Backup to CD - XP Pro SP2


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Newbie

I want to backup my files to my CD using the backup utility.
I insert a new CDRW and select the CD Drive as my destination but whatever
name I put in for the backup file is says it can't use it and check that it
is a valid path.

What am I doing wrong - I am logged on as an administrator.
 
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Raymond J. Johnson Jr.

| I want to backup my files to my CD using the backup utility.
| I insert a new CDRW and select the CD Drive as my destination but whatever
| name I put in for the backup file is says it can't use it and check that
it
| is a valid path.
|
| What am I doing wrong - I am logged on as an administrator.
|

The backup utility supplied with XP will not back up to CDs. If the amount
of data will fit on a single disk you can back up to file on your hard drive
and then burn that file to an optical disk, otherwise you will need a third
party backup program.
 
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Tommy

Newbie said:
I want to backup my files to my CD using the backup utility.
I insert a new CDRW and select the CD Drive as my destination but whatever
name I put in for the backup file is says it can't use it and check that it
is a valid path.

What am I doing wrong - I am logged on as an administrator.

Using the standard backup method doesn't allow backing up directly to media (i.e. CDRs [W]) etc. You have to back it up directly to your hard drive, then burn it. You could use floppys, but you had better had quite a few. The system is meant for direct backup to a tape drive, or floppy, as it can write to ir as if it were a hard drive.

But, since you mention that you have Pro, why not use ASR (Automated System Recovery), as you can backup directly to CDRWs using that feature.
 
M

Mike Hall

To use the XP backup facility, you have to backup to the hard drive, then
copy to CD..
 
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mike gray

Newbie said:
I want to backup my files to my CD using the backup utility.
I insert a new CDRW and select the CD Drive as my destination but whatever
name I put in for the backup file is says it can't use it and check that it
is a valid path.

What am I doing wrong - I am logged on as an administrator.

XP has no backup to CD. (What do ya expect for only $299?)

Nero works very well for me.

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Harry Ohrn

There is a work around here
http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/saving_files_to_cd.htm However given the
limitations of NTBackup you would do better to spend money on a more
efficient third party backup solution

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Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
www.webtree.ca/windowsxp


| I want to backup my files to my CD using the backup utility.
| I insert a new CDRW and select the CD Drive as my destination but whatever
| name I put in for the backup file is says it can't use it and check that
it
| is a valid path.
|
| What am I doing wrong - I am logged on as an administrator.
|
|
|
 
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A. M. Brineman

I had the same problem on my Dell 8300; Windows XP Pro.

I bought an external "plug and play" hard drive. Now, I can use the Windows
Backup feature with no problems. Even better, the external hard drive is
much faster and more accurate than any other backup media I've tried.

I bought "cheep" too. The LaCie 80gb external hard drive cost $99.00 or so.
 

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