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By OrbitSide38 ·
Is there a way to back up a large number of directories and files over several CDs similar to the old DOS BACKUP method? This would also apply to backing up a file larger than the capacity of one CD or DVD disk. Any suggestions?

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by robo_dev In reply to CD R/RW BACKUP
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I realize that there is commercial applications to span data over several CD/DVD disks, however, I would like to know if there is a way to do this through Windows XP?

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to CD R/RW BACKUP

I personally use Dantz/EMC Retrospec Pro for backups which is an excellent backup product.

There is nothing in XP that can do disk spanning other than splitting the backup into smaller jobs so that they all fit on one disk each.

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by TheChas In reply to CD R/RW BACKUP

The built-in backup software in XP does not support backing up to CD or DVD.

2 reasons.

The first is the limited storage capacity on a single disk.

The second and more important reason is that tape and disk to disk backups are more stable and reliable than CD backups.

Unless you are using archival grade CD blanks, you need a minimum of 3 copies of your CD backup to have the same level of reliability as a single tape copy.

That said, you can download several different free-ware backup programs that do support backing up to CD.

One source for a list of free-ware programs is


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by OrbitSide38 In reply to

Thanks, you've answered my question. I am currently backing up my system (including the system state" to a secondary hard drive using the windows backup application. I I wanted to back up the resulting "Backup" file to RW CDs as a safety measure. I think I will check into some of that freeware. Cheers

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