May 14, 2010

Taking BackUp of SQL Server Database on a USB Drive

While carrying out a normal database BackUp operation, I thought of taking my database backup on a USB Drive too. So I opened up my SQL Server Management Studio > expanded ‘Server Objects’ > Right-clicked ‘Backup Devices’, and then clicked onNew Backup Device’. This is what I saw. The Tape option was grayed out.


Note: Microsoft says “Support for tape backup devices will be removed in a future version of SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature.

Here’s what I did to take the backup of my database on a USB. I used the sp_adddumpdevice to register the USB based tape device. What this stored proc does it adds a backup device to the sys.backup_devices catalog view. Once done, the device can then be referred to logically in BACKUP statements


-- Add a Tape BackUp Device
USE master;
sp_addumpdevice 'tape', 'TpDumpOne', '\\.\Tp0';

-- Back Up DB to the newly create Tape
USE <YourDB>
Backup Database
TO TpDumpOne

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1 Response to "Taking BackUp of SQL Server Database on a USB Drive"
  1. Robert L Davis said...
    June 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Most USB drives appear as a regular disk drive. You can back up to it normally like any other drive. But if it doesn't this would be an interesting solution.


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