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Q: CD Burning Disk Spanning ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: CD Burning Disk Spanning
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: taticus-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 05 Aug 2002 12:21 PDT
Expires: 04 Sep 2002 12:21 PDT
Question ID: 50883
I periodically have to make a cd backup of several gigs of data.  I
need the directory structure preserved.  Each CD has to be able to be
accessed independently of one another.  If I were to copy each CD to a
new hard drive, a mirror image would be created.  The files have to be
in native format (ie, just pop in a CD and you can drag the files thru
explorer).  Right now i'm manually burning 650/700 MB at a time.  I
also cannot do this in DVD format.  IS there a piece of software that
will do this?  I want to point it to a directory, have it start
burning and all it does is prompt me for CD's.  Is there something lik
e that?  I don't want to spend more than 50 bux on the software

Request for Question Clarification by historybuff-ga on 05 Aug 2002 13:34 PDT
Willow Creek offers the following multi-cd backup software for $39.00.

"You can choose to store your files on the backup as simple copies of
the originals, so you can use the original programs to open them
directly on the backup without restoring them first. This also means
you can browse the backup discs with Windows Explorer, and copy files
off them just like copying files on your hard disk." You can download
a free trial here:

New Tech Infosystems sells Drive Backup for $49.99. You can download a
free trail and/or purchase here:

I want to make sure I understood your requirements before posting this
as an answer.  Just let me know if it's what you were looking for.



Clarification of Question by taticus-ga on 05 Aug 2002 15:03 PDT
I think you're on the right track.  Willow Creek doesn't quite work
(interface is really awful and requires packet writing software, but
very little instructions on where to get it other than "buy roxio" or
"buy nero", i couldn't get it to work.  And it said it may also only
support CDRW media, i have CD-R media), so it won't burn anything.

The NTI product creates an image in a proprietary format, so I can't
get to the files in their native format.

I can't break up my data onto 650MB logical drives for two reasons. 
It's most definately not practical, and i would still have to manually
copy each logical drive.  I want the software to just prompt for me to
enter a new CD as it fills up the old ones.

If it helps the searching, let's take off the 50.00 cap on the
software.  So far I've installed probablby 6 or 7 Cd burning software
products to no avail.


Clarification of Question by taticus-ga on 05 Aug 2002 18:27 PDT
i just went out and bought Roxio Platinum 5 for 80 bux.  After
installing Roxio, the Willow creek software began working.  I'll know
in a little while if it will do what I'd want it to do.  If there is
another piece of software with the same feature but a better interface
(Willow creek stinks! (: ) that would be terrific.  But if this works
ok i'll close out the question.  If you can find someting else that
would be great.  I'm going to give you an excellent rating anyway.

I'll repost in an hour or two

Request for Question Clarification by historybuff-ga on 05 Aug 2002 21:10 PDT
Thank you for your offer, but I don't think I've provided enough
information that you didn't already have.  Here's a link that has
several similar products.  From reading your reply, I believe you are
better able to evaluate which will work for you than I am.

Good luck!

Clarification of Question by taticus-ga on 05 Aug 2002 22:55 PDT
No I think you did. This is my first time using  I
want to close the question and I want to pay you. BTW the willow creek
software (even though the interfaces is wretched) performs EXACTLY as
I wished.    How do i close the question and pay for your time?

Subject: Re: CD Burning Disk Spanning
Answered By: historybuff-ga on 06 Aug 2002 12:46 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello taticus,

Thank you!  I' glad your problem is solved, and appreciate your
request to pay me for my time.

Consider answer closed and paid for!


taticus-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Led me to the software with the exact requirements I was looking for.

Subject: Re: CD Burning Disk Spanning
From: lot-ga on 05 Aug 2002 12:50 PDT
one work around solution, (not the most efficient) is to discipline
yourself to storing your data in 650mb chunks by creating multiple
drives of 650mb which you store your data. So when the time comes to
backing up, it's simply a case of 'drag and drop' the multiple 650mb
drive contents onto the CD using your standard CD writing software.
That way the CD's would also be a perfect mirror of your 650mb drive
letters, and you can label your backup CD's accordingly e.g. 'drive H'
'drive I' 'drive 'J' etc

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