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Best Utility for Backing Up to DVD


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#1 sikntired

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 11:18 AM

I have inherited numerous DVD's  and was considering utilizing them for periodic backups. In the past, I have used Windows backup to DVD. Of course this was prior to other more efficient programs and/or the use of external HDD's.

 

I wanted to put these DVD-RW's to good use and was wondering what software would be best to use (ie., Easeus,Acronis, Aoemi).

 

I am looking for something user-friendly that would not be too technical. Anyone have any experience with such?

 

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 11:30 AM

Which operating system are you using?

How much data are you talking about?


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Posted 31 August 2017 - 11:59 AM

I've used DVD-RWs in the past for making full image backups of my then 20G, later 100G C and D partitions.  And, because something can go wrong with any one DVD-RW within a set during an attempted restore, I always made two sets, duplicates.  There are a number of free and fee backup / restore / cloning programs that surely can also use DVD-RWs.

One warning:  I used to place my listening-in-the-car mp3s onto DVD-RWs, eventually, slowly, over time, one of the DVD-RWs would begin to make an extra noise-bit now and then, a few more burps and skips, until I re-full-formatted them and started over.   DVD-RWs can become problematic over time, forcing a full format and another re-load of whatever was on it to start with. 


"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 12:44 PM

I've used DVD-RWs in the past for making full image backups of my then 20G, later 100G C and D partitions.  And, because something can go wrong with any one DVD-RW within a set during an attempted restore, I always made two sets, duplicates.  There are a number of free and fee backup / restore / cloning programs that surely can also use DVD-RWs.

One warning:  I used to place my listening-in-the-car mp3s onto DVD-RWs, eventually, slowly, over time, one of the DVD-RWs would begin to make an extra noise-bit now and then, a few more burps and skips, until I re-full-formatted them and started over.   DVD-RWs can become problematic over time, forcing a full format and another re-load of whatever was on it to start with. 

 

 

That sounds like many hours of work and a great big hassle. A nice 64 GB USB stick is so much easier and quicker.


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Posted 31 August 2017 - 01:20 PM

RockyB, +1, however, the end-user wanted to use the given DVD-RWs -- so I answered accordingly  :)


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#6 sikntired

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 02:07 PM

Which operating system are you using?

How much data are you talking about?

Win 7 Sp-1 7x64

Probably less than 4GB

 

I've used DVD-RWs in the past for making full image backups of my then 20G, later 100G C and D partitions.  And, because something can go wrong with any one DVD-RW within a set during an attempted restore, I always made two sets, duplicates.  There are a number of free and fee backup / restore / cloning programs that surely can also use DVD-RWs.

One warning:  I used to place my listening-in-the-car mp3s onto DVD-RWs, eventually, slowly, over time, one of the DVD-RWs would begin to make an extra noise-bit now and then, a few more burps and skips, until I re-full-formatted them and started over.   DVD-RWs can become problematic over time, forcing a full format and another re-load of whatever was on it to start with. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, understood. However I was thinking of using them weekly as just another source of an external backup.

 

Rocky Bennett said "That sounds like many hours of work and a great big hassle. A nice 64 GB USB stick is so much easier and quicker."

 

Please refer to my opening statement.



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Posted 31 August 2017 - 02:10 PM

Does anyone have a recommendation as to what software they have used which writes to DVD's other than Windows??


Edited by sikntired, 31 August 2017 - 02:13 PM.


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Posted 31 August 2017 - 03:59 PM

I used Norton Ghost from 2000+- until 2005+- on DVD-RWs; I was forced to use external hard-drives when C and D partitions were becoming loaded with good stuff.  Today, I think any number of free or fee backup / restore / cloning programs can write to DVDs and to DVD-RWs -- search, use, and let us know how things are going.  If DVD-RWs are going to be your main backup media pieces, I highly recommend making two sets, maybe one day apart.  Two sets once a month may be enough, depending upon how much your data changes.

By using DVD-RWs, I guess incremental and differential backups are out of the question.


Edited by RolandJS, 31 August 2017 - 04:01 PM.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forums/45/Computer-Technologies/

Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)


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Posted 31 August 2017 - 05:07 PM

@RolandJS,

 

Yes, I will be using the DVD's as another layer for backing up and doing this weekly. I understand that incrementals are out of the question.

 

I know DVD"s are antiquated in this day and age but surely there are some old die-hards that are still using them and was trying to elicit info from them as to what software they relied upon.

 

Anyway, thanks for the input. Guess I'll just browse.






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