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    Backup to DVD's

    Hello,

    I've got a customer who wants to make backup copies of his files on DVD's to take with him.

    I have tried nerobackitup, but it only seems to make the full once, then wants to do incrementals after that, not what we need.

    backup4all seemed good, but we could never get it to reliably work, their support gave up.

    Anyone have any suggestions? It does need to be DVD's, they don't want to use flash drives, I tried.

    Thanks!

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    I use AShampoo Burning Studio Free and have been happy with it. I set it to close each session on the DVD for data burns so the next burn on the DVD is a seperate session.
    Not sure if that is what you are looking for but HTH.

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    Macrium Reflect seems to backup to optical disk - according to their web help - and it has a free version.

    cheers, Paul

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    I do it differently, prefer the simple Copy of files and/or Folders so I can read the individual files on another computer. An issue with DVDs is newer multi-format drives can burn to DVD+R/DL but older drives may not be able to use them. And I never use DVD-RW or DVD+RW, not always readable on other computers. A DVD-R or DVD+R holds about 4.2GB while a DVD+R/DL holds about 8GB.

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    I've got a customer who wants to make backup copies of his files on DVD's to take with him.

    If he just wants to back up files, you don't need any additional software. Put in the disk. Drag and drop the files onto it. Choose burn to disk from the Toolbar. (In the right click context menu in W8 as well as in the Toolbar under drive tools). W8 can do packet burning as well.

    Using a portable hard drive would make a lot more sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calimanco View Post
    ...Using a portable hard drive would make a lot more sense...
    Second that (or a USB thumbdrive [AKA "flash drive", "pen drive", etc.]).
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    You didn't say what version of Windows it is. If it's Windows 7, the Windows 7 Backup will output to DVDs.

    Windows backup is available In Windows 8, but you have to know how to find it, and I don't know if DVDs are an output option.

    Your customer probably thinks that using DVDs is safer than flash drives. I have had flash drives fail, but I think they are more reliable than DVDs. Especially if he wants to keep them for a year or more.

    I know that you have had this conversation with your customer before, and I think that the solution is to make the DVDs, and let him use them until he gets sick of them, but in the meantime back up to something safer.

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    On windows 8, control panel/ file history. Go to System Image backup at bottom left. DVDs are an option.

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    I use a program called Second Copy (www.secondcopy.com)for this purpose. It is a paid program but you get a 30-day trial period.
    It is basically an automated copy program. You make up a "profile" where you set up the files and folders you want to copy, the destination for the copied files, how often to run it, and several other settings. Among this programs good features are that you can have it run automatically at shutdown or at various time intervals.
    I use both flash drives and DVD-R disks. I alternate between 2 flash drives for normal backups. Periodically I copy the files to DVD-R disks.

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    OS BACKUP
    Backing up to DVD is a perfectly acceptable means of backup, but I wouldn't recommend imaging with any OS greater than Windows XP.
    Obviously with Widows 7 and up it'll take several disk, and increase the risk of causing errors.
    DATA BACKUP
    You don't need to have any specific backup program to use with a CD/DVD ROM disk, just the burning software, and in many instances the newer operating systems will do that all on their own.

    The OP's customer has an outdated backup mentality. If an incremental DATA backup plan is desired, a flash or external USB based drive is what he needs.
    Working with a CD/DVD ROM drive in this manner will be more cumbersome. Sometimes one just needs to learn how to do something differently.
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    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    Obviously with Widows 7 and up it'll take several disk


    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by daffoml1 View Post
    Hello,

    I've got a customer who wants to make backup copies of his files on DVD's to take with him.

    I have tried nerobackitup, but it only seems to make the full once, then wants to do incrementals after that, not what we need.

    Backup4all seemed good, but we could never get it to reliably work, their support gave up.

    Anyone have any suggestions? It does need to be DVD's, they don't want to use flash drives, I tried.

    Thanks!
    I would use Nero to just do a data file copy to DVD. It's just a matter of burning the data files to a DVD. I do it all the time and it's no big deal.
    That's how I make my Utilities Disk that I share with my techie buddies. The data disks are readable with any version of Windows.

    You don't need to make something complicated, out of something so simple. Eh?
    There are many DVD burning programs that will do the deed, but I've been using Nero for many years, and I know it and like it. I still use Nero 8 Pro, because it works great without all the bloat of later versions. I only install the basic program without all the add-ons.

    Good luck!

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    The data discs, CD or DVD, can also be read on a Macintosh or Linux computer. Any .exe/Executable files may not actually be usable but other types should be such as .mp3, .jpg, etc. What I watch for is that only CD-R, DVD-R or DVD+R discs are used to assure portability and/or archiving.

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