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Veracrypt with Window Backup Utility

Topics: Users Discussion
Sep 19, 2015 at 6:56 AM
I try to run Windows Backup Utility, with a USB Hard Drive that is encrypted. I mount the volume, and use the same drive letter (E). Windows Backup Utility cannot find the "Drive" (volume) in order to run a backup. How can I correct this so I can backup to my encrypted drive?
Sep 19, 2015 at 8:06 AM
use \.\E$ as Backup location (Network Share), that's a crude workaround
Sep 19, 2015 at 2:54 PM
From the FAQ:

How can I perform a Windows built-in backup on a VeraCrypt volume? The VeraCrypt volume doesn't show up in the list of available backup paths.

Windows built-in backup utility looks only for physical driver, that's why it doesn't display the VeraCrypt volume. Nevertheless, you can still backup on a VeraCrypt volume by using a trick: activate sharing on the VeraCrypt volume through Explorer interface (of course, you have to put the correct permission to avoid unauthorized access) and then choose the option "Remote shared folder" (it is not remote of course but Windows needs a network path). There you can type the path of the shared drive (for example \ServerName\sharename) and the backup will be configured correctly.