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XP - CD Burn backup using command line script

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Hi

I dont have XP but I need to produce some automated backup procedures that invoke CD burner to backup a specified Folder and all sub folders. The client has XP as a minimum platform, and I believe that CD Burn can be invoked by Shell("command line script")
Anyone got any examples of how to do this, apreciated.

Alan
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by:91mustang
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Take a look here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Miscellaneous/Q_20717241.html

I have used the nero one and it works well..

hope it helps
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by:Alan Warren
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Hi 91mustang

thanks for that mate.

The link to goldenhawk in the link you posted looks promising.
https://secure.goldenhawk.cdarchive.com/
The single-user registration fee is US$39 + $10 for each additional licence.

I was under the impression that the XP platform supported drag and drop to the burner and Right Click SendTo: The Burner built in functionality, am I mistaken about this premise? If not surely we could use the logic behind either of these shortcut features invoked by VBA/Shell in a similar fashion as we would invoke winzip or makecab.

The nero script looks good but for this project the device is an unknown factor.
Though it seems that the cost of purchasing this goldenhawk product that claims to provide this funtionality accross all platforms for all devices may be the most financially viable option compared to my development rates.

What do you think?

Alan

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by:91mustang
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Yes you are correct. XP does ship with drag and drop software... trying to track down the commandline line to pass as we speak... should be able to do it. give me a few minutes... in the mean time here is a free option:

http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/CreateCD.htm
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Hi Alan,

I believe that in order to do so, it is simply "copying" the file to the burner, which actually copys it to a temporary folder.

I'll look around; be back in 15 minutes or so with hopefully a promising command line.

Andrew
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by:Alan Warren
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G' Day Andrew,

thanks for dropping by.

Alan
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my bad, thats not what you want sorry
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by:Alan Warren
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I have downloaded the GoldenHawk demo, 16 bit Dos version, they have it throttled to burn at 1X speed till you purchase, this is gonna be a long painfull bench test.

Alan
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lol, doesn't sound like much fun...
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Hey mate,

http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.cfm?catid=33&threadid=1268963

This is what I got, and I'm still looking.

Andrew
P.S. My Messenger shut down and won't start back up... sorry for that mishap yesterday! I'll try to get back on. Have YIM?
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by:Alan Warren
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Hi 91mustang

Got a 404 page not found error on these two:
http://www-user.tu-chemnitz.de/~noe...2-win32-bin.zip 
http://www-user.tu-chemnitz.de/~noe/cygwin.zip 

The MSDN link looks interesting: investigating

thanks...

Alan
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that should work ya!!
cheers
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by:91mustang
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take a look at the options:
Cdburn.exe: ISO CD-ROM Burner Tool
and
Dvdburn.exe: ISO DVD Burner Tool
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by:Alan Warren
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Hi 91mustang and Andrew,

In an XP environment is CD Burner an option in the SendTo menu group?

If so could we use this technology to invoke the Send To?

How to "Send To" in Visual Basic Code
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Visual_Basic/Q_20913150.html

Alan
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Yes Allan, it is!

the only thing is you need to ensure that the  drive property:
"Enable CD recording on this drive" is selected. then it will show up in the in the SendTo menu group.
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by:Alan Warren
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Cool :)

Sorry about the delay responding, trying to wade through it all.

Currently looking at this:
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EASY Burning Publisher's Description:
EASY Burning is the easiest way to backup your files in a cdr(w). Integrated to the shell (send to) or used as a normal
application, EASY Burning works with any CD writer. .Write a folder and files, pictures and what ever you want. Easy to use.

http://www.sofotex.com/EASY-Burning-download_L7199.html
Reviews:
http://www.sofotex.com/reviews/r7199.html

Alan
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sounds promosing....

did you look at:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=9D467A69-57FF-4AE7-96EE-B18C4790CFFD

It says at the top server 2003, but at bottom it says:
Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003, Windows XP
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by:Alan Warren
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Hi 91mustang,

Did visit the link, it's a hefty download, on dailup here at home, and I am developing in win2000, I know it is really difficult to develop XP projects in Win2000, but I suspect the 2003 server toolkit may not even install on win2000. I have a timed realese of win 2003 server on cd here somewhere will see if I can't pluck the file off there. The client probably has win2003 server, but the app I am developing is to be deployed with a minimum platform requirement of XP operating system so I am trying to target that platform or even less, so I can be assured broad base compatability.

I intend to hopefully write a small vba script similar to the link I posted earlier:
How to "Send To" in Visual Basic Code
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Visual_Basic/Q_20913150.html

Then get someone who has XP installed to test it for me, before I deploy to the client.

Either that or reccomend a freeware tool like: http://www.sofotex.com/EASY-Burning-download_L7199.html which I am currently dowloading.

I do appreciate your input.

thanks...

Alan

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by:nexusnation
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I see you are on to a solution...

This is a bit of a pain sometimes:
<< "Enable CD recording on this drive" is selected. then it will show up in the in the SendTo menu group. >>

For instance, my XP doesn't recognize that I have a burner, and there's no box.

Or is it just me?

;) Andrew
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by:Alan Warren
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Is your burner funtional Andrew?
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by:91mustang
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>>>This is a bit of a pain sometimes:

Thats weird I have a brand new dual format DVD burner. burns dvd + and - and cdr and cdrw...XP recognizes right away. Have an older drive that just does cd's, and that gets recognized as well...

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thanks :)
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