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Backup to CD

I have a 6 month old Gateway 710. It came with backup/burn a cd/dvd software -- a light package called Nero 6 Express. I have a fairly large backup to do, one requiring at least three 650 gig cd's. When I tried to do the backup, I discovered that this version of the software doesn't let you "insert disk 2, disk 3," etc. One disk is all it will take, and I get a message that my cd is not large enough to take more than 650 gigs. I looked into this and found that Nero recommended I updatge to Nero 6 Ultra. ($60-$90)

I'm seeking advice on whether, since I have to buy new software, perhaps there is better software, both for backup and for burning cd's and dvd's. Perhaps separate utilities for the two different functions? Roxio Creator 7 is one package that will do both. Any suggestions or advice?

Don Eisen

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Re: both Roxio and Nero will do what you want

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ummmmmmmmm if you have a spare 650 gig CD you don't need....

Wink

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Re: Backup to CD

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Why don't you just create the CDs manually? It really doesn't take any longer to do it that way.

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If you are truly running XP. . .

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You don't need any new software. XP has a backup utility to use with the XP CD burning utility. You can use it.

This from the XP help:

Manually Install the Backup Utility

To manually install Backup:
Double-click the Ntbackup.msi file in the following location on the Windows XP Home Edition CD-ROM to start a wizard that installs Backup:
CD-ROM Drive:\VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP

When the wizard is complete, click Finish.

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Re: If you are truly running XP. . .

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Using Win XP to backup. I have found that you cannot backup direct to a CD using the windows XP backup. I have to backup to a folder on my hard drive and then send or copy it to the CD. Using this method also requires that you size your back up file to fit the CD. It will not stop and allow a second or subsequent disk to be inserted.

Can anyone tell me if, using XP, there is a method to back up direct to the CD?

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Well. . .

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I'm searching right now. I know you can select the destination and tape is listed. In Help it says any removable media is acceptable. XP has a built in burner so it should work.

Now that I think about it I have the XP burner turned off so I use NTI CD/DVD maker.

If the XP burner is turned on Backup should list the CD-RW drive.

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Re: Backup to CD

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there is a simple answer to you problem providing you do have 2 hard drive you can spend your money on a backup program much more reliable called (Acronis True Image)
once installed you can use it's functions to make an exact image of your entire operating system regardless of it's size which will be put on your second hard drive ready for an emergency replacement if needed such operation of removing you faulty O\S and repacing it will be done automatically once started in no more than about 20 minutes on e reasonably fast PC

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I use a program named Backup MyPC from stompsoft

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It was originally the Veritas backup program. It will back up to CDs, DVDs, other hard drives, etc. It is simple to use, and has saved my data files more than once recently. It also compresses while backing up, and can compare the backup file to the harddrive files to verify that the backup was good.

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