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Windows 7: Set up backup, not seeing USB devices?

26 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Set up backup, not seeing USB devices?


I have Windows 7 Ultimate and am trying to setup a backup of some files using the inbuilt 'Set UP Backup' utility but in the list of backup destination devices I can only see the DVD drive even thought I have a USB stick plugged in. I have tried the USB stick in all 3 available ports but no luck.

Any input would be much appreciated.



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26 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The USB stick probably isn't recognised because it's not large enough to hold the backup. I think also the backup drive needs to be NTFS, FAT, or UDF file systems (a flash stick will most likely be FAT32) Hope this helps :)

You could always make the stick NTFS and try that??

Open a command prompt;
type and press enter after each command -
list disk (carefully take note of the USB drive you want to use)
select disk # (# = the number you noted in the above step)
warning   Warning
This will wipe the drive so make sure the drive number is correct

create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=ntfs quick

Also, the drive cannot be encrypted.
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