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Windows Backup does not back up to CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R devices

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When you select a backup media device in Backup (Ntbackup.exe), you cannot select a CD-R (compact disc recordable), CD-RW (compact disc rewritable), or DVD-R (digital video disc recordable) device.

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This issue occurs because Removable Storage Management does not recognize CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R devices as backup pool media, even though you can add these media types in Removable Storage Management. Ntbackup.exe therefore does not support backup to these devices.

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To resolve this issue, perform the backup to some other media type, for example, to a tape or to a hard disk.

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This behavior is by design.

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More information

Removable Storage Management regards CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R as just a file system-capable media type. However, the Windows file system does not support formatting CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R media. Removable Storage Management cannot write an RSM free label because the disc appears to be write-protected. This means that Removable Storage Management treats CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD-R media as read-only media types even if you add them to the Ntbackup media pool.

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Keywords: kbbackup, kbprb, KB315255

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Article Info
Article ID : 315255
Revision : 5
Created on : 5/7/2007
Published on : 5/7/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 111