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When will Windows Server Backup allow USB flash drives as a target? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Their storage capacity - up to 256 GB - equals that of many backup tapes (200 GB for example).

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    (This would probably be beyond most budgets:

    http://www.cfgear.com/what-is-the-biggest-usb-flash-drive/ )

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    With USB 3.0, backup and restore could be very rapid.

    Why can't we use them as a target for Windows Server Backup operations?

    Unless something has changed (and maybe it has), we are limited to:

    1. External hard drive (with nothing else on if we want to run scheduled backups to that drive).

    2. Network target (shared folder on another server somewhere else).

    3. DVD (given that maximum capacity is just under 10GB, this option is next to useless).


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    Monday, June 11, 2012 4:38 PM

Answers

  • Hi,


    I ‘m sorry to let your know USB based pen drives are not a supported target for backups. More information on backup target supported types is available in the "Choosing a storage location" section of this help web page.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753528.aspx


    Jeff Ren TechNet Community Support beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    Thursday, June 14, 2012 6:13 AM
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  • Hi,

    Yeah, your advice is good, I would try my best to adopt your suggestion to Microsoft.

    But, In the present situation, it is a pity that USB flash drives are not a supported target for backups.

    Friday, June 15, 2012 6:31 AM
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All replies

  • Hi,


    I ‘m sorry to let your know USB based pen drives are not a supported target for backups. More information on backup target supported types is available in the "Choosing a storage location" section of this help web page.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753528.aspx


    Jeff Ren TechNet Community Support beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    Thursday, June 14, 2012 6:13 AM
    Moderator
  • Yes, thank you for confirming that.

    But why not?

    Is there a technical limitation?

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsbackup/thread/7583fe28-2156-4d67-a365-cf487c8783d2

    Why can't you save the system image to it? Or rather why couldn't you?

    That would be so much more efficient that running around with external hard drives (with cabling) not to mention easier storage.

    And DVD is supported. A perfectly useless option unless you want to have to split the backup on AT LEAST two DVDs (even at 9GB).

     

    Please mark as helpful if you find my contribution useful or as an answer if it does answer your question. That will encourage me - and others - to take time out to help you.


    Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:03 AM
  • Hi,

    Yeah, your advice is good, I would try my best to adopt your suggestion to Microsoft.

    But, In the present situation, it is a pity that USB flash drives are not a supported target for backups.

    Friday, June 15, 2012 6:31 AM
    Moderator
  • There's a workaround so you can backup on USB flash drives: add a network share in them and use that instead. Why Microsoft blocks you from using Flash drives as backup targets is beyond me.

    Anyway here's what you need to do:

    1. Format your flash drive as NTFS,
    2. Add a network share and make sure only admins have any access to this share,
    3. Enable BitLocker on that drive, Flash Drives are small and easy to loose around, better protect the data just in case,
    4. Use the shared resource you have just created as a backup target.
    5. Done!

    Thank Microsoft for this unnecessarily convoluted process.

    Saturday, November 1, 2014 5:01 PM