Backing up to CD-RW


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Steve Dell

I have a laptop with a CD-RW built in. I'm using Easy CD Creator's Direct
Drive that mounts the CD as another hard drive. I've used this for quite
sometime backing up Quicken Data.

Now that I've moved to QuickBooks Pro 2003, when I try to point to that
location, instead of using D:\QuickBooks Backup\ that I either type or copy
into it as the specified location, it QB wants to put it into something like
C:\...\Local Settings\Microsoft\CD Burning. (this is an approximation of
the location).

For whatever reason, it wants to back up to an area of my main hard drive
even though I've directed it to the D drive. What's even more strange is
that if I point to the CD-RW on my wife's machine on my network, it writes
just fine.

Any suggestions or directions as to why it won't write directly to my
internal CD-RW.

Using Windows XP Home on both.

TIA

Steve
 
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Orrie

I suspect that some factory installed software is over-ruling you. I had
this problem with my new Dell XP desktop computer, which came stuffed with
mostly useless software. (Sorry, Steve, but I'll assume you're not related
to Michael.) Try going through the msconfig/Startup list and uncheck any CD
writing programs that may be starting in the background when you boot up.
Restart the computer and try to use Direct CD again.

Another thought: are you sure it's a good idea to back up onto a CD-RW? I
thought that CD-RWs are more likely than CD-Rs to *not* be readable on other
computers, or even other drives on the same computer. In that case, if your
current RW drive fails and you have to replace it, you may not be able to
use your backups. For this reason, I only use CD-Rs for backups. With a
Direct CD-formatted disk, you can "unlock" a CD-R to write more, as long as
there's room on it, but you can't erase and reuse the disk as you can with a
CD-RW.

Orrie
 
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Nukie Poo

Orrie said:
I suspect that some factory installed software is over-ruling you. I had
this problem with my new Dell XP desktop computer, which came stuffed with
mostly useless software. (Sorry, Steve, but I'll assume you're not related
to Michael.) Try going through the msconfig/Startup list and uncheck any CD
writing programs that may be starting in the background when you boot up.
Restart the computer and try to use Direct CD again.

Another thought: are you sure it's a good idea to back up onto a CD-RW? I
thought that CD-RWs are more likely than CD-Rs to *not* be readable on other
computers, or even other drives on the same computer. In that case, if your
current RW drive fails and you have to replace it, you may not be able to
use your backups. For this reason, I only use CD-Rs for backups. With a
Direct CD-formatted disk, you can "unlock" a CD-R to write more, as long as
there's room on it, but you can't erase and reuse the disk as you can with a
CD-RW.

Orrie
I agree. CD-RW is not a reliable medium for backing up a business, imho
 
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Frank

Could it be an update to XP or Direct CD? I had this problem on two
computers, but it has gone away . Unfortunately I do not know which update
 
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John

Intuit says QB2003 R8 (the latest) fixes this.

Frank said:
Could it be an update to XP or Direct CD? I had this problem on two
computers, but it has gone away . Unfortunately I do not know which update
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Steve Dell

Intuit says QB2003 R8 (the latest) fixes this.
Thanks for the tip on R8. I had to force the download. When it installed it,
backing up to a CD-RW works fine. One thing I hadn't noticed before and
perhaps this was the fix, there is a checkbox that asks if you want to use
Windoze XP's CD writing feature. when I turned that off, it wrote directly
to the CD-RW which had been formatted with Easy CD Creators' formatting
software.

It appears now to be writing to the correct location.

Thanks.

Steve
 
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Tim Kroesen

Actually, you're probably using 'Direct CD' which is packet writing s/w.
commonly used for backup on CD-RW media. The problem is you've selected
the best possible combination of s/w and media available to increase the
chance of data loss and unreadable disks. Plainly CD-R media retains
info better than CD-RW and may be used in both packet writing (DCD) and
EZ CD Creator, which is Mastering s/w and an even better choice; IMO
Multisession mastered backup files to CD-R are most reliable. Built in
media redundancy too as you fill up and replace cheap CD-R media
regularly.

EZCDC data mastering interface is virtually drag and drop from Explorer
like panes; set the disc preferences to ISO9660 and import previous
sessions; then burn the session leaving the disc open. You just saved
130mb of total disc space because you didn't 'packet format' with
mastering, per session overheads are only 15-20 Mb each time you add
one. You can also get significant 'packet format' overhead savings by
using CD-R media to packet write (DCD) because it uses a different write
strategy to write once media more akin to mastering. That way at least
you remove the flaky media (CD-RW) out of the failure equation.

Tim K
 
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Steve Dell

Wow, I didn't know there was so much to know about this stuff. Frankly, I
was treating the CD-RW basically as a hard drive.

When I make a backup to a CD-R, I need to run EZCDC and drag and drop the
data file(s) to the CD-R? is that the process?

Thanks for your patience with this newbie kind of question.

Steve
 
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Tim Kroesen

You can use either program to write to a CDR. DCD is packet writing and
EZCDC is mastering. Mastering interfaces are usually just like
Explorer; drag and drop from a HDD view into a disc assembly pane;
select your disc 'modes' and variables and burn. You can reuse the disc
to its full capacity. In a nutshell; packet writing to CDRW media
scrambles the data all over it (sparing), making it difficult to
recover; when you use CDR media it is more or less written contiguously
and more easily recoverable if trouble. you can also Master to either
media type; however the *media* itself should be your primary concern
and CDRW media is noted for losing data or TOC more easily than write
once media. Here are some FAQ's on burning:

http://www.mrichter.com/
CDR resource from Mike Richter.

http://www.cdrfaq.org/
Large and somewhat technical FAQ

Tim K
 
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doc

This is doing exactly what it's designed to do. It writes the file to that
"staging" folder, then you burn to a CDRW from windows XP.

This is not a QuickBooks limitation, it's a Windows XP thing. Any data that
gets pointed to burn to a CDRW goes to this staging area first.


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Jack Hatfield

Update R8 is supposed to help with the Direct CD problem. Have you
loaded that yet? If not go to update Quickbooks and force it to
download it. See if that helps you.

This is doing exactly what it's designed to do. It writes the file to that
"staging" folder, then you burn to a CDRW from windows XP.

This is not a QuickBooks limitation, it's a Windows XP thing. Any data that
gets pointed to burn to a CDRW goes to this staging area first.


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