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Network Backup Problems in XP

by faw / December 30, 2004 9:32 PM PST

Can anyone help with backing up over a wireless home network in XP?? I keep getting an error message saying that either the file name is invalid or the network path is not valid. From what I have read XP will allow backups to a network whereas it will not allow backups to cd's. I have double checked my path and filename but can not get it to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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The path would have been good to share.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 30, 2004 9:43 PM PST

Sometimes its as simple as a space in the machine's name.
But you didn't share.

In closing, many install firewalls yet do not understand what they do.


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Here is the path
by faw / December 30, 2004 10:34 PM PST


Let me try turning off the firewall to see what happens.

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Backup problems in XP
by faw / December 30, 2004 11:54 PM PST
In reply to: Here is the path

I can backup successfully to "C" drive only. I need to re-image my C drive so I need to save my backup elsewhere.

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C is likely a hard disk, what are the other drives?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2004 2:53 AM PST
In reply to: Backup problems in XP

Be aware that MSBACKUP, NTBACKUP and Microsoft backup programs do not support CDRW, DVDRW or other drives well, if at all.

Not many clues exist in your posts, so this is all I can offer.


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Sorry for being so...clueless.
by faw / December 31, 2004 8:40 PM PST

I have two hard drives on my desktop computer. C and the second drive is split into two (G & F). I like to use G & F for backing up both my desktop and laptop. What I have just leaned is that I can backup to the "C" drive on the desktop from my laptop but the application will not allow me to backup to either of the other drives (G or F)and I don't know why. I have established this work-around but I would obviously rather go directly to G or F. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions??

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Look at the properties.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2004 10:18 PM PST

If they are marked "removable", or if permissions don't allow you to write there, then you have a possible cause.

Again, I don't know something. The NAME of the backup program. If it is what Microsoft supplied, it's very very old in computer years and does drive people nuts.


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I Looked at the Properties
by faw / January 1, 2005 1:09 AM PST

I find nothing under properties for either the F or G drive that says anything about being removable or not being allowed to write there. I checked all tabs under properties and they are the same as the C drive property tabs.

The backup utility is what Microsoft provides with XP. Are you suggesting that I might consider purchasing another backup utility?? Any suggestions?

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NTBACKUP is a very old program.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2005 1:15 AM PST

Chock full of legacy issues. Even a command line PKZIP could outperform that old dog.

Your dialogue too many tries to reveal what application was in use. I know it's tough, but no one can troubleshoot this without the details.

Now that we know it's NTBACKUP and you are trying to write to a local IDE (?) hard disk, it's likely permissions. Today's average owner has but a slippery grasp on permissions. Also they may not know to look in the EVENT VIEWER to see why NTBACKUP failed.

Without more clues, you may have to buy your way out.


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Never Used the Event Viewer
by faw / January 1, 2005 2:08 AM PST

Well, I've learned something here and I appreciate your responses. I need a little time to familiarize myself with the event viewer to see what I can learn. I do see several ERRORS where I tried to backup. What they mean at this point is unknown. Perhaps if I can digest those I will learn why I can't backup to the F and G drives.

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Here's a site...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2005 3:10 AM PST has some writeups about many event id entries. Again, the lack of details hamper any direct answer to the issue. My bet is still permissions on the other drive.

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