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Can't Back Up ?

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 ??
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Sally,

What are you using to backup the drive?  How big is the drive?
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Sa11yAuthor Commented:
I am trying to backup onto CD, and I want to backup my C drive. I hope this is the information you need.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
How much data is on the hard drive?  What software are you using (maker, name, version) to do the backup?
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Sa11yAuthor Commented:
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.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
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.  
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Sa11yAuthor Commented:
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...
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