Thank you Lynn and Mr. Hardin for your replies:
If the idea is to make a backup of your computer (from which you can do a system restore)
No, the idea is NOT to make a system restore backup.
I just have some very important files that I don't want to lose in case my hard drive crashes: Internet web pages, Microsoft Word and Excel documents, some jpeg files, ms word templates, macros, favorites folder or internet bookmarks, other personal documents -- that sort of thing. Once I have nailed down a repeatable and reliable method for backing up those files for archival purposes, I can attack my new problem of backing up enough to do a full system restore.
I also want to use media that is NOT magnetic and subject to destruction. I think it is called archival media or something else that lasts a long time. Years ago, I tried the well-received Castlewood ORB 2.2 gig drive and two years later suddenly all my data had gone bad and there was no way to retrieve it! Now I want something that isn't going to disappoint. I also am not interested in storing my data online where anybody can packet-sniff during transfer or where the company has too much control over the view and distribution of my data. The reason I bought the CDR was so I, alone, can make personal backups of data with uncomplicated restore options. Maybe that is too much to ask?
What does Norton Ghost, or Acronis True Image do that Roxio Creator Classic does not? Besides storing my data online, which I am NOT interested in.
Thank you for your keen insight Lynn!
From your version number it appears you have Basic and there is one update since yours: 18.104.22.168 (4/16/04)
I will try to find that version and make the change. Thank you.
Also set your Method to Disc at Once. You may also need to switch the File System to UDF – No Bridge depending on your filepath size.
I've looked at wikipedia and http://whatis.com
and cannot find out how UDF - No Bridge restricts my options.
For example, is the maximum size for a file name still 64 characters? Because some of my bookmark titles go on forever (not my choice) and I cannot go back to 8 characters and a three-character extension. I just don't think in terms of such short filenames anymore.
Is there a way to create a project that puts files on multiple discs but refrains from splitting a single file over multiple disks?
That would make restoring much, much easier and I don't have to worry about a recovery program, just copy the files back over. I have done just that when I made backups to one disc for each project. I had to do some file size juggling. I wish there were a program that figured that out for you!
Thank you again for all help and wisdom.