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Automated backup to cd

By teddyrux ·
I need to automate a backup to cd with as few steps as possible. This is for an end user backup and I need it to be as simple as I can get it. I also have the requirement that we do it with Windows XP cd writing ability. I would like a one button backup if I can get it. Any suggestions?


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by TheChas In reply to Automated backup to cd

Windows built-in backup does NOT support backing up to a CD. This is mainly because CDs are not considered archival, and do not have the capacity for most hard drives.

You will need a 3rd party utility to perform any backup to CD.

Here is my list of candidates for you:

Remove any spaces from the pasted links.


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by teddyrux In reply to

Third party solutins won't work. I stated that I need to use the Windows XP cd writing capability. I realize that NTbackup won't write to cd.

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by TheChas In reply to Automated backup to cd

A 3rd party utility is going to be your "best" option.

If you need a single step solution using ONLY Windows components, you are going to need to:

1. Limit users to storing documents in specific folders.

2. Set a limit on folder size of 650 or 700MB.

3. Create a script or batch file to do the job.

If users have more than a CDs worth of data, you will need multiple folders and scripts.

All backups will be full backups as you have no way to log or mark files as backed up.

The built in CD tools in XP are far to limited to do any automated task.

In fact, the built-in CD tools on XP are a limited function version of Roxio's Easy CD Creator Basic version 5.

Your only other option would be to write your own backup application.


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by pazz9 In reply to Automated backup to cd

chas's suggestions are very good and also, you could learn windows scripting and use that to do the job. it replaces the old batch files we had under dos. get learning!

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