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Backup software, or can I just write the files to data DVD?

I was just wondering, if I have some data, like mpeg files, that I want to back up to data dvd, do I necessarily have to use a special backup software? I use Nero Backitup, but don't like the fact that the files are proprietary and you have to restore them with the same program. Is there some reason I can't just write them straight to the dvd using another program, (such as Sonic RecordNow), especially if the program has a data verification after burn option?

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That is how I save my "stuff"

In reply to: Backup software, or can I just write the files to data DVD?

I don't use a backup program. I make CDs or DVDs with the files, folders, photos, music, downloads and anything else I've created. I use Roxio but I'm sure any good CD/DVD burning program will do.

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I can do that with CDBURNERXP.

In reply to: Backup software, or can I just write the files to data DVD?

It is possible that Sonic, others detect the file type and want to may a DVD (video) rather a data DVD. If such software is not cooperating, try CDBURNERXP. Its free and does the job.


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great, so why all the fuss about backup software?

In reply to: I can do that with CDBURNERXP.

Does it serve a purpose beyond what just writing to DVD can do?

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Backup software...

In reply to: great, so why all the fuss about backup software?

Advantages of backup software:
* Runs automatically on a set schedule.
* Can be set to backup individual files or whole folders without user intervention.
* Option to only back up files that have changed. This prevents old, unchanged files from being backed up multiple times, while ensuring that all updates are applied to your backups as soon as possible.
* Can do "live updates," where the changes are automatically backed up to the media of your choice (CD-RW, DVD+/-RW, HD, FD, Zip, etc) as you modify the original file.
* Can usually save system settings and preferences...something that can be tedious otherwise.
* Has automated recorvery features, so that you don't have to recreate each directory that was erased.

Many of the programs contain other features as well (including automatic compression and encryption), but this is the primary list.

Hope this helps,

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yes, thanks, it helps...

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So it seems that backup software is mostly for a system-wide purpose... For my purposes of just making a second copy of some files that won't change, just in case my external drive crashes, it makes sense to skip the backup software and just use the regular burn-to-data-dvd method. By the way, Sonic RecordNow does offer that option (it doesn't decide for you based on the file type)... you just choose data dvd and browse for the folder. And you can set the options to verify data after burn.

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