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Backing up a laptop to a shared hard drive.

I have built a "storage server" for my home network so I can back up my laptops to a shared hard drive external to the laptop but internal to the "server". I cant seem to figure out the permissions to allow this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am sure I am looking at the problem from the wrong angle.
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  1. Err, are your laptops and server all on the same homegroup/workgroup/domain?
    Pretty sure they need to be, then all you should have to do is map the drives to the laptops and then tell them to send the backups to the networked drives (assuming you're using windows backup, although any backup software should be able to do that)
    And since it sounds like you're trying to do a Network Attached Storage server, read this:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/241978/how_to_build_your_own_network_attached_storage_system.html
  2. James Mason said:
    Err, are your laptops and server all on the same homegroup/workgroup/domain?
    Pretty sure they need to be, then all you should have to do is map the drives to the laptops and then tell them to send the backups to the networked drives (assuming you're using windows backup, although any backup software should be able to do that)
    And since it sounds like you're trying to do a Network Attached Storage server, read this:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/241978/how_to_build_your_own_network_attached_storage_system.html


    all computers are running win7 pro. I can access the drive, copy files share... when I try to choose that drive as a back up location windows asks for premissions. I enter every combination and password and windows back up cannot use the drive. Shared drive on "server" mapped, seen, can manipulate data. DOH!
  3. Ahh only windows 7 ultimate can backup to a shared network drive, you need a 3rd party software:
    http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57348482-285/how-to-back-up-your-windows-computer-to-a-network-hard-drive/
  4. James Mason said:
    Ahh only windows 7 ultimate can backup to a shared network drive, you need a 3rd party software:
    http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57348482-285/how-to-back-up-your-windows-computer-to-a-network-hard-drive/


    According to microsoft windows7 ultimate, and Professional can do this.(?!?!?) Thank you for your interest. I think I am going to look into the 3rd party software angle. I hope I did not waste a windows activation in vain. I understood that it was possible to do this with win7 pro alone in multiple systems logged in on home network. I am not seeing the relationship correctly if I can access the drive to read/ manipulate files I should be able to assign it as a backup. Again I thank you for your comments, perhaps using the "smarter" O.S. is not the smarter way to do this.
  5. Best answer
    Well Syncback is free and will probably work without causing you all the hassle of figuring out why windows 7 wont work.
    Mmm, did you grant full access permissions on the server drive?
    http://smallbusiness.chron.com/set-up-network-share-folder-windows-7-professional-backup-restore-68340.html
  6. After creating a file called "backup" on previously mentioned W: drive, windows backup had no problems with the log in and password. Who would-a thunk it. Thanks again James. I am still scratching my head on this. No destination file?
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