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Windows XP Pro Back-up Problem

By alittleirish ·
I have Win XP Pro on my home computer and have Nero CD burning software. When I have tried to make a back-up copy of my system I consistently get a pop-up window that states "no CD in drive "D", or "E", whichever CD drive I have attempted to use. Have checked hardware and is functioning properly. Can anyone give me suggestions on what I may be doing incorrectly?

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by alittleirish In reply to Windows XP Pro Back-up Pr ...

To add to this question, I have do have a formatted CD-R in the drive...when the error comes up. I have used several different CD-R's and still get the same error.
Am I just being dense about this? Please help.

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by alittleirish In reply to Windows XP Pro Back-up Pr ...

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by compgirlfhredi In reply to Windows XP Pro Back-up Pr ...

Is using the Backup Utility in XP Pro out of the question?

Windows XP includes an enhanced version of the powerful Backup Utility originally included with Windows 2000. Using this utility, you can backup data on your computer and on shared network drives.

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by compgirlfhredi In reply to

BTW, if your CDRW disk is full or closed, then formatting the disk will allow you to use it as a "floppy' (so to spesk). And unless you want to keep ALL the backups to your OS, a CDRW is the way to go for DATA recording. This way, you can backup, and when you need to backup again, format the CDRW and backup. If I'm not mistaken Nero has that option, but be prepared for a LOOOOng wait on the format!

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by compgirlfhredi In reply to

Also, XP comes with built in recording option. What happens when you try to use a CDR with this?

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by compgirlfhredi In reply to

This may help for your system backup, but not your question

Automated System Recovery for Windows XP Professional
Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Backup.

When the Backup or Restore Wizard starts, click on Advanced Mode.
On the Welcome tab, click the button at the bottom next to Automated System Recovery Wizard.
This will start the Wizard, which will prompt you for the media to use for the backup file, after clicking Next.
If you have a tape drive installed, this file can go there, but you can also write this file to a hard drive. This is the fastest method, but it also requires lots of free space. A writeable CD will work, if the CDRW software allows it to be accessed via a drive letter.
After entering the destination for the backup file, click Next again, and then Finish.
The Windows XP Backup utility will copy all of the important system files and settings to the backup file. An estimate and status bar is provided, as this step can take a considerable amount of time. After this step is complete, you will be prompted for a blank, formatted floppy disk. Several files are written to the disk, and then the process is complete.
Remember that this process will only help you restore your computer system - you will need a separate plan for backing up your data files.

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