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We are running backup exec 9.1 doing a backup to disk to portable hard disk drives.

When we run the backup manually it works fine.

But when the backup is setup to run in the evening on a schedule it does not run as the backup to disk folders goes offline and therefore has to be switched back on line. After we have done this the backup runs and completes fine.

Any ideas?

We have tried leaving the progam open and this makes no difference.

Server is Windows 2003 SBS

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How about in the "Pre-Command" section.. add a small script that simply reads or writes to a file from that drive.. effectively initializing it.. (haven't tested, but theoretically it should work)

maybe something like this: (assuming removable drive is mapped to J:)

echo 'This forces the drive to be active for BEX' > J:\i.txt

If necessary, I'm sure you can figure out the Post command to remove the file again..

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Waht make of external drive? We have had some WD units that go to sleep and then are unavailable to BU Exec.

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