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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by norman55, Jan 29, 2005.

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  1. norman55

    norman55 Thread Starter

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    I need to backup weekly updated files that I use.
    But when I use the windows update utility I can only backup to an A drive floppy and not to the E drive cd that I want to use as backup. Help!!
    I am running windows xp home. Thnx
     
  2. mike5532g

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    XP can write data to CD-RW, but not directly from NTBackup. However, you can place backup files in the XP CD-RW write subsystem's spooler, which effectively writes the data directly to CD-RW. To add files to the spooler, perform the following steps:

    1. Start NTBackup (go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and click Backup).
    2. Select the Backup tab.
    3. Select the files that you want to back up to CD-RW.
    4. Select File for the type of "Backup destination."
    5. Enter the following file location:

    C:\documents and settings\<user name>\Local Settings\
    Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning\Backup.bkf

    If you aren't sure what the <user name> variable needs to be, go to a command prompt and type

    echo %userprofile%

    to check your %userprofile% environment setting.
    6. After you specify the location of your files in the CD-RW cache, right-click the "CD write" icon in Windows Explorer and select "Write these files to CD" to write the backup files to CD-RW.
     
  3. norman55

    norman55 Thread Starter

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    thanks Mike for your needed input,
    but my problem maybe stems from "step 4" of your reply.
    I notice that in "Backup destination " the word "file" and the drop down arrow are not highlighted; I can't type anything in that box.
     
  4. mike5532g

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    Below the backup destination box is backup media or filename . Try setting the destination there.
     
  5. norman55

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    Thanks again Mike,
    I typed in the destination in the "backup media or filename"
    but it points the data to the A (floppy drive). I also tried prefixing
    the file name with the letter E (cd drive),but it didn't take. For some reason my E drive isn't recognized as backup point.
    So--- I put on my work boots and did a right click on each folder
    and copy/sent the info to the E drive cd successfully.
    So now I have a backup copy on cd media. It's just a shame I could not utilize the Win Backup utility.
     
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