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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by cci704, Sep 22, 2009.

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  1. cci704

    cci704 Thread Starter

    Aug 21, 2007
    I used microsoft backup utility to backup my C drive to a larger D drive under XP. Want to now write this to a USB attached DVD drive. Nero software will NOT let me write to the DVD drive (G). Only wants to write to a floppy.(A drive)
    How many will I need for 7 GB? :) (just kidding)

    I also tried the backup utility to write directly to the DVD, again, won't let me. Also tried to
    copy the backup from D to the DVD, no go there either.

    Any ideas out there? Would be appreciated.
  2. raybro


    Apr 26, 2003
    Are you sure the optical drive is DVD/RW (Read/Write) and not just a DVD reader?

  3. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 16, 1999
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    The last I read the MS backup will not write to a CD/DVD, it just is NOT supported.
    The size of the back up file itself may be the problem, as to why you CD/DVD burning program can not do it.
  4. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

    Jun 24, 2004
    The MS backup program is not very good- does not backup everything!

    There are a number of very good backup utilities, some free. See a somewhat dated list below. Acronis is often recommended, and I use it. A good price can be found using a search engine.

    Usually backing up to an external hard drive that is only connected when backups are being made is the preferred method.


    Imaging and Cloning utlities - Elvandil, TSG, 5-08

    Free Drive Cloners/Imagers:

    EaseUs Disk Copy (Copies disks or partitions)
    CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
    Partition Saving
    PCI CloneMaxx
    Drive Image XML
    copyr.dma (Copies disk with bad sectors for recovery)

    Commercial Apps:

    O&O DiskImage
    Acronis True Image Home
    Farstone Drive Clone (Drive image, snapshots, file/folder backups.)
    EAZ-FIX Professional and Easy Image
    Drive Snapshot
    Keriver Image
    Avanquest Copy Commander
    Paragon Drive Backup
    R-Drive Image
    Norton Ghost
    HDClone Pro or Enterprise
    Terabyte Image for Windows
    Terabyte Image for DOS (can directly access FAT, FAT32, and NTFS partitions)
    Spotmau Disk Clone & Backup
  5. Stoner

    Stoner Banned

    Oct 26, 2002
    Hi cci704
    I backup on a LiteOn USB DVD writer.

    I use Nero Express and chose Data------> Data Disc in the menu.
    Then drag and drop the file into that window.
    If you use Nero InCD, that's 'packet writing' and Nero will only burn to a Re-writable DVD ( DVD-RW ) that's been formatted by Nero for that purpose......a hassle and not as reliable as using Nero Express and a regular DVD R, imo.

    I should note, backups to optical media like DVDs are not good long term solutions.....the discs do degrade over time.
    I also back up to a USB hard drive.
  6. Stoner

    Stoner Banned

    Oct 26, 2002
    An after thought......are you trying to write a 7GB file to a 4.7GB DVD disc?
  7. cci704

    cci704 Thread Starter

    Aug 21, 2007
    Thanks for all the input. Yes, it is a DVD writer. Nero quits immediately. Sure looks like
    I'll need a different solution.

    Thanks again.
  8. Stoner

    Stoner Banned

    Oct 26, 2002

    Not sure if this helps or not, but it did work for me.
    I did have problems with my USB DVD writer several years ago.
    If I remember correctly, it wouldn't correctly recognize a DVD to write to, but would read CDs and DVDs.
    I went to LiteOn's web site and found a flash utility for my drive to update the firmware in the drive.
    That fixed it for me.
    Worth a shot........
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