Posted 09 May 2005 - 10:33 AM
Sure you can back up files on the same computer as many times as you like. Then, when the hard drive dies, you lose all of them.
Backing up files with a CD burner should not be hard. I used to use HP burning software, which was quite simple, and Roxio Easy CD Creator when I needed to burn a disk image.
To use a CD-RW disk, you must format it first. That takes about 45 minutes. But you shouldn't need to format a CD-R.
I don't know which software you have exactly, but you should be able to add files. The Easy CD Creator I used was a bit confusing since it had about four panes. The files or folders that will be backed up should be in the right lower pane.
You should even be able to open a Windows Explorer window where your files are alongside your Roxio software and drag the files from Explorer to Roxio.
You can overwrite files on a CD-RW disk but not a CD-R disk. I use a CD-RW disk to backup my checkbook/business files and use the same disk over and over without problems. Once formatted, it works just like a hard drive.
Was that any help?