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Win xp sp2

by cabob512 / May 24, 2007 9:30 AM PDT

I would like to backup my C file. Win backup apparently only allows you to use A disks. It would take mountains of these 1.44 s.

Anyone know to copy to cds?

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NT BACKUP is from a time long ago.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2007 9:38 AM PDT
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Try something more modern like ACRONIS.

Bob

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Completely agree with Bob, but...
by Edward ODaniel / May 24, 2007 10:20 AM PDT
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if you really want to use ntbackup to back up to CD here is what you do since Windows XP's Backup utility does not allow you to directly select any type of recordable optical media (i.e., CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, or DVD-RW) as a backup destination?even though you can copy files to recordable optical media from within Windows Explorer.

Hhere is a workaround that will allow you to indirectly make the Backup utility use recordable optical media as a backup destination.

1. Launch Backup.
2. Select the Backup tab and choose the files that you want to back up.
3. Choose File from the Backup Destination drop-down list.
4. In the Backup Media or File Name text box, type the following path:
C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning\Backup.bkf
where <user name> is the name of your user profile folder and Backup.bkf is the name of the backup file.

As soon as the backup starts, you'll see a balloon appear in the notification area that alerts you that you have files waiting to be written to the CD. Once the backup is complete, click the balloon to open Windows Explorer and then click the Write These Files To CD command in the CD Writing Tasks section of the task pane.

Note: The only drawback to this technique is that you cannot make Backup span large backup files across multiple CDs. As such, you'll need to ensure that your backup file will fit on one CD. The native XP utility for writing to CD-R or CD-RW was not designed for DVD writing.

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