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Schedule a CD write ???

By maxwell edison ·
Greetings,

Is it possible to schedule a CD write on a Windows NT 4.0 Server?

If yes:

How?

Which CD Drive?

What software?

What I'm looking for is something that can be scheduled to execute fully and unattended at a specific date and/or time. In addition, I'd like to incrementally use the same CD Disk until it's full.

In addition, any answer provided must be verifiable by either referencing specific hardware/software documentation and/or Web Site description.

Thanks for your time.

Maxwell

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by Stillatit In reply to Schedule a CD write ???

Most CD software explicitly tells you that it does not work on any server version. The reason for this is that you never know when a server will have enough background activity to interfere with a track write. In any case, it is not going to do whatyou want because all of them require interaction to pick the files to be recorded.

What you COULD do is put another machine on your network with a large disk. Have your server automaticaly create a new directory on that machine and copy files to be backed up there over the network at some time at night (an XCOPY command in a batch file, perhaps). That copies the data off the server, and you can run a CR-RW on THAT machine and drag-and-drop directories until the CD-RW fills.

Good luck.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Schedule a CD write ???

Thanks a lot for your reply, but I've tried to keep in the habit of never asking "if", but instead always asking "how".

The alternate solution you proposed in your second paragraph is something that I do with some of my installations for easy backup, but this "unattended" CD write challenge is for a separate and unique situation.

Answer number 3 liiks like it's the ticket.

Regards,

Maxwell

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by shmaltz In reply to Schedule a CD write ???

Answer one is trying to convince you not to do it, on which he may have a point. But I assume that you want to do it anyhow.
I assume you are running CD creater which includes Direct CD, if not you should try to install it.
I whould try to run theDirect CD wizard on an empty CD, to make it ready for a writeable drive. Then use a simple batch file to copy what ever you want, and scedule the batch file to run whenever you want using NT Schedular.
Keep in mind that this will still require you to Prepare the CD using Direct CD, and Close the CD (after the copy, before you remove it from the drive) using Direct CD.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Schedule a CD write ???

Your assumption is correct, as you can see from my comment to answer number 1.

In addition, I am looking for a "totally" unattended solution. It looks like answer 3 is the best solution.

Many thanks,

Maxwell

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by Matthew Guy In reply to Schedule a CD write ???

Hello Max,

There is a software called, ?Backup To CD-RW?, made by Willow Creek Software. They make the following claims:

?Will let you decide which files and folders you want to save, and save that information so you don't have to re-enter iteach time you make a backup.?

?There are also several options to backup only files which match the saved backup criteria, and have been recently modified.?

?These options work well with another option to save each backup in a separate folder on the backup disk automatically named for the date and time, so you can make small backups of your recently modified files on a regular basis, and save them all to the same backup disc without overwriting the older backups.?

?The major new features in version 3.0 are greatly expanded capabilities for backing up recently modified files, and the ability to control all backup options using command line options so backups can be made unattended.?

?Command line options to create a backup without requiring any interaction with the user.?

?Handy for running unattended backups.?
?To use a CD-RW or CD-R, you must have software such as Adaptec Direct CD which allows files to be written to the drive letter for your CD-RW or CD-R drive. All modern CD-RW and CD-R drives are automatically installed with such software.?

This software costs only $19.95. You can see the rest of their information at their Web Site.

http://www.willowsoft.com/backup/index.html

I have to admit, however, that I?ve not used this product or know anyone who has. So I don?t know how well it works or how easy it really is. But for $19.95, it?s worth a look.

Matt

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by maxwell edison In reply to Schedule a CD write ???

This looks like it will work exactly as I was hoping - just what I was looking for. Thanks for your time and effort.

Regards,

Maxwell

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