Why isn't my second internal hard drive an option for a backup location? RRS feed

  • Question

  • The options seems to be

    - an external hard drive
    - a network location (example dellcomputer\\backup\\)

    My other computer does not have an external hard drive, and its not on the same network as my primary computer. I would like to be able to make my default backup location my secondary internal hard drive, but its not an option.

    Is there a reason behind this?
    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 3:33 PM


All replies

  • See the discussion of backing up to an internal drive in this thread - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1393685&SiteID=2


    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 4:40 PM
  • I have discovered a way to enable an internal hard drive as a OneCare backup device, without requiring registering the PC as a Hub PC.  This worked in Windows Vista Home Premium [YRMV in other OS].


    First, I clicked Start / Network / Network and Sharing Center -- then I turned ON File Sharing and Public Folder Sharing, and I turned OFF Password Protected Sharing.  (If you use a password on your Windows logon, then I would suggest leaving this turned ON.)


    Second, I clicked Start / Network -- then I clicked on the icon for my pc (KIRK-PC, in my case).


    Third, I right-clicked the icon for my second (internal) hard drive (e, in my case), and clicked Map Network Drive, then I left the option set to Z for the new drive letter, and clicked FINISH (if you have Password Protected Sharing turned ON, this is where it would ask you for the password, but since mine was off, it just went on and) -- a new window opened showing (\\KIRK-PC\E) (ZSmile -- and I was ready.


    Fourth, I entered Z: for the network location in the OneCare backup settings, and it happily recognized this as a "networked drive".  I then ran backup, and it worked just fine.


    You're welcome.


    Thursday, December 20, 2007 5:48 PM