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Problem using XP Back up utility

by gary456 / October 9, 2004 7:04 AM PDT

I am set up as an administrater and running XP SP2.

I am trying to back up my files / settings to my F drive using a CDR. I am using the XP backup utility, but I keep getting the error message

"The backup file name cannot be used.
Please ensure that it is a valid path, and that you have sufficient access"

I don't have any other problems with this drive and can write audio CDs etc.

Anyone know how I get around this?

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Re: Problem using XP Back up utility
by phattdaddy / October 9, 2004 7:51 AM PDT

NT BackUp will not download to CD-R, DVD or CD-RW.

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Don't use XP Back up utility
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2004 9:13 AM PDT
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Re: Don't use XP Back up utility
by gary456 / October 10, 2004 2:37 AM PDT

Bob / Phat - thanks. Any recommendations on an alternative back up utility?

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My backup may not be your backup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2004 2:58 AM PDT

For me, I just erase CDRW and record anew my stuff from my documents, then a few settings, and favorites, then email.

Today, this got even easier with DVDRW media and DVD recorders that are now ... under 99 bucks.

I use the software that came with the recorders.


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Similar to Bob. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 10, 2004 11:05 AM PDT

Anything I want to keep such as pictures, movies, sounds, documents, etc. I keep in a specific folder. Once a week I run OE Freebie backup that backs up my emails including users, settings, folders, addresses, etc. I run regedit and back up the registry. I export my favorites to another folder within this backup folder. This folder looks like this:

Backup folder -> favorites, OE backup, registry, stuff.

Then once a week I put all these backups on a DVDRW.

Any backup program you get, free or pay, backs up more than is needed and none that I know of will back up the registry.

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Gary, the best backup system for you...
by Paul C / October 10, 2004 11:43 PM PDT one that you'll actually use, that is easy for you to use, and that will backup what you need backed up with a minimum of fuss.

That said, if paying for the software's not an issue, one good app I've discovered is Zip Backup. The nice thing about it is that it saves to ordinary .zip archives, meaning that if your PC's thoroughly trashed, you can use a buddy's PC to recover the files, as long as it can unzip .zip archives. You can download the thing for a 30 day trial, FWIW.

But in any event, don't just take my word for it, search around; your perfect backup solution is out there somewhere. All you need do is find it...

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