as I can tell it limits backups to being from a computer HD.  Unless I am missing something.

    Saturday, June 21, 2008 5:54 PM
  • Ah, I misunderstood. I've unmarked my previous reply as an answer.

    You are correct. OneCare can only backup data that is on its own internal drives. It cannot backup *from* an external drive or network share.



    Monday, June 23, 2008 6:37 PM
  • Thanks. 

    That's too bad.  This is why I bought Live One Care.  I should have stuck with Kaspersky!

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 9:42 PM
  • If you purchased within the last 30 days, you can get a refund. For an online purchase, contact support -

    How to reach support (FAQ) - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2


    For a retail refund in North America - 



    On the other hand, OneCare does many more things than backup. I personally don't use OneCare backup.

    In your case, you may want to look at a free Microsoft utility that can "sync" files from one or more source locations to one or more destinations. It can be scheduled via Windows Scheduler.

    The released version of SyncToy 1.4 is here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e0fc1154-c975-4814-9649-cce41af06eb7&DisplayLang=en

    The 2.0 Beta can be obtained from here: http://www.microsoft.com/prophoto/downloads/synctoybeta.aspx

    I use this tool extensively and am quite pleased with it.


    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:22 AM
  • Thanks!  I am going to look closely at this.  Perhpas that's the solution -- Synctoy!

    Thanks for your replies.
    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 4:46 PM