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I don't really know if this is the right forum to start the thread, but here goes:

I just recently purchased a Western Digital Network Drive so that my wife and I could back up our computers and store all our music, photos, etc. The problem that I am just now realizing after buying it and hooking it up, is that Windows 7 won't back up to a network drive if you don't have Professional or higher.

When I first bought all my bought all my stuff for my computer, all I got was a system builder's version of Win 7 Home Premium and I really don't feel like dropping another 190 dollars to upgrade.

What I was wondering, was if anyone knew of any 3rd party programs I can install that will safely allow me to back up my computer to my network drive.
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Getting your Window 7 Home to backup to a network device.

There has been alot of talk about this that Microsoft decided to take out the feature of backing up to Network location with the Window 7 Home O/S

This below is a workaround for you to try as it seems to be working ok here. What we are doing is creating a Virtual Hard Disk Drive on our Network Drive.

Just follow these simple steps to see how to do it.

1 . Computer -> Manage ->Disk Management
2. Create VHD, Browse to Network share\folder\mapped drive
3. Follow the prompts to set up the vhd as a simple volume and assign it a drive letter. I chose option to dynamically resize drive and set initial size as same as my SSD in my netbook.
4. Initialize the drive.
Win 7 pop up asks if you want to open to view files, speed up windows using readyboost or “Use this Drive to Back Up Windows”
5. Choose the last option and then Windows Backup starts

http://www.stokepcsupport.co.uk/tips-and-tricks/windows-7-home-premium-network-backup-workaround
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Is it supposed to be "Creating Virtual Disk" in the Computer Management file?

Sorry for the newb questions, it just seems a lot simpler based on the instructions vs. what's actually going on right now.
Edited by Big Shabazz - 1/4/12 at 7:02pm
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Yes, its on the action tab. smile.gif
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I got it, thank you biggrin.gif

I backed up my computer last night with the intent of reformatting my SSD to see if I can get faster read/write speeds out of it.

Friend told me I might have to reinstall windows in order for it to work, so we'll see.

Anyways, thanks again!
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