Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions

Can't Back Up ?

Posted on 2007-12-05
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I'm on Win 98SE and  have never been able to back up my system, but after being told by my PC 3 times in the last week that I have a bad sector on my drive, I thought I had better try again. I bought 25 CD-R80 discs and started trying to backup. I followed the instructions onscreen and away it went, ' to my surprise '. After an hour or so it asked me to insert another disc as the current one was full, and that is the problem ? I tried every disc in the box I bought, but every time I put one in it's drive up popped the message : ' This media is part of the current backup and cannot be overwritten. Please insert another media to continue '..? What is going on, what am I doing wrong, why don't I understand ? Hmmm ? A day has passed with no answers, I got it wrong yet again ??
Question by:Sa11y
  • 3
  • 3
LVL 70

Expert Comment

by:Jason C. Levine
ID: 20422395

What are you using to backup the drive?  How big is the drive?

Author Comment

ID: 20422919
I am trying to backup onto CD, and I want to backup my C drive. I hope this is the information you need.
LVL 70

Expert Comment

by:Jason C. Levine
ID: 20423406
How much data is on the hard drive?  What software are you using (maker, name, version) to do the backup?
Portable, direct connect server access

The ATEN CV211 connects a laptop directly to any server allowing you instant access to perform data maintenance and local operations, for quick troubleshooting, updating, service and repair.


Author Comment

ID: 20424545
Hi Jason, please bear with me as I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing ?  I am a total novice at this computer thing... I looked into properties of C drive, it tells me that I have used 17.3GB of space. Is this what you are asking ?  Also all I can find on my computer when I select backup from ' system resources ' is,  ' Microsoft backup, seagate systems '.. I'm sorry for my lack of knowledge but do appreciate your help, and if I cannot answer you I will ask how I can get the information you ask for. Thanks.
LVL 70

Accepted Solution

Jason C. Levine earned 250 total points
ID: 20424582
No, that's enough information.  

Here's the problem with what you are trying to do...you are trying to put 17 gigs of data onto a single CD ROM that only holds about 700 megs.  The built-in backup program in Windows 98 does not support "media-spanning," which would allow you to swap the CDs out until the backup is completed.

Instead of backing up to CD, you should go out and buy an external USB hard drive and back up to that.  

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31412848
I do understand what you mean, but I wasn't trying to fit 17 gigs onto 700 mb's.. That's why I bought 25 discs, already had 10.. The answer is simple, if you know it... Thank you for not abandoning me as a ' cretin ', and also for being so prompt...

Featured Post

What is SQL Server and how does it work?

The purpose of this paper is to provide you background on SQL Server. It’s your self-study guide for learning fundamentals. It includes both the history of SQL and its technical basics. Concepts and definitions will form the solid foundation of your future DBA expertise.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

The article will include the best Data Recovery Tools along with their Features, Capabilities, and their Download Links. Hope you’ll enjoy it and will choose the one as required by you.
An article on effective troubleshooting
This tutorial will walk an individual through configuring a drive on a Windows Server 2008 to perform shadow copies in order to quickly recover deleted files and folders. Click on Start and then select Computer to view the available drives on the se…
This tutorial will show how to configure a single USB drive with a separate folder for each day of the week. This will allow each of the backups to be kept separate preventing the previous day’s backup from being overwritten. The USB drive must be s…

792 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question