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    Setting Win7 CD burn to not replace files with same name?

    I'm organizing files in folders and then burning them to a CD, using the Burn feature in Windows Explorer. The burn dialog box tells me that new files burned to the disc will replace files already on the disc if they have the same name. I want to have multiple versions of a file, as long as they're in different folders. Is there any way I can change the burn settings so it won't replace same-named files?

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    Stuart,

    As long as they are in different folders you shouldn't have a problem as long as you are burning the entire folder tree. It should only overwrite files in the same part of the folder tree that have the same name. Although, to be safe I think I'd run a test on a CD/RW disk that way you won't ruin anything.
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    What is the purpose and frequency of burning to CD? Usually an excellent way of versioning is to just burn the dataset each time to a new CD... doesn't take long, gives you a backup in addition to versioning; super easy to get off site, cheap as all get out, etc. etc.

    You're circumstances may not fit that norm though...

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    I do an incremental backup once a week, burning files that have changed to a CD. (I do a daily backup to my external hard drive.) Each week is in its own folder. I can usually fit multiple weeks on a CD, and I wanted to make sure previous versions would not be replaced as long as they were in different folders.

    Good suggestion on doing a test. I did, and found that, if the files are in separate folders, the earlier version isn't replaced.

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    Ah, good; you must only produce text and spreadsheet files eh?

    Unfortunately what I produce a week wouldn't fit on a hundred CDs!.

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