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In the FAQ for ECDC 5 it mentions that Direct CD drag & drop, and CD-R, are not good choices for making backups (I have been, and I have lost several files as a result).

 

Can anyone suggest a more secure (the best?) way of achieving error-free backups? I mainly deal with Word documents and digital photos - willing to buy (ouch?!*&) another software package if necessary ...

 

Many thanks in advance

 

Stewart

 

Dell Dimension 4400, XP Home SP2, Philips CD/DVD+RW writer, with a copy of ECDC 5 that I am trying to restore

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In the FAQ for ECDC 5 it mentions that Direct CD drag & drop, and CD-R, are not good choices for making backups (I have been, and I have lost several files as a result).

 

Can anyone suggest a more secure (the best?) way of achieving error-free backups? I mainly deal with Word documents and digital photos - willing to buy (ouch?!*&) another software package if necessary ...

 

Many thanks in advance

 

Stewart

 

Dell Dimension 4400, XP Home SP2, Philips CD/DVD+RW writer, with a copy of ECDC 5 that I am trying to restore

If it is a question of having a spare copy (but not one that can be revised at will), CD-R and DataProject is reasonalby save - the caution is CD-RW. CD-R is "burned" by "cooking" a dye with the laser; CD-RW is "burned" (at a lower temperature) by the laser melting and recrystalizing an aluminum alloy - which promptly begins to de-crystalize - taking all the data with it.

 

Or, to have something that can be revised at will, use an External Hard Drive, or Flash drives (aka Thumb / Jump / Pen / Keychain drives).

 

Or, you could back up the entire Hard Drive to either an External Hard Drive, or another Hard Drive, or Optical disc (CD, DVD) using a program like Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image.

 

Lynn

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Lynn, thank you so much for this information (in fact, thanks to everyone in the forums -- I was finally able to extract files originally burned with ECDC and DirectCD using ISObuster).

 

One question:

 

CD-R is "burned" by "cooking" a dye with the laser; CD-RW is "burned" (at a lower temperature) by the laser melting and recrystalizing an aluminum alloy - which promptly begins to de-crystalize - taking all the data with it.

 

Would you say that it's the same with burning DVDs?

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Lynn, thank you so much for this information (in fact, thanks to everyone in the forums -- I was finally able to extract files originally burned with ECDC and DirectCD using ISObuster).

 

One question:

Would you say that it's the same with burning DVDs?

 

Yup. (Altho if you insist on formatting DVD/RWs, you can lose lots more information. :))

 

BTW - DirectCD is completely separate from ECDC, you were making the mistake of using DirectCD. I learned the hard way.

 

Some sites you might find of interest -

 

Media FAQ - Blank Media - CDFreaks

 

Byers Guide to CDs and DVDs (.pdf format)

 

Lynn

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