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Q: ?? Backup to a CDRW where Win XP Pro only sees drive A floppy ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: ?? Backup to a CDRW where Win XP Pro only sees drive A floppy
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: kaal-ga
List Price: $4.50
Posted: 26 Sep 2002 19:54 PDT
Expires: 26 Oct 2002 19:54 PDT
Question ID: 69552
Have new laptop P4 1.4 w/XP Pro o/s.
Laptop configured to run on my business's network.
When using backup wiz, only option to save backup file is to drive A 3.5" floppy.
Laptop has fixed CDRW-DVD combo unit.
How do I backup to the CDRW?
TKS - Alan
Subject: Re: ?? Backup to a CDRW where Win XP Pro only sees drive A floppy
Answered By: deadlychiapet-ga on 26 Sep 2002 20:25 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi there,

Unfortunately Windows XP's built in backup program has a bit of a
limitation in it, that is it can't back up to CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R drives.
See this support article in Microsoft's KB for more details:;en-us;Q315255.

However, you still have a few options. You can instead have the backup
program write the backup to somewhere on your hard drive by clicking
the browse button and choosing where you want to place it. Once that's
completed, as long as the backup file is less than the capacity of the
CDRW you can copy it to the CD right from Windows explorer by dragging
and dropping it into the drive.

Another option would be using a third party backup program, nearly all
of which support writing to CD's. A good one seems to be Backup Plus
(, but there are many others out there. A
search on Windows xp cdrw backup software
brings up many different programs.

Hope that helps solve your problem! If not, please feel free to ask
for clarification and I'll be happy to continue looking for you.

Google search terms used:
Windows xp cdrw backup software
Windows xp cdrw backup
Windows xp backup

Microsoft Knowledge base searches (
Windows xp backup
kaal-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
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