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Microsoft KB Archive/104291

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Using Windows NT Backup to Backup Removable Media

Article ID: 104291

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q104291


Windows NT Backup does not recognize removable media drives, such as Bernoulli or floptical drives, as usable backup drives.

To work around this limitation, use the following procedure:

  1. Use File Manager to share the removable media drive.
  2. Connect to the shared network drive from File Manager, or from Command Prompt using the following command:

       net use x: \\<machinename>\<sharename>

Windows NT Backup will now see the removable drive as a network drive and will be able to back it up.

NOTE: The drive will not appear in Windows NTBackup unless there is a disk in the drive.

For additional information on Removable Media with Windows NT, query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:


Additional query words: prodnt

Keywords: KB104291