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How the f*** do I make a FULL backup of everything on the master
hard disk?

The programme misleads you to thinking that this can be done, but
when you try it. it comes back with a message telling you that
'The files for the recovery diskette could not be created',
what the hell does that mean?

I'm trying to make the backup to the 'D' drive, which has more
than adequate space on it.

I did try to do it to a CD but it would not allow me to chose the
CD drive.

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Are you by any chance referring to Windows' own ntbackup program?

If so, it is well documented that ntbackup does not backup directly to CD or
DVD. For example:

"Windows Backup Does Not Back Up to CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R Devices"
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315255

Exactly what do you wish to backup? If you are trying to create an identical
copy of your hard disk - which is a very good idea - you need disk imaging
software. Look at Ghost 9.0 by Symantec and True Image 8.0 by Acronis.
However, disk imaging is not really a task for a new user. You'll do fine if
you carefully read through all the documentation.
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"Alan Holmes" <alan.holmes@virgin.net> wrote in message
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>
> How the f*** do I make a FULL backup of everything on the master
> hard disk?
>
> The programme misleads you to thinking that this can be done, but
> when you try it. it comes back with a message telling you that
> 'The files for the recovery diskette could not be created',
> what the hell does that mean?
>
> I'm trying to make the backup to the 'D' drive, which has more
> than adequate space on it.
>
> I did try to do it to a CD but it would not allow me to chose the
> CD drive.
>
> --
> alan
>
> reply to alan(dot)holmes27(at)virgin(dot)net
>
>
>
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XP Home won't create ASR floppy.
For XP Pro, search microsoft.com for the error text. You'll find a few
articles.
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Sounds like you have XP Home version. The NTBackup program that ships with
the Home version of XP has less than minimal value which is likely the
reason why it is not installed by default. The version that ships with XP
Pro is only slightly better but not by much. Try Acronis TrueImage or
Symantec Ghost.

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"Alan Holmes" <alan.holmes@virgin.net> wrote in message
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|
| How the f*** do I make a FULL backup of everything on the master
| hard disk?
|
| The programme misleads you to thinking that this can be done, but
| when you try it. it comes back with a message telling you that
| 'The files for the recovery diskette could not be created',
| what the hell does that mean?
|
| I'm trying to make the backup to the 'D' drive, which has more
| than adequate space on it.
|
| I did try to do it to a CD but it would not allow me to chose the
| CD drive.
|
| --
| alan
|
| reply to alan(dot)holmes27(at)virgin(dot)net
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|
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"Ted Zieglar" <teddyz@notmail.com> wrote in message
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> Are you by any chance referring to Windows' own ntbackup program?

It's not a perfect program either. I recommend investing in the latest
version of Norton Ghost (based on Drive Image by Powerquest). It allows you
to backup direct to DVD. However I prefer to set it up to backup to an
external USB 2.0 hard drive. I like this set up because:

a) I can schedule it to run at 3am and it makes an entire copy of my HD (and
verifies it) in about 45mins.

b) It sends me an email to tell me if the backup passed or failed. No need
to find log files. Just check email.

c) I set it up to split the backup into 600MByte files - that way I can move
them onto CD or DVD at will.

d) I can set it up to keep only the last 7 days of nightly backups and 4
weekly backups - that way my external HD is kept full but never fills up
causing a backup to fail.
 
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"Ted Zieglar" <teddyz@notmail.com> wrote in message
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> Are you by any chance referring to Windows' own ntbackup program?

Whatever it is that comes with Win XP Home.

> If so, it is well documented that ntbackup does not backup directly to CD
> or

I have been also trying to backup to the 'D' drive

> DVD. For example:
>
> "Windows Backup Does Not Back Up to CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R Devices"
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315255
>
> Exactly what do you wish to backup? If you are trying to create an
> identical
> copy of your hard disk - which is a very good idea - you need disk imaging
> software. Look at Ghost 9.0 by Symantec and True Image 8.0 by Acronis.
> However, disk imaging is not really a task for a new user. You'll do fine
> if
> you carefully read through all the documentation.

This is what I'm trying to do, a complete backup of the whole of the 'C'
drive.

The next question is, where do I find these programmes?

I think it's bloody ridiculoous that MS do not provide a sensible backup
system with this very expensive software.

Alan

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> "Alan Holmes" <alan.holmes@virgin.net> wrote in message
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>>
>> How the f*** do I make a FULL backup of everything on the master
>> hard disk?
>>
>> The programme misleads you to thinking that this can be done, but
>> when you try it. it comes back with a message telling you that
>> 'The files for the recovery diskette could not be created',
>> what the hell does that mean?
>>
>> I'm trying to make the backup to the 'D' drive, which has more
>> than adequate space on it.
>>
>> I did try to do it to a CD but it would not allow me to chose the
>> CD drive.
>>
>> --
>> alan
>>
>> reply to alan(dot)holmes27(at)virgin(dot)net
>>
>>
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>>
>>
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"Ted Zieglar" <teddyz@notmail.com> wrote ...
> If so, it is well documented that ntbackup does not backup directly to CD
or
> DVD. For example:
> "Windows Backup Does Not Back Up to CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R Devices"
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315255

Apart from the breathtaking stupidity that Backup does not work with the
most commonly available devices of adequate size,

(1) "well documented" would be to document it IN BACKUP (or ntbackup if you
prefer) ITSELF. I.e., backup should say, "You can't backup to a CD/DVD.
Sorry about that." right there. This has certainly got to be one of the
most common "errors", and should have a clear error message, not a cryptic
"the backup file name could not be used".

(2) Why, then, does my CD-RW drive appear in the list of backup devices?
(When I select it, I get an error message on trying to write.)
 

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> (2) Why, then, does my CD-RW drive appear in the list of backup devices?
> (When I select it, I get an error message on trying to write.)
>
>

Because that is the default behavior of Explorer when referring back to the system for reference. You can back it up to your hard drive, then burn it to disk if you so desire.
 

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http://www.stompsoft.com/
Click on TRIAL VERSIONS


Get Backup My PC

The Trial Version Works... Backs up Comlete HD to either Cd-r Cd/rw
DVD/RW DVD-r DVD+r.. Mix or Match ...
You will need Your XP Product In Number. Also 4- 1.44 Floppies for
the restore process

No Reactivation after u Restore your Hard Drive ..
Works Better than Ghost !!!

The DEMO works



Alan Holmes wrote:

> How the f*** do I make a FULL backup of everything on the master
> hard disk?
>
> The programme misleads you to thinking that this can be done, but
> when you try it. it comes back with a message telling you that
> 'The files for the recovery diskette could not be created',
> what the hell does that mean?
>
> I'm trying to make the backup to the 'D' drive, which has more
> than adequate space on it.
>
> I did try to do it to a CD but it would not allow me to chose the
> CD drive.
>
 
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"Ted Zieglar" <teddyz@notmail.com> wrote in message
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> Are you by any chance referring to Windows' own ntbackup program?
>
> If so, it is well documented that ntbackup does not backup directly to CD
> or
> DVD. For example:
>
> "Windows Backup Does Not Back Up to CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R Devices"
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315255
>
> Exactly what do you wish to backup? If you are trying to create an
> identical
> copy of your hard disk - which is a very good idea - you need disk imaging
> software. Look at Ghost 9.0 by Symantec and True Image 8.0 by Acronis.
> However, disk imaging is not really a task for a new user. You'll do fine
> if
> you carefully read through all the documentation.

I thught I'd replied to this but it hasn't appeared, so:-

How, or where, will I find these programmes?

Alan

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> "Alan Holmes" <alan.holmes@virgin.net> wrote in message
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>>
>> How the f*** do I make a FULL backup of everything on the master
>> hard disk?
>>
>> The programme misleads you to thinking that this can be done, but
>> when you try it. it comes back with a message telling you that
>> 'The files for the recovery diskette could not be created',
>> what the hell does that mean?
>>
>> I'm trying to make the backup to the 'D' drive, which has more
>> than adequate space on it.
>>
>> I did try to do it to a CD but it would not allow me to chose the
>> CD drive.
>>
>> --
>> alan
>>
>> reply to alan(dot)holmes27(at)virgin(dot)net
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>>
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On Fri, 17 Dec 2004 22:14:20 -0500, ggull wrote:

> (2) Why, then, does my CD-RW drive appear in the list of backup devices?
> (When I select it, I get an error message on trying to write.)

It's possible to get the drive to show up as an available location (mapping
it as network drive is one way) and it's possible to use it *IF* the
resulting backup file will small enough to fit on a single CD. Spanning
disks is out of this program's scope.

Backup is too important to work with a lot of "ifs" and "maybes." I used
NTbackup within its limitations until I settled on a third party backup
solution. It was good for the interim but am happier with the alternative I
chose.

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"Harry Ohrn" <harry---@webtree.ca> wrote in message
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> Sounds like you have XP Home version. The NTBackup program that ships with
> the Home version of XP has less than minimal value which is likely the
> reason why it is not installed by default. The version that ships with XP
> Pro is only slightly better but not by much. Try Acronis TrueImage or
> Symantec Ghost.

When is someone going to tell me how to get at these programmes?
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Well, gee, do you think going to Acronis.com or Symantec.com just might be a
start?

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> When is someone going to tell me how to get at these programmes?
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Harry Ohrn is telling you that that the XP backup program is a. Not
installed [default] on the Home version. b. In his opinion, the XP
NTBackup program is not the best available. Better are Norton's Ghost 9
and Acronis TrueImage; however, they both are not free.
You can pull NTBackup off your XP CD and install it or download it from
:http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm . Scroll down to
"Installing the Backup Program on the Home Version" and click the
highlighted words to download.
Gene K

Alan Holmes wrote:
> "Harry Ohrn" <harry---@webtree.ca> wrote in message
> news:%23QU$6074EHA.3380@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>
>>Sounds like you have XP Home version. The NTBackup program that ships with
>>the Home version of XP has less than minimal value which is likely the
>>reason why it is not installed by default. The version that ships with XP
>>Pro is only slightly better but not by much. Try Acronis TrueImage or
>>Symantec Ghost.
>
>
> When is someone going to tell me how to get at these programmes?
 

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Yes, but theHarry made slight point in the difference between Home and Pro versions.

Even if he installs the Home program, it won't do what he wants, which a is a full system backup, since Home will only back up data and settings. Pro will do a full system backup as well (called Automated System Recovery Wizard).

"Not Me" <nobody@nowhere.net> wrote in message news:uWT%23wCg5EHA.1404@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
> Harry Ohrn is telling you that that the XP backup program is a. Not
> installed [default] on the Home version. b. In his opinion, the XP
> NTBackup program is not the best available. Better are Norton's Ghost 9
> and Acronis TrueImage; however, they both are not free.
> You can pull NTBackup off your XP CD and install it or download it from
> :http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm . Scroll down to
> "Installing the Backup Program on the Home Version" and click the
> highlighted words to download.
> Gene K
>
> Alan Holmes wrote:
>> "Harry Ohrn" <harry---@webtree.ca> wrote in message
>> news:%23QU$6074EHA.3380@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>>
>>>Sounds like you have XP Home version. The NTBackup program that ships with
>>>the Home version of XP has less than minimal value which is likely the
>>>reason why it is not installed by default. The version that ships with XP
>>>Pro is only slightly better but not by much. Try Acronis TrueImage or
>>>Symantec Ghost.
>>
>>
>> When is someone going to tell me how to get at these programmes?
 

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I have little faith in XP when using DVD's based on my experience but need a
backup program like ghost 9. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a
trial copy and refuse to pay $70 for something that may not work for me. Any
idea where to get a demo copy? None at Symantec site that I can find. I am
currently testing NTI BACKUP and it looks OK but no drive image, just files.
SG

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> Sounds like you have XP Home version. The NTBackup program that ships with
> the Home version of XP has less than minimal value which is likely the
> reason why it is not installed by default. The version that ships with XP
> Pro is only slightly better but not by much. Try Acronis TrueImage or
> Symantec Ghost.
>
> --
>
> Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
> www.webtree.ca/windowsxp
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> "Alan Holmes" <alan.holmes@virgin.net> wrote in message
> news:yjhwd.514$JI3.195@newsfe1-win.ntli.net...
> |
> | How the f*** do I make a FULL backup of everything on the master
> | hard disk?
> |
> | The programme misleads you to thinking that this can be done, but
> | when you try it. it comes back with a message telling you that
> | 'The files for the recovery diskette could not be created',
> | what the hell does that mean?
> |
> | I'm trying to make the backup to the 'D' drive, which has more
> | than adequate space on it.
> |
> | I did try to do it to a CD but it would not allow me to chose the
> | CD drive.
> |
> | --
> | alan
> |
> | reply to alan(dot)holmes27(at)virgin(dot)net
> |
> |
> |
> |
> |
>
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BootIt NG makes a nice imaging program, as well as having a great partition manager, and much more. It comes iwth a 30 day full functional trial, $35 to pruchase.
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html

"shakey" <shakey@nearsonic.net> wrote in message news:2Mkxd.13237$_3.149349@typhoon.sonic.net...
>I have little faith in XP when using DVD's based on my experience but need a
> backup program like ghost 9. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a
> trial copy and refuse to pay $70 for something that may not work for me. Any
> idea where to get a demo copy? None at Symantec site that I can find. I am
> currently testing NTI BACKUP and it looks OK but no drive image, just files.
> SG
>
> "Harry Ohrn" <harry---@webtree.ca> wrote in message
> news:%23QU$6074EHA.3380@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>> Sounds like you have XP Home version. The NTBackup program that ships with
>> the Home version of XP has less than minimal value which is likely the
>> reason why it is not installed by default. The version that ships with XP
>> Pro is only slightly better but not by much. Try Acronis TrueImage or
>> Symantec Ghost.
>>
>> --
>>
>> Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
>> www.webtree.ca/windowsxp
>>
>>
>> "Alan Holmes" <alan.holmes@virgin.net> wrote in message
>> news:yjhwd.514$JI3.195@newsfe1-win.ntli.net...
>> |
>> | How the f*** do I make a FULL backup of everything on the master
>> | hard disk?
>> |
>> | The programme misleads you to thinking that this can be done, but
>> | when you try it. it comes back with a message telling you that
>> | 'The files for the recovery diskette could not be created',
>> | what the hell does that mean?
>> |
>> | I'm trying to make the backup to the 'D' drive, which has more
>> | than adequate space on it.
>> |
>> | I did try to do it to a CD but it would not allow me to chose the
>> | CD drive.
>> |
>> | --
>> | alan
>> |
>> | reply to alan(dot)holmes27(at)virgin(dot)net
>> |
>> |
>> |
>> |
>> |
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I found Acronis TrueImage trial here (15 days, no restore):
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/

But there is no trial package at Symantec
"norton ghost 9" trial download
gave a lot of links at google though, but they aren't on Symantec's
homepage, so...



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"shakey" <shakey@nearsonic.net> kirjoitti viestissä
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> I have little faith in XP when using DVD's based on my experience but need
a
> backup program like ghost 9. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a
> trial copy and refuse to pay $70 for something that may not work for me.
Any
> idea where to get a demo copy? None at Symantec site that I can find. I am
> currently testing NTI BACKUP and it looks OK but no drive image, just
files.
> SG
>
> "Harry Ohrn" <harry---@webtree.ca> wrote in message
> news:%23QU$6074EHA.3380@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> > Sounds like you have XP Home version. The NTBackup program that ships
with
> > the Home version of XP has less than minimal value which is likely the
> > reason why it is not installed by default. The version that ships with
XP
> > Pro is only slightly better but not by much. Try Acronis TrueImage or
> > Symantec Ghost.
> >
> > --
> >
> > Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
> > www.webtree.ca/windowsxp
> >
> >
> > "Alan Holmes" <alan.holmes@virgin.net> wrote in message
> > news:yjhwd.514$JI3.195@newsfe1-win.ntli.net...
> > |
> > | How the f*** do I make a FULL backup of everything on the master
> > | hard disk?
> > |
> > | The programme misleads you to thinking that this can be done, but
> > | when you try it. it comes back with a message telling you that
> > | 'The files for the recovery diskette could not be created',
> > | what the hell does that mean?
> > |
> > | I'm trying to make the backup to the 'D' drive, which has more
> > | than adequate space on it.
> > |
> > | I did try to do it to a CD but it would not allow me to chose the
> > | CD drive.
> > |
> > | --
> > | alan
> > |
> > | reply to alan(dot)holmes27(at)virgin(dot)net
> > |
> > |
> > |
> > |
> > |
> >
> >
>
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Thanks for these ref's.
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> programs I've yet to find.
>
> FS~
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In the days of DOS there was a very useful programme called XCOPY,
I know it still exists but has anyone used it recently?


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On Tue, 21 Dec 2004 18:17:58 GMT, Alan Holmes wrote:

> In the days of DOS there was a very useful programme called XCOPY,
> I know it still exists but has anyone used it recently?

XCopy was very nice. Most of the recommendations I see for XP is to use
xxcopy (http://www.xxcopy.com/index.htm). It's good for backup but, from
what I've read, the results do not produce a drive copy that can boot on
its own.

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XCOPY works within a comand prompt under XP, and has essentialy the same
format as it did in DOS.

I just used it earlier today on a PC with XP SP2.


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> In the days of DOS there was a very useful programme called XCOPY,
> I know it still exists but has anyone used it recently?
>
>
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>
> reply to alan(dot)holmes27(at)virgin(dot)net
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> In the days of DOS there was a very useful programme called XCOPY,
> I know it still exists but has anyone used it recently?
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Ah but will xxcopy clone work on XP? That works great on 98se for creating a true image copy on
another hard disk in the root.

On Tue, 21 Dec 2004 13:15:37 -0600, Sharon F <sharonfDEL@ETEmvps.org> wrote:

>On Tue, 21 Dec 2004 18:17:58 GMT, Alan Holmes wrote:
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>> In the days of DOS there was a very useful programme called XCOPY,
>> I know it still exists but has anyone used it recently?
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>XCopy was very nice. Most of the recommendations I see for XP is to use
>xxcopy (http://www.xxcopy.com/index.htm). It's good for backup but, from
>what I've read, the results do not produce a drive copy that can boot on
>its own.

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On Wed, 22 Dec 2004 08:39:09 -0500, KG wrote:

> Ah but will xxcopy clone work on XP? That works great on 98se for creating a true image copy on
> another hard disk in the root

As far as I know (and as I said in my previous reply), no - it does not do
the same thing for XP that it will do for Win98.

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