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Solved: Windows Back-Up Utility

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Peoria, Sep 29, 2008.

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  1. Peoria

    Peoria Thread Starter

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    I cannot get Windows Back-Up to work...I get as far as Backup type, destination,and name page, then when I click NEXT I get ( " The Backup file name could not be used "F:\Backup.bkf" Please ensure it is a valid path and that you have sufficient access") can anyone help...I tried another drive with same results....Thanx J.R.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    What kind of drive is F:?

    Try an imaging program that will make an exact, complete image of your drive:

    Macrium Reflect
     
  3. Peoria

    Peoria Thread Starter

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    It's a CD-RW
     
  4. DoubleHelix

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    The Windows XP backup utility doesn't support a direct backup to CD.
     
  5. Peoria

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    is drag & drop the only way then?
     
  6. DoubleHelix

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    You can drag and drop files onto a CD, yes. You can also run the Windows XP backup utility to a hard drive and then burn the files to CD later. Or you could use a different backup application entirely. There are much better options depending on what you're looking for.
     
  7. Peoria

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    What better options do you suggest? Just want to do a backup of files and folders
     
  8. Elvandil

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    If all you want to do is back up certain files and folders, just burn them to CD as ordinary data files. Remember that recoverability is the key to any backup, and the more complicated you make it, the harder it will be to get the files back if you need them (providing that you can get them at all).

    A drive image is the best idea, but that is not really practical with CD's and DVD's, and an external drive is best.

    What burning software are you using? If you have packet-writing software (CD drag-and-drop), you can use it, but is will make CD's that are unreadable by many machines and are more difficult to recover. An ordinary ISO CD or DVD is the best idea.
     
  9. Peoria

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    Not sure what burning software I have, Nero is installed but not sure if that is the default , how do I find it?
     
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    There isn't a "default" burning application. If you burn data to a CD or DVD using Nero, then that's what's used. If you're dragging and dropping files using just Windows, then that's what you're using.
     
  11. Peoria

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    O.K. Thanx to all for the help
     
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