Windows Vista - Windows prevents backup to DVD-RW disk

Asked By Mara L. on 10-Mar-11 08:31 PM
My previous question was cut off.
Here is the whole of it: Windows Vista does not allow me to backup my files to a DVD-RW disk.
This is a disk that is intact, not corrupted.

Here's what happens: Windows shows that files are being scanned and readied for backup; then
about 1 hour later a dialog box pops up stating: please insert a blank disk and write the
following (a file name chosen by Windows) on the disk.

I insert my blank (formatted) disk and press OK, but the dialog box doesn't accept that, only
shudders when I press the OK tab and does not disappear, then causes the backup files bar
to turn from green to red, and finally tells me that my backup has failed....This has happened
the last 10 times I have tried to backup to a DVD-RW disk!

In addition, other times when I have inserted a blank, formatted disk, the dialog box has told me
that the disk is a former backup disk even though I have never managed to do any kind of
backup on it!

What can I do about this deranged behavior?
Thank you for your attention.
marlem388@att.net



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Venkat K replied to Mara L. on 10-Mar-11 08:59 PM
I have also faced this sort of problem previously, but i can burn cds sometimes and it fails sometimes.
The problem may be with your CD ROM - There will be a small cable inside the CD-ROM which may not work properly. Try to get your laptop to a customer care center and ask them whether the cable is fine or not.
I hope replacing the cable will help you in resolving this issue.

Thanks
Mara L. replied to Venkat K on 10-Mar-11 11:34 PM
Dear Mr. Rajesh,

Thank you so very much for your response.
You have alerted me to a mechanism I knew nothing about--the small cable inside
the CD/DVD drive component.

Unfortunately I don't have a laptop but a desktop, so it will be more difficult
to get my heavy tower and multiple wires to a customer care center, but I am
very appreciative of your time and attention to my problem.

It is a strange phenomenon: I have no trouble burning other files to DVD-RWs;
but attempts to backup files always lead to failure!

Again thank you.
Mara L. Cunningham

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Anoop S replied to Mara L. on 10-Mar-11 11:43 PM
 What program are you using to backup the Files?
 Have you tried to choose a different backup Media like External Hard disk?

If you are just planning to backup some of the files or pictures on to the DVD, in my opinion the better option would be to burn the files on to the DVD.

If you are using a Re-writeable disc to create backup make sure that you format and erase the disc before using it as a backup media.

Also check if you are able to reformat the disc. It could be possible that the Windows backup utility is failing to reformat the disc. Since this is a re-writable media.

I also suggest that you check if you are able to burn the disc from the Windows Explorer.

You can also try to backup using the command ‘Wbadmin’. Here is an article that will give you information on how to backup using the Command and the parameters:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754015%28WS.10%29.aspx
Mara L. replied to Anoop S on 11-Mar-11 12:17 AM
Hello, Anoop S.,

I have just replied to your previous mail and again thank you
for even further advice.

I formerly did backup to an external hard drive (LaCie) but it was
malfunctioning--my Vista Home Premium could no longer discover it!

...And that is why I resorted to DVD-RWs.

Again thank you for the excellent suggestions and the additional advice.
Mara L. Cunningham



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