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thetazva

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Have tried for months to get my backup utility to allow me to make a backup of my system and it Will not allow me to do so.

Still unable to use the backup utility, it gives me a specific message-

The backup file name could not be used. "E:\2505.bkf"
Please ensure it is a valid path, and that you have sufficient access.

I have tried other names for the file and none has ever worked, I have tried
this since the backup utility was installed, I also uninstalled the utility
and reinstalled it, made no difference.

I could use some suggestions on how to get this utility to work.
I have installed this utility twice, from the addons disc for the Xp operating
system disc that came with my Compaq .


Still will not work, HELP>>>>
 
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Hi Thetazva
Welcome to TSG

To Manually Install the Backup Utility
Insert the CD Rom and navigate to CD-ROM Drive:\VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP

Double-click the Ntbackup.msi file to start the wizard that installs Backup

When the wizard is complete, click Finish.
 

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How is your drive partitioned, and what other things are on drive E: ?
 
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If E: is your cd-rw, the Windows backup cannot write to a cd . . you can backup to a file on a hard drive, then copy that file to cd

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Maybe an even more general question is what is drive E:

The more details you can provide earlier, the sooner you typically get a solution.
 

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Thanks Mike, that is just what I was looking for only a couple of days ago!
 
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Since all that is happening is that you are backing up files to a local file on the hard drive, and then burning this to CD, just make sure that the file isn't larger than will fit. I don't think you can do something like span CD's with this particular method or program.
 

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If you have a DVD burner it might fit on a Data DVD. I find that you are better off making a drive image with something like 'Ghost' or Terabyte Unlimited's 'Image for DOS', and just using an ASR backup for the C: drive with the .bkf file on a drive partition.
 
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thetazva

Hopefully you have enough to go on and be aware of.

I would assume there are a variety of other ways to back up computers. Perhaps starting a new thread exploring all these alternatives would be a better place to start discussing them.
 

thetazva

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Have tried manually installing the utility, still will not allow me to use any file name and record to a CD-RW. I do not have a DVD burner as yet.
Thanks, Mike


xgerryx said:
Hi Thetazva
Welcome to TSG

To Manually Install the Backup Utility
Insert the CD Rom and navigate to CD-ROM Drive:\VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP

Double-click the Ntbackup.msi file to start the wizard that installs Backup

When the wizard is complete, click Finish.
 
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What are you trying to back up.
How big is the backup file that gets created on the hard drive first.
How are you trying to burn this to the CD.
 

thetazva

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Well at first I just wanted to backup my documents and then wanted to backup my hard drive.
Documents folder approx-332 MB
Hard drive-50Gb
Trying to burn this to the Cd-RW with the xp backup utility
 
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What happened when you tried to backup your documents to a backup file on your computer?

What happened when you tried to burn that backup file from your hard drive to your CD ROM?

What software are you using to do this?
 
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