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Backing up to CDRW in W2K

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How do you get backup to reconize your CDRW inW2K? When I try to do a schedualed backup of a data file I get message E drive is not reconized for this.

E:is not a valid drive,or you do not have access
 
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The easiest thing to do is to is to use a utility like DirectCD, and format the disk. That way, instead of "burning a CD" as a backup method, you are "backing up to a backup file".. that file can be on the DirectCD disk is simply a Rewriteable in your burner drive.

The DirectCD-formatted CD is treated like any other hard drive, network drive, or floppy drive. Once the system recognizes it, it will allow you to read and write to it like it was a floppy.
 
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arden

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I have been trying to backup using direct cd.I keep getting the same message. E: is not a valid drive,or you do not have access
I use direct cd all the time , but cant get it to work with auto backup.
 

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hmm.. that's odd... can you copy regular files onto the cd?

another way to do it is to make a scheduled task to run this command:

c:\winnt\system32\xcopy.exe C:\*.* E:\ /A

Backup method:
Nothing = Normal, leave it marked as changed
/A = "Differencial Backup" - copy anything changed, leave it marked as changed
/M = "Incimental backup" - copy anything changed, mark it as not changed

/E = copy everything, incl. subdirectories, and empty directories
/V = verify files
/C = continue even if errors occur
/I = assume destination is a directory (and not a file)
/H = copy hidden and system files
/R = overwrite read only files
/K = copy attributes
/O = copy ownership & permissions (good if you are duplicating an NTFS volume onto another NTFS volume, useless for backups to CD's)
/X = copy audit settings (useless for backups to CDs)
/Y = dont' prompt (automated)
 
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Were using W2KServer operating system. Trying to backup MYOB data file (MYOB is are company software) were not using a domain, were just using a work group.
 

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yup, this command will do a full backup of any files in that directory (or you can specify files to back up.

c:\winnt\system32\xcopy.exe C:\MYOB\*.* E:\ /E /V /C /I /K /R /Y

just set that as a scheduled task, and make sure the CDRW is in when it goes off.