The actual format operation takes less than a minute to complete.The Complete PC Backup utility will then prompt you to format the disk. You'll then see the Format operation commence.
Once the DVD has been formatted, Complete PC Backup utility will begin imaging the disk. As the operation continues and the first disk is filled, you're prompted to insert and format subsequent disks. In my case it took three3 DVDs to backup my 26GB installation. The first two DVDs were filled at 4.37GB while the third required only 568MB, which comes out to about 9GB--not a bad compression ratio.
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