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    Hello everyone my windows live one care always shows as Status: Fair because it says it needs to backup. I wan't to backup on my external hard disk but it is not in the options.
    Tuesday, April 8, 2008 12:46 AM


  • Can you access the external disk from Windows Explorer? Is the disk attached to the PC via USB, Firewire or eSATA? If it is eSATA, the disk will be seen as internal to both Windows and OneCare and you can't use it as a backup location for a single PC and will need to use the workaround outlined at the top of this forum topic folder to backup using Centralized backup to an internal drive by creating a Network Share on the drive.


    If it is USB or Firewire and the drive can be accessed from Windows Explorer and there is plenty of free space, you should be able to configure backup to use the drive:

    Open OneCare

    Click Change Settings

    backup tab

    Click change settings in the lower left

    Make sure that the first screen for Centralized Backup has "No Centralized backup" selected

    Click your PC on the left.

    Click Turn on backup

    Select the change location link and select the drive you want to use for backup

    Modify the schedule as desired for "When"

    Select the file types as desired for "What"

    Click next and save the revised plan with the new selection.


    Tuesday, April 8, 2008 1:53 PM