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set external drive as backup

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  1. ukgerry

    ukgerry Thread Starter

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    Hi All
    I do not know a vast amount when it comes to networks...but I have a usb2 280gb hard drive (freecom) and want to configure it to be a backup drive. There are 25 XP pro pc's. The server is running win2000 (one pdc..one backup pdc, a fileserver and a mail server) We have BT Broadband 512k.
    Is there software that I need to use...or can I set a daily backup from what I have.
    Hope I have made sence!!...any advice greatly welcomed!!
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

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    Lot's of ways to do this.

    One might be to create a separate directory for each user. Then on those 25 computers, create a simple batch file to copy whatever you want to the appropriate directory. This can then either be scheduled to run at a specified time or when the user clicks on a shortcut to it on the desktop. I have users that each prefer their own method.

    You might also schedule something from the server but this might mean you would need to set up a lot of shares on each computer.
     
  3. ukgerry

    ukgerry Thread Starter

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    thanks for reply and advice!!
    All the users have roaming profiles (not set up by me)...and don't use any specific pc? would that make a difference.
    Also...I have never created batch files...I have heard of them...but that's about it :-(
     
  4. Bob Cerelli

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    Can't you set up a general location of the file server for all user's data files. Then back that up to an external drive?
     
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