It might wake Vista up but he has to find a switch to do it.
For hardware devices it is the Device Manager, for things like backup, there
might be a place in Services, perhaps.
If he sets this switch up (if one exists), he will get the best of both
worlds: sleeping Vista that wakes up when for as long as necessary, like a
bear in hibernation to go to the bathroom.
"John Hanley" <jphanley@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Perhaps your system is in a Sleep mode at 2 am; I am not sure whether
> Vista will wake up the external drive from a sleep mode in order to
> perform a backup (I don't think it will unless you make some provisions
> with Task Scheduling, but not sure of that). Suggest you try scheduling
> your Auto Backup to occur during a time when you are sure the system is
> not in Sleep mode and see how it works. I would like to know this answer
> "Mike F from TN" <MikeFfromTN@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> Vista Business 32 bit
>> eMach T5048
>> P4 @ 3GHz, 1.9GB Ram
>> 160GB hard drive
>> 250GB external drive
>> Until two days ago, I have been backing up to the external drive manually
>> each week. No problems at all. Two days ago I set the Auto Backup to ON
>> scheduled it for 2 am daily. Next morning I checked and got the message
>> last backup failed because Vista could not find the backup drive
>> location. I
>> re-booted and tried the procedure again last night. Same result. I then
>> clicked TRY AGAIN. This time the backup went smoothly.
>> Question: why was the program unable to backup automatically at 2 am but
>> it when I clicked on Try Again?