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Hi, Here is my problem
I have a PM7100 connected with a NT 4.0 server. the NT server use NTFS so that Mac can use it as a file server.
Recently I tried to back up some files from the NT server, I attached a Sony 926S CD-R drive to my PM7100 and use Toast 3.5.2 software, since Toast can't use a server as a Volume, so I choose Folders and Files format to do the backup.
OK, I draged some folders from NT server to Toast and start
to backup, when the total capacity is less then about 400MB, I have no any problem to burn the CD, but when the total capacity is more then 400MB, although there ain't ANY error message during the write/verify process just like before, the CD doesn't show on the desktop when finish burning. In Toast's "Get Disk Info" It does show there are data in the CD, but the CD just can be indentified by CD-ROM drive or CD-R drive. It's so mysertious for me...
I'd heard about using the Folders and Files format would results in limied capacity less the CD-R's default capacity, but 400MB when to far..
Any suggest would be welcome.

Note: Again, there is not ANY error message during write/verify process and I did try for times, I wonder if it's a problem of the software(Toast, Open Transport, apple talk) or the hardware(CD-R drive).
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Hiya...
First let me state that we use Toast all the time. Data fragmentation and speed is critical. we have to turn off File Sharing (As the Toast Manuall says so) so that network traffic doesn't slow the Mac.

I have never ever heard of burning to a CD over a Network (This is why Toast will not accept network volumes). Even with 100BaseT, Appletalk protocols don't get anywhere near this transfer rate.

So, free up the space on your 7100 and copy the files to your local disk. Then use speed disc to de-frag it. Then turn off file sharing, keeping extensions to a minimum. Make sure Norton Filesaver is turned off, and also disable any screen savers.

This will then allow trouble free burning.

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Finally I know what was happening, Toast pro do network backup very well(using Folder and File format), but using NT as a file server you must be careful that some icons you see in NT server
can't transfer across network, the bigest one is NT's mounted Volume's icon, so if you drag the icon to Toast's date area directly, Toast can burn CD but you won't see anything when finished. The correct way is make a new CD in Toast's data area, then open mounted volume, drag all the thing to date area, now everything will be ok!
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Hiya vanity4...
Thanks for updating me on Toast Pro. I wasn't aware that an upgrade could do network burns (We shall upgrade immediatley). Therefore I did not answer your question and you should have went back to the help desk to ask for your question to be deleted and your points returned, seeing as you found the answer yourself.
However, atleast the question history will now be available for others to see the answer that was supplied by you.
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