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07-13-2012 12:48 PM
Windows 7 came out shortly after I bought my Media Vault Pro 5140. The NTI DriveBackup! 4 (OEM Version) software that came with the Media Vault is incompatible with Windows 7.
I find no information to indicate that HP will support use of the MV with Windows 7. I use the MV strictly as a file server or NAS and to backup my PCs (to date limited to the Windows XP machines since I cannot backup my Windows 7 machines to the MV).
The OEM vendor of NT DriveBackup is NewTech Infosystems and they have a commercial product called NTIDriveBackup! 5.5 which is compatible with both Windows XP and 7 (the two OS's in use on our networked PC's).
Has anyone tried to upgrade the NTI DriveBackup! 4 (OEM Version) to the commercial version 5.5? I'm concerned there may be some tweaks in the OEM version to make the NTI software work with the MV5140. If it won't integrate well with the HP Media Vault Pro Control Center, is there any reason the NTI v5.5 software would not be able to backup to a Media Vault drive when used as a standalone application?
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07-18-2012 03:38 PM
You should be able to use any backup application that supports backing up to network drives. The HP Media Vault includes a file server that is compatible with Windows 7, so for example, you can map a drive letter to a share on the Media Vault, like map drive X: (or some other available drive letter) to \\hpmediavault\backup. You can then use your backup application to backup your hard drive to drive X: Note that if you've renamed your Media Vault, you'll have to specify the correct name, "hpmediavault" is just the default server name.
However, as you mentioned, the link on the HP Media Vault Control Center will not link correctly to your backup application, so you will have to start your backup application manually.
Hope that this helps.
07-18-2012 11:41 PM
That answers my question. I had hoped things worked like you described, but wasn't sure. Of course, ideally it would be nice if the new version of NTIBackup could link to the control center, (and I might try installing it ontop of the old version and see if it links up okay), but either way is workable.
I had a little difficulty earlier trying to get my Windows 7 machines to create new folders on the MV but that was resolved some time ago (not sure how I overcame that issue) and is the reason I was concerned about the backup software being able to access and do it's work on the Media Vault. I'm going to spring for the NTIBackup 5.5 software and give it a whirl with a little more confidence now.