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I have WinXP and 3 hard drives.  I want to back up hard drive 2 (1,2,3) to hard drive 3, but Paragon Backup and Recovery says that hard drive 3 is read only and will not advance to the next step.
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by:tjvetter
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I used Paragon 2012 free for DOS with a boot CD.
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by:rindi
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Maybe you first have to partition/format your HD 3.
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by:tjvetter
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Thanks, but HD 3 is a 1 terabyte drive with two partitions that I use for backups, so I don't want to lose the data on HD 3.
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by:rindi
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What happens if you install the backup utility to the OS you want to backup, and then run it?
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by:tjvetter
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I am not sure what you mean.  I am not trying to backup my OS.  HD 2 does not have the OS on it (HD 1 does).  Also, I am using a boot CD with the backup utility so it is operating in DOS, not WinXP.
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You say you have WinXP. The paragon backup utility can be installed to XP, and then you can select what drive you want to backup and where to... Maybe the Installed version works while the Linux boot CD has a problem (Paragon's LiveCD of the backup and recovery free runs under Linux, not DOS).
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by:tjvetter
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I did as you suggested and in the backup wizard, when I select HD 3, logical "Terror," which has 255 GB of free space as the location for the archive, I get message that "This volume is read-only and cannot be used to store backups."  

I have a attached a pdf screen shot of that.Paragon-Backup-Wizard.pdf
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I checked the properties of the backups folder in Terror and the read-only box had solid green in it.  I cleared the box and applied the change to all folders, files, and sub folders, closed the properties window.  Then when I again checked the properties of the backups folder, the read-only box again was solid green.  I cleared it again and repeated.  Each time I check the properties, the read-only box is filled.  Why?  How do I fix that?
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by:rindi
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According to your screenshot, the disk you want to backup to is full. Have you tried deleting old backups, or clearing it's recycle bin?

Also, for a good backup strategy you need to backup not only to one destination, but rather you should cycle between at least 2. Backup media can also break or get corrupt. So I suggest you get at least another external disk to backup to, and then change the backup disks at least once a week.
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Thanks Rindi, but the backup location is not full.  I believe the "0 Bytes" message is  because Paragon B & R thinks that the folder is read only.

Also, thanks for the backup advice.
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Here is my "solution."

I could not get around the "read only" issue preventing the backup to my HD 3 Terror volume.  So, I created a 100 GB "Backup Capsule" using Paragon B & R on HD3.  I was able to backup to the Capsule, and I was able to restore the backup to a new, bigger G: drive (HD 2).
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by:tjvetter
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See the solution for the reason.  The problem was the "read only" status of my HD 3 Terror volume per Paragon B & R.  Use of the Backup Capsule was a work-around, not a solution to the stated problem.
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