Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Backing up windows 7 to a encrypted external drive

18 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7
Backing up windows 7 to a encrypted external drive

I regularly back up my files to a 2 TB external hard drive. Recently I've been backing up financial data to the drive and so decided to encrypt the drive.(its portable) Its not a big issue, it is just since I encrypted the drive I've had to rely on 3rd party automatic back up programs since windows stopped detecting the drive. Makes sense the drive is encrypted. Though even when the drive is mounted, everything else I use in windows can view and access the drive but windows 7's backup utility. Windows 7 backup utility can't find the drive when it "searches for drives" to backup to or create system images. Is there a way to make windows 7's backup utility able to access an encrypted drive? If not 3rd party programs I guess will be my new go to.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Apr 2010   #2

Vista HP, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro, Seven Ultimate x2

Make sure that the external drive is unlocked.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Backing up windows 7 to a encrypted external drive

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows Backup is backing up an external drive as well as my C drive
Hello all. This is puzzling me, my windows backup is also backing up one of my external drives (I have 4) as well as my 'C' drive (yes, the one I do want to back up). I am looking all over trying to find where I can stop this. I am backing up to an external drive, and no, its not the same drive...
Backup and Restore
Bitlocker - detect encrypted external disk ?
Hello, We would like to use Bitlocker to encrypt external devices. However, we do already have some external hard disks with built-in encryption. Is it possible to detect this, and not to re-encrypt those disks with Bitlocker ? Thanks, Soitjes.
System Security
Backing up to External Hard drive - do i need to partition?
Hi everyone I've just read an article which explains how to back up my system to an external hard drive (Backup/Restore in Windows7 – External Hard Drive (Computer Insurance)) I have a 2TB external with files alread on it. I was just wondering, do i need to partition the hard drive or can i...
Backup and Restore
Best method for backing up to external hard drive
I looked through the tutorial section on how to perform a backup, but I'm afraid the problem is not knowing which method to use based on what I want to accomplish. So here it goes. I have a 500GB internal hard drive which I run my OS from on my laptop. I also have a 640GB external hard drive...
Performance & Maintenance
Backing up external hdd's
I am sure that it is the same as it was in Vista, but a long time ago I gave up there and only did it on my xp machine. When you go in to the the backup utility I can only figure out how to backup my internal hdd; even when I start by selecting the hdd I want backed up. I don't need my...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:39.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App