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driver for old tape backup needed

Q: driver for old tape backup needed


i need to identify an old tape backup (1999?)

from the device stickers

hewlett packard model XXGBi

also twice MX00302822

TRAVAN on the faceplate

inside i can see colorado 5GB
PN: C4354-56000

I salveged this out of a friends system with a fried HD and my system recognises it but i dont know the exact driver to download for win98se.

A: driver for old tape backup needed

Internal or external?

internal colorado 5GB internal travan drive

external colorado 5GB external travan drive

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I have an HP 20G Colorado (Travan) Tape backup device. The driver worked fine with Win 2000 Pro. but when I updated my system with Win. XP Pro the driver would not load. I can't seem to find the driver anywhere. Any suggestions?

O.S.: XP Pro
Processor: 2.66G
RAM: 512

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I'm having issues using BUE 11d to backup the exchange server 2003. It will not backup the files priv1.edb and priv1.stm in the 'MDBDATA' folder. Files are selected in the job selection list and have an exchange license installed on BUE. Also modify the registry the other night to 'exclude active files' (something in found while roaming on Symantec forums). Neither changes worked. The files appears to be locked because they are *greyed out in BUE. Though they are check, I can't un-check it like the other flat files.

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Hi All,
I am considering buying an external Hard drive for backing up my "C" drive. I have a Colorado 250 tape drive on my old computer but it is about 5 years old. Would it be wise to move the Colorado to the newer machine, buy a new tape backup or go with a external HD? Any thoughts would be apreciated or any other ideas. I am not backed up now so need to do something.

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I have not kept up with backing up critical account data for businesses.

What is the current version and I was thinking of re-usable media for off-site storage for daily backups.


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Ive got a NT4 server sP6 that i schedule through SQL7 to backup a few databases over night.
this works fine for usually 5 days at a go but usually over the w/e there is a problem and both SQL and NTBACKUP are unable to access the tape drive
its an HP surestore DAT24
a restart of the server fixes the problem each time, but being the server this is not ideal
the message i get through NTBACKUP is:
' tape device detected and driver started, but is not responding, check power concections etc etc'
from what i can see something is clashing with the tape drive, but i cannot think what it can be
i have sybase sql anywhere, ms office,acrobat, but very little else installed on this server
anyone have any idea what could cause this?

A:Tape Backup

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I just purchased Q1581A tape drive today I got an DP DAT 160 C8011A tape but when I try to back up a specific folder I get an error that reads "the media encountered is incorrect". Please help?

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can i use my DAT recorder to backup my pc via s/pdif optical?

A:4mm Tape Backup

It's not likely. SPDIF is for digital audio connections. It sounds to me like you are trying to backup your computer using a DAT audio recorder. DAT drivers for computer backup have a SCSI or IDE interface. It may be possible to decode/encode SPDIF for general data but it would probably be very slow. I don't think you're likely to find anyone doing this.

Here is an excerpt from the following URL:

Can I back up Darwin to an Audio DAT?
No. You can, however, backup to SCSI DAT. SCSI DAT is a format that will write data via SCSI on to a 4mm DAT Tape.

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I am looking for an affordable tape backup solution, I am looking into backing up around 30-40 GB of data.

A:Tape backup

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I'm currently doing a project that involves coming up with a back up solution for the servers. I'm not too familar with these drives so any assistance is appreciated.

One of the drives I was looking into was the Quantum DLT VS160 Tape Drive. Apparantly the drive and take the SDLT 160 tape, which can handle up to 320Gb compressed, though the drive itself has a maximum capacity of 160Gb compressed, which doesn't make sense to me. I would assume that if it can handle the SDLT 160 it could compress to 320Gb.

So really what am I missing here and can anyone advise me on a tape drive that can handle and be able to use the SDLT160 tapes to the fullest.

A little more info on the project. The 'server' in question is a file server that has a 100Gb drive and at 80% capacity. The storage is growing at 2% (16GB) a month. Obivously I will be recommending an upgrade of the hard drive since it will reach capacity limit within 2 months I was planning on 1 drive that can do the 320GB compressed but not having any luck finding one that can do that with the SDLT160 media.

Any thoughts?

(edit - i forgot to mention, the 'server' cannot be down for more than 12 hours for backup )

A:Backup Tape Drives

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Hey guys,

I have to restore some tape backup for a server and have run into a few problems.

I have two tapes that were run through the backup consecutivly. The person that put the second tape in did not nopoll the tape, and it has a different date on it than the first one. So when I try to look at the tapes it brings up the first one dated 11/29 and asks for the second tape for 11/29. Since the other tape was not nopolled it has a different date on it, and the backup program spits it back out.

I need to be able to look at the tapes individually. Any ideas? There are multiple backups on each tape, so each tape may have 10 separate backups, while the two tapes together only share one backup. What can I do?

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I have a 8mm tape backup setup. The problem is, the tape backup software called tapeware needs to load a Database of all the backups under certain users in order to restore. Well, that database was lost with the system that crashed and it is not on any of the tapes.

My question is, is there a 'universal' tape drive reading piece of software that would allow me to restore that data off of my last tape backup?


A:Tape Backup Not working

Tapeware was discontinued at the end of 2006 and was replaced by Yosemite's new Product: Yosemite Backup.They have pulled their Tapeware free trial from cnet but tucows still has it

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hey guys

i have an Onstream ADR client machine attached to a NT4 Network can anyone please suggest some backup software which will backup a file server accross the network. I have tried several but non recognise the ADR as a drive.

Please Help, i don't mind if i whethwe it is freeware/shareware/ evaluation or retail.


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am running this unit on a dell poweredge server, 700mghz,256 MB RAM-the unit is on the IDE channel,secondary master-the problem is I am having difficulty in tracking down the w2k drivers...the onstream site seems to be down every time i try to access it,of course,and ms talks all around the subject but never seems to hit on it directly-offers advice on what to do when the tapes(adr) are not recognized,stuff like that.
what i want and need are the appropriate drivers-current-so i can get this puppy up and running.
the users are starting to get a little p-o'ed at me because i am rebooting the server often-trying various combinations of drivers.
this is a vital piece in the network,as i am backing up mission critical data from the database-it changes every day.
please don't tell me to get another unit or to replace it with a or b or whatever-this is a non-profit org and there simply is no money available to spend on hardware-it took me three years to talk them into the server.

A:onstream d30 tape backup

can you give me the product name type,...

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I have a Tandberg TDC4100 tape backup and Adaptec EZ-SCSI 4.0 loaded. When I try to backup the system, I get an internal hardware fault message. The system was used as a server before under a non-Windows operating system and the tape drive worked fine. It is now running Win 95. Am I missing a driver, configured incorrectly, or is it truly a hardware fault?

A:tape backup not working

Have you run the EZ SCSI tests?

What backup program are you trying to use? The one built into Windows doesn't work with all that many SCSI drives.

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The server I am responsible for at work has gone through 3 DAT24 drives (HP) in six years, and I am told by experts this is not exceptional. Now I have a new server and already the DAT72 drive is behaving oddly with refusal to eject at times. (dont know the make, it is a Dell server, so could be anything really)

Would anybody care to comment from their experience of substituting backup to USB drives of say 180Gb, with further backup from there to tape with less reliance on 100% availabilty? I believe the backup software will support this approach - it is BackupExec 9.1 What might be the pros and cons?

A:Substitute USB HDD backup for Tape ?

I'd go with a backup internal hard drive , not USB. USB is too slow.

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I've had a disastrous week here, a little background:

A disk in our array was consistently failing. Dell sent out a replacement disk and the company which we contract to handle our computer stuff came out to replace it. The guy got here and called up Dell Enterprise once he had put the HD in to have them walk him through the steps on configuring it... which had me wondering why I didn't do it myself.

Anyway, the Dell tech had him configure the disks in reverse. He mirrored the new disk to the old one from what I understand, effectively losing all our data for the day. He spent the next four hours rebuilding the new disk. To make a long story short we had to put the old corrupt disk back in and run a recovery on it which brought our files current to last friday (03/03) The last good tape backup we had made was on Tuesday night (03/07). Currently I'm SOL however, because the Veritas Exec software lost the catalog information for the tapes past last Friday and won't catalog Monday or Tuesday's tapes.

The error in the job log reads: "An inconsistency was encountered on the storage media in DELL 1"

Is any of the data on this tape recoverable at all? I don't need a whole lot of it, just the couple projects that were changed & created on those two days (03/06 & 03/07)

Another question I've been forced to wonder is what's the point of this tape backup at all if the backup gets screwy when a harddrive ... Read more

A:Tape Backup won't Catalog

Was the tape catalog on the hard drive and it's corrupt because of that? You should always write the catalog to a tape too.

You should talk to Veritas or whoever supports your backup solution. Unless the "inconsistency" means "catalog is missing", you should be able to recover what is recoverable.

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I was cleaning up some old closets in my school's computer lab. I came across a few old backup tapes. I was talking to my friend, and he told me that you can get tapes pretty cheap to use for backup purposes. On the hp website, you can buy a 3TB tape for only $120!! That is a whole lot cheaper than a backup hard drive.

What would I need to get a tape drive for my laptop. I don't need the newest, just something to use this awesome technology!!


A:Tape Backup Drive... Should I buy one.

Drew, I have never used tapes. But don't forget that they are serial write and read and will loose the magnetization in time (how long I have no idea).

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I have a problem with WIN98 SE not recognizing an IDE tape backup unit. On boot-up the computer sees that it is attached, but when I get into windows it is not listed in the device manager. There are no drivers required and I have gone so far as to delete and re-install windows with out any luck. I know that the drive is good because it shows up in DM on a different computer. Any suggestions would be gratefully accepted.

A:tape backup problems

Well, i can't help you now, but you could help me (and others) help you by telling us the make and model of your tape drive

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We have an SCSI based server running NT and need to sort out some backup. One of the PCs has a 5GB tape backup drive, which would be nice to use (no one knew it was there until spotted by accident), but it is IDE. Is an IDE backup drive compatible with a SCSI system and if so, how do we do it? Thanks.

A:Using IDE tape backup on SCSI PC

Since your MB probably has IDE connections, there's no reason you can't use the drive in that system. The bigger issue may be the backup software...

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Not sure if this is the right forum,Im tired Im sure candy or someone has my back.
I built a new computer for a business that had a Windows98 machine being accessed by another somewhat of a server setup but not really,just sharing and access. Ok,the 98 machine had a tape drive, Ive installed the software in the same setup as the old one. Can I take the tape drive and put it in the new machine and then put in the tape and use the restore option to load all the files? I dont seem to find a import/export option and cant get them to connect with a crossover for some reason. The 2 XP machines can read each other,share etc just fine,through a router even,but nothing is seeing the windows 98 machine.

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Does Windows 7 support tape backup hardware? Software? I have a home built machine that has a Sony Tape Drive on a SCSI chain. It was supported on Windows XP but Vista does not support tape backup. Thanks for any help or advice.

A:Tape Backup Support

Windows 7 have removed Removable Storage Manager (RSM) service from Windows 7
Microsoft say "You can use RSM to manage online libraries (such as changers and jukeboxes) and track removable tapes and disks."
This means Windows NT Backup for Windows 7 and Server 2008 OS no longer included intergrated support for Tape Drives
The way around this for Server 2008 is to install Nortons Backup Exec
For Windows 7 , It seems the only tool I found that support this is Uranium Backup: software backup Tape, SQL Server, NAS, DVD, Zip, FTP and >> BackupAssist Backup Software - backup software for Windows servers, tape backup software, exchange server backup, sql server backup, internet Rsync backup, image backup but so far no free softeware

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Hi. We have windows 2000 server runnning here. How can I access the backup tapes to make sure they are backing up correctly each night? I dont know much, but I think I read about an active directory or something you have to go through to get to them? The backup drive is not listed under windows explorer, so I am assuming it is something like this. This does not seem like it should be anything too difficult to do, is it? Thank all! Norman.

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OK I've got external HDDs, but not enough to store all my systems, so I have an HP Ultrium 460 LTO tape drive.

What software do you recommend for tape bckup on Windows 10? I tried Easeus Todo backup trial but that was painfully slow. Acronis Advanced Backup is rather expensive, and has a rep for being buggy. Symantec Backup Exec is also $$$ and needs a Windows Server to install so that doesn't work either.

I'm looking for backup to tape (or D2D2T) with a "bare metal restore" capability, freeware would be good, but I'm not averse to payware! What do the mavens here recommend?

Thanks a lot,

A:Tape backup software for Windows 10

I did not use backup payware , I use Easeus Todo Backup Free, I've been using it several years with several PCs and have had no issues with the freeware ,so I mention it FWIW.

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It seems to have slipped my mind how to get a file off of a backup tape. I am using NT 4.0, hp colorado drive. (also, no extra backup software {i.e. veritas backupexec} just the plain ol' backup program under administration tools....


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I am doing some work for a company that has about 10 PC's running Win98 on a local network and they need a way to back up information. It is a chemical lab that has several PC's hooked up to machines that run tests on chemicals. They need to back up these files and several databases. I need opinions on what is the best way to back up all this data. They want it to be able to run at night when no one is around. I thought about CDR, but that's not enough storage. What about tape? How reliable are they? They would prefer some kind of disk that can be stored off site. Not just backed up on a hard drive there. Also, I would need something that could get the info off other PC's on the network and back it up too. I will probably build a computer for them specially for backing up and storing some of the data. It will be storing the data for others to use (kind of like a server). So, would a SCSI hard drive increase the speed or is the slowest link the 10/100 network? I don't remember if it is 10 or 100. I have no idea what RAID is - would this be an option?



A:What's the best backup method for several PC's on a network? - tape or other?

Loaded question, and really should be in the network forum, so I'm going to move it there.

But first...

Can you put in a server and have them actually store the files there? Then you just have to back up one drive.

A tape drive can back up anything you want on a peer to peer network as long as you map drive letters to the various computers.

4mm tape is pretty darn reliable and much faster than Travan tapes. I generally put 4mm Sony drives in the servers I sell. How much capacity are you talking about though?

You will also need to figure out what kind of software to use to backup to the drive - this will depend on the OS of the machine that the drive is in.

As for RAID - that is for onsite redundant backup. Although a very good thing, it isn't offsite, which is what you said they want.

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech
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Back in 1997 I started a new job as a SA for a printing company. They had a large number of scanned sheets that needed to be stored on a server. I immeadiately saw the need to make regualr backups. I asked my boss to by a high-capacity tape backup system. With a pricetag of over $1000 (plus media) he refused. So I was forced to look into other options. I opted to buy several USB external HD's instead.

Jump ahead 8 years. I am still at the printing company, and their data storage needs have grown considerably. I now make weekly/daily backups to one of three external 300GB hard drives. I can backup all 180GB of data in about 2 hours, and the daily incrementals are done in less than five minutes. The hard drives I use are off-the-shelf units from CompUSA, and cost about $350 each. I cycle through three different drive for redundency.

My question is, given the speed and ease of backing up to an external HD, why would anyone use a tape drive anymore? Your thoughts?

A:Are the days of the 'tape backup' numbered?

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Hi there,
I wanted to venture back into the worlds of Tape Backup (And having found that many major hard drive companied still manufacture tape backup and distribute it fairly widely, I purchased this drive from ebay

It is a DAT drive, and so (Not knowing a huge amount about tape backup) purchased this 72gb Tape Backup Drive

When I insert the tape into the Drive, It looks at it, then the tape light flashes and it ejects it again.
This drive did not come with the manual or anything, however I have downloaded to HP tools and drivers from the site.

What does this mean please!? Have I gone and got an incompatible tape?
Are the drive not installed correctly?

Any help would be much appreciated -Thanks.

A:Solved: Tape Backup Problem

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i am using windows 2000 server. i am unable to take backup in tape drive through my new hp tape drive because the backup destination is not highlighted in backup wizard. windows is detecting tape drive but even the backup destination is disable .
i have done everything regarding drivers,installation of remote storage again
but i didnot get the solution.
please provide evey possible help u can.


A:unable to take backup through hp tape drive

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I am trying to restore data from one of my tapes, when I run the restore wizard it tell me to chose to drive or folder to restore. Under 4mm DDS I dont see the tape that I put in the tape drive. For example, I am tring to restore the Tuesday tape however I only can choose monday, friday ...etc. Do you know how I can get the catalog from the tape that I put into the tape drive. Thanks Jon

A:Restoring data using a tape backup

This is how it is done
1) Goto RUN
2) Type> compmgmt.msc
3) Storage > Removeable Storage > Libraries
4) You right click on your TAPE DRIVE and then do INVENTORY

5) Close > Computer Management
6) Goto RUN and then type NTBACKUP and then try the RESTORE wizard you should be able to get it working now.

7) Enjoy


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Could you please tell me what does "I/O Device Error" message mean during tape backups. It was a full unattended back up. The operating system is Windows NT 4.0 with service pack 4. The type of tape drive is Compaq 12/24 GB DAT. Do you think it deals with the tape itself or the hardware or something wrong happened during the transporting stage? I tried backing up data the next day and it worked successfully.

Thank You for your help.

[This message has been edited by work (edited 02-29-2000).]

A:Error Message during Tape Backup


Um... it means the tape itself or the hardware or something wrong happened during the transporting stage.

A full error message, and the exact time it occurs would be of more help to answer your question. Also, the operating system, current Service pack (if applicable), type of PC, PC components, Type of tape drive, backing up software, whether the backup is full or incremental, unattended or watched... and anything else you might want to add...

Basically, what you asked is similar to asking a bunch of Doctors "I have a headache. Does that mean I have not had enough sleep, a flu, dehydration or a brain anurism?" A little more info is needed to make a diagnosis, know what I mean?


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]

Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

[This message has been edited by Reuel Miller (edited 02-25-2000).]

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Using internal scsi sequential device utilizing 4mm media type for back up on server. Approaching max capacity on tapes. Compression ratio 1.33:1. Win2000 OS. Backup Exec 9. Looking for input on replacement. External drive? Library? Media types? I am looking for something that will grow as the company grows. Also anticipating purchasing additional server. Should I run two separate backups for each device or 1 emcompassing data on both? Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


A:Running out of room on backup tape

You need to do some research on your comapny's needs and future needs based on the data you will currently be backing up and anticipated growth. I see that you haven't put NAS in your list. Tapes are great because they can be stored off site and DAT would probably suit your needs in the future (plus you can retrieve your old data in a new DAT drive). There are some USB based DAT72 drives from HP that look interesting and they are not that expensive. If you do get another type of drive make sure it is supported under your backup software also.
I personally would have a tape drive for each server, less overhead and less problems doing restores.

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Hi all.

This might seem a bit of a dinosaur technology question but some businesses still rely on TAPE cartridges for backup.

I know you can get 1 TB usb disks which are probably MANY times cheaper than a decent tape subsystem - to say nothing of the cartridges themselves - however a lot of businesses still use tape.

I haven't seen anywhere a discussion about whether tapes still work.

Note - Professional tape sub systems - sometimes with "Robot" like mechanisms for selecting the correct volumes - not rubbishy consumer QIC like systems.

Without decent backup capability at a corporate network level then W7 / W8 server will be a no go.


A:Tape Cartridge Backup -- does it still work in W7

Hey jimbo, here is a Technet post that might help you. Good Luck.

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Even if you're on the right track - you'll get run over if you just sit there.Click to expand...

Is their a software package that will run my device under Win XP Pro?

I have migrated to Win XP Pro for my OS on a new HP laptop. The software HP Colorado Backup Software II, Ver 9 ran on my old laptop under Win 98 great. HP has discontinued this product and does not support Win XP.

The tape drive backs up the data, but under the "Compare" stage I receive major errors like "Error..file name - error reading from storage device", and "Error...file name - has corrupted data on the backup media. File header not found on media [4872 1308]."

This happens on old and well as brand new media tapes.
I tried forcing the program to run under Win XP "compatibility mode" but it will not start.

I tried upgrading to Veritas software/Stomp's "Backup MyPC ver 4.85". The tape drive backs up the data, but again under the "Compare" stage I receive major errors like "Data read from the backup device was damaged (CRC failure) [4641 1221] Error..file name - has damaged or corrupt data on the media."

Veritas does not support HP's Colorado Tape Backup "External PPT" interface, but does support the HP Colorado Tape Backup "Internal IDE" interface. Veritas just states that the software program will not work with an external device.

My friend also has a HP Colorado tape Backup 20 GBe Inter... Read more

A:HP Colorado External 14GBe Tape Backup

Have you looked around to see if there have been any firmware updates released for your tape drive?

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Hi all

Hopefully I'm posting this in the correct place, Mods please move if not, thanks.

So, I have a bit of a problem. I accidentally deleted the wrong folder from our work server yesterday (Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard), but we have a nightly backup to a tape drive so I went onto the backup software (Symantec Backup Exec 2012) to restore the data. However, using the restore wizard it has been "Querying for data" for approximately 12 hours... is this normal?? Is it possible to restore files/folders from a tape backup, or would we have to restore the whole system? Do I just need to wait a long time for the system to find the data?

We have a spare 2Tb NAS drive so I could potentially restore all of the data to this (approximately 600gb), would this be a more viable approach?

Thanks in advance

A:Restoring files/folders from tape backup

Never mind, sorted now

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Does anyone know of a company that can rewrite old tape backups to new tape backups.

My old tape backup system ran ArcServe software with with a 150gb Exabyte tapes.

I am now running Veritas software with 400gb Verbatim tapes.

I am looking for a service that can take the ArcServe tapes and write them to the Verbatim tapes so I do not have to keep the old tape backup system connected.

Thanks in advance!

A:Solved: Tape backup software conversion

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How can I restore from a foreign tape? The foreign tape was from an Archserve environment. Now I am using veritas backup exec.

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I have had to reformat my hard drive and install WIN98 from the Aptiva CD. Now, when
I install th Colordo Backup Lite, it tells me
that the tape drive and the floppy drive will
be sharing resources and to not use the floppy drive while the tape drive is in use.
Fine, but when I put a tape into the drive
and it finishes spinning the tape, the tape ICON appears and starts flashing with the word 'busy' under it also flashing. Any suggestions?
Thanks, Don Pugh

[This message has been edited by don_pugh (edited 02-17-2000).]

A:{SOLVED} Colorado backup tape always busy

Try uninstalling that software, then installing Windows 98 backup software instead. It is written by the same people and is a more current version.

It is in Add/Remove Programs, Windows Setup... accessories maybe? maybe another tab... but it is in there.

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After having abandoned my 35 GB Sony AIT Tape drive when I upgraded to Windows 7 as its backup software no longer supports tape drives, I just bought an HP LTO5 1.5 TB tape drive but will need to get a backup program. The HP page says you get a free download but I don't know if I'll be able to since I bought the drive used.

What backup programs support LTO tape drives and have these features:

Absolute necesscity:
-Ability to backup open files
-Ability to do incremental backups

Would be nice:
-Be able to restore without having to re-install Windows first
-Ability to set scheduled backups set to be on specific tapes and if the wrong tape is in it will request the correct one

I'd like the software to ideally be free but otherwise under $100.


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I am running Windows 2000 Server and when I run the Backup Wizard, I locate the folder I want to save, but when I search for the path to the tape drive it's not there.

I then closed and opened my computer to see if the tape drive is there, and it's not. I can see the c: drive, a: drive, and the CD-ROM, but no tape drive. I went to device manager and it tells me that the drive is working fine. What should I do?

A:Can't Find Tape Drive When Attempting to Backup Data

Have you installed SP3 for Windows 2000, and download and install the latest drivers for the tape drive?

You did not mention what brand or model tape drive you had. If you have a Seagate here's a link to a diagnostic tool for testing:

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I have an old but functioning Sony Digital Data Storage Tape Backup Unit (SDT-9000) that uses a 50 pin connector.

I know very little about computer hardware but need to restore some data from some DDS-3 format 12GB tape 125m tapes that I believe was backup using this tape drive.

To install the SDT-9000 do I need to connect the soft ribbon 50pin connector as well as the power and if so, what does the other end of the 50pin connector connect to?

Also, what is its function?

Any help in my restoration attempt would be most appreciated.

Computer Noob

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Hi there,
Follwing lots of hard drive poblems, I am looking at tape backup.

I need a quick, inexpensive option, and have found just the thin on ebay.
I found a external DAT Tape drive, and an 600gb native DLT tape cassete,

I am fairly novice to tape backup, can I put the DLT tape into the DAT drive?
Or is there anything to do to make it so you can? becuase this is about the only oprtion I can find for my budget and time scale.

Sorry to add a bit of pressure too..but I need an answer within 1 hour as the listing runs out then!

Thanks soooo much!

A:Solved: Quick Tape Backup question - Urgent

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I am doing some work for a company that has about 10 PC's running Win98 on a local network and they need a way to back up information. It is a chemical lab that has several PC's hooked up to machines that run tests on chemicals. They need to back up these files and several databases. I need opinions on what is the best way to back up all this data. They want it to be able to run at night when no one is around. I thought about CDR, but that's not enough storage. What about tape? How reliable are they? They would prefer some kind of disk that can be stored off site. Not just backed up on a hard drive there. Also, I would need something that could get the info off other PC's on the network and back it up too. I will probably build a computer for them specially for backing up and storing some of the data. It will be storing the data for others to use (kind of like a server). So, would a SCSI hard drive increase the speed or is the slowest link the 10/100 network? I don't remember if it is 10 or 100. I have no idea what RAID is - would this be an option?



A:{Advice Offered} - What's the best backup method for several PC's on a network? - tape or other?

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Hello all,

Wandering if any of you could shed some light on a problem I am having?

I have BackUp Exec 12 installed on a XPSP2 machine, it has a Sony SDX-470V tape drive installed (Internal).

BackUp Exec seems to see the hardware but the jobs don't run. If you try to do anything like Inventory or run a job they just queue and sit there forever.

BackUp to disk jobs work fine but it's almost like it doen't like the drivers?? I'm currently using the drivers supplied by Symantec.

Addtional - I've just noticed two things also, the license for this is a quick start edition and also the machine is not on a domain. Would either of these make any difference? Ta

Any ideas would be really great.

Mucho thanks


A:BackUp Exec 12 / Sony Tape Drive problem

Also Just noticed that I have several drivers missing off the machine, would any of these make any difference?
PCI Device
PCI Serial Port
PCI Simple Communications Controller


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I have an issue with Symantec Backup Exec 12.5, where a catalog has somehow been lost now I have come to re-catalog the backup it fails.

The backup is over six tapes, all tapes are present and show up in the autoloader tape drive.

When I attempt to catalog the first tape in the set of tapes it will catalog all the data then fail with the following error;

Error: E0000900 Ė The requested media is not listed in the media index and could not be mounted. To add the mediaís catalog information to the disk-based catalogs, run an inventory operation on the media and resubmit the Catalog operation.

For additional information regarding this error refer to link V-79-57344-2304;

The link explains about having the media present when cataloguing the media but it is so this must be something different, hopefully someone has seen this before.

Many Thanks for any help on this...

A:Solved: Backup Exec 12.5 Cataloguing Tape Failed


I found a solution to this issue.

What I did was to retire the media once retired and I deleted the media from the retired media set.

I then preformed an inventory to re-add the media to the Backup Exec once completed I placed the media back into the correct media set and preformed a catalog which was successful.


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I keep trying to use the backup software that comes with Windows but it never does the scheduled backup like its supposed to... Does any one have any suggestions for different software that may run alittle better, i will be running it on an XP Pro machine.

A:Solved: Need backup software for Certance Travan Tape Drive

Just in case anyone runs into the same problems i had with the built in backup programs, i went out and tested a few programs and found Genie Backup Manager Pro... easy to use and runs when its supposed to... it doesn't seem to be too expensive either only 70 bones...

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Hello,, THANKS for your time, help, and advise!

Searching the forums for related items were not successful,,, And, I apologize if this is the wrong forum to discuss this issue.

We are supporting a Windows 98 Second Edition system with an old Seagate STT20000A (Hornet,,,I think.) tape drive and the Veritas BackupExec Desktop 4.5A. Several backup tapes have been created.

The system with the Seagate STT20000A tape drive and Veritas Backup Exec went "south". A new CPU and Hard Disk was installed with the Seagate Tape drive still on the IDE/ATAPI cable. The system was rebuilt with W98SE and is now up and running and the tape drive device was recognized by "CONTROL PANEL/SYSTEM"! (Proper Drivers installed???).

Since the bad Hard Disk Drive had the BackupExec 4.5A and Seagate tape drivers installed these will require re-delivery.


o We Cannot find the customer's CD for the delivery
of the Veritas BackupExec Desktop 4.5A and
Veritas does not support this version any longer.​
As we understand from Veritas, the "Backup Exec Desktop" was farmed out to WWW.STOMPSOFT.COM. STOMPSOFT says we need:

"BACKUP MY PC" version 4.x <----> 5.0​
But, STOMPSOFT no longer has these product versions and they have pointed us to some "After Market" links like CDW, eBay, AMAZON.COM, etc.


We would like to get something--- "Veritas Backup Exec Desktop 4.5A", or "Bac... Read more

A:Seagate STT20000A tape drive and Veritas Backup Exec Desktop 4.5A

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I am using the backup program and task scheduler that come with WinXP Pro with my Certance Travan Tape Drive... Everytime the scheduled time arrives, the backup program begins, mounts the tape drive then immediately stops and closes... It is crucial that i get this working again, are windows xp pro Backup and Task Scheduler known to be flakey? If so is there a better program out there? If not, does anyone have any suggestions as to what i may be doing wrong...

A:Solved: Tape Drive Starts to Backup when scheduled but then immediately exits

I would try the following:

1. Look in Windows Event Viewer for errors
2. Try to schedule a new backup at different time to see if it works ok
3. Try to schedule a backup using windows back up to see if it works

Post results

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lol i know this is a from back in the old days. but where i work, they are using a NT4 server, which many just stores data. no biggie. evenutally im gonna get them off it, however for now there is important info on there and there is a tape drive in the machine. but everytime i go to back up with it, claims that the media is unrecognizable. even with a brand new tape. there are a few security updates out there that are not on the machine but i don't think that will work. any ideas? the drive is an HP C1533A. i am anout to give up on it. but some people here would like me to get it working, but i do not know what else to do.

A:tape driver

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Do you how to get a free download for a seagate travan tr5 tapedrive.

A:driver for Travan tr 5 seagate tape drive

The Quantum site has them, TR5 are also known as Travan 20:
I think most versions of Windows had built drivers for them but these things are massively obsolete.

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i have an IBM e-series x220 ( windows 2000)
it has a tape player for back up. the other day i went to change the tapes in the morning and the tape wouldn't come out. i left it for like 4 hours and then i came back and it was out. now by mistake i was trying to put a cleaning tape because that's what i figured was the problem, and then by mistake i put in another tape. but this time it didn't come out for 4 days . i triede and tried .

i really need help on this , because i need to get that tape player running for my backups.

i appreciate your help

A:Solved: tape stuck in the tape player

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Please let me know any backup software this is free or retail of backup software... i need to collect my college USB work (128 MB) and backup them..

Then im looking for secure backup online... Size about 130MB is okay

Thanks for help.

A:Backup? Sercue Backup Software needed!

I like the free version of Syncback for continous backups, though if you only have 128mb and its basically one time or infrequent why not just copy it to a backup?

Online, 2 gigs or less, I'd recommend Mozy for free secure backup.

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This is what I written down for Gigabyte Tech Zone but I don't want to wait a month or 2 for the reply.

I used to have used Vista 64bit before with Hard Drives in Raid0 and I am trying to load Windows 7 64bit with just 1 hard drive. In the Bios I have disabled SATA RAID/AHCI Mode & changed Onboard SATA/IDE Device to enabled & changed Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode to IDE. On boot it finds the Hard Drive but when I install it gets to the Load Drivers section and when I scan or Browse for the drivers it doesn't find any drivers for it using all the Gigabyte drivers that are loaded on a USB thumb drive (latest Gigabyte Windows 7 drivers included). I imagaine it is probably looking for the Intel ICH9R/ICH10R Driver or Intel ICH9R/ICH10R SATA RAID Driver or the Mass Storage Drivers and as there were no Windows 7 available on Gigabyte I tried the Vista ones with no success. Could you advise what is needed to get it running again. Whether I missed something it the BIOS etc.... Thanks

Drivers are loaded on a USB Thumb Drive but I did try a floppy disk at one stage but may not have had the correct drivers on the floppy drive. The USB Thumb Drive had all Vista & Windows 7 Drivers available on Gigabyte Website on it.

Also if I use any of the Vista 64-bit drivers it comes up with the warning as follows:
To continue installation use the 'Load Driver' option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers. Device Driver is not supported and might result in an unusable Windows inst... Read more

A:trouble loading 1st driver needed - Mass Storage Driver

Can you not use the restore BIOS to default settings options then use the windows setup options to delete any possible boot partitions holding information regards booting raid 0 from your drives. You should then be able to install windows 7 normally and install your drivers once windows is installed.

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Wish I'd come here first....After reviewing DirectX log (attached) Gamehouse support told me to update a driver to fix a problem launching a game (the game does not recognize that I have java installed). Said the driver was outdated and that I should have (copy pasted the driver info at the top of the direct X text file)Card name: Intel® 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset FamilyManufacturer: Intel CorporationChip type: Intel® 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset ControllerI had the followingHere are my system specs - other relevant photos - went to intel and they did indeed list an update so I downloaded it. the instructions in read me file (attached) said to install kb888111 before installing the new driver. I went to Microsoft and the instructions for kb888111 said to first uninstall kb835221, which i didI downloaded the hotfix for kb888111After reviewing info for kb888111 I was not sure how to install plus I was unsure whether to use xpsp2 version or xpsp1 - I have xp sp3 After more research on the web regarding kb888111 I decided to keep what I had until I felt more certain of the best action to take. Therefore I attempted system restore, which failed
The kb835221 version I uninstalled does not appear in add/remove AND on startup the computer detects new hardware (PCI ...bus?) which it is unable to find a driver for, therefore installation is... Read more

A:kb888111 driver needed before installing intel driver update

What's the complete name of the game and what are the system requirements?
Particularly video requirements.

The onboard video that you have really wont support high end gaming.

Edit:Also please post the model number of your Gateway

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Hi All,

I wiped out manufactory-installed Win Vista of my new Laptop Gateway M6752, and installed Win XP SP2 Home Edition. I window-updated, but could not get the IDT SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC to work. I downloaded a few generic SigmaTel drivers, but keeps get error messages and yellow marks. I also need driver for the TopDog Mini-PCI express Wireless 802.11n LAN .


A:SigmaTel Hi Def. audio driver and Wireless LAN driver needed

Have you tried using windows vista drivers for your audio and wireless? sometimes they may work

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Hey guys..

I recently got win/ 32 and love it.. Only problem is that i cant update my SM bus driver.

my mother board : P5ND2-SLI nforce 4 intel onboard.

ive searched many places and found a previous thread about this. But the link to drivers my device manager wont regonixe.. plz help

A:P5ND2-SLI nforce 4 chipset driver/sm bus driver needed.


Im starting to think there wont be any drivers supporting the SM bus driver for win 7.. and I go back to using xp ..

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My new (and still under warranty) windows 8 laptop keeps going to the recovery screen, error code:

when i hit f8 the "winload.efi" is mentioned above the error code.

Customer support said I'm S.O.L. and need to reboot but i need to make a backup first.

Is there a way to fix this error or back up my computer?
I can make live USB's and I have a data transfer cable.

Thanks in advance.

A:Help; Backup needed.

See here, sound slike it's exactly what you need: Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I created a full backup this morning which shows in the WindowsImageBackup folder on my F drive. After loading a new program the sytem locked and the only thing that worked was the refresh which deleted all my programs.

The recovery does not find the folder. I have created a recovery disk,but not certain who to use it.

Could somebody help?


A:Help needed with a backup

As I recall you'd need to use a windows boot disk, then use the option to recover from a backup. Check here

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Recently I lost my HD. I was lucky to be able to retrieve most of my personal files but it has still been a hassle having to locate and load all the programs again.
Wanting to prevent this hassle in the future I want to have an exact duplicate of my internal HD somewhere. Then if it ever craps out on me I can just add another HD and copy all my programs and files to it from this other source all in one swoop.
Iím thinking of getting a WD FireWire 120 GB external HD and using Norton Ghost to make an exact copy of my current HD. However, I want some expert opinions before I run off and do anything.
I have never used an external HD or Norton Ghost so Iím not sure they will accomplish what Iím hoping for.
My current (working) HD is a WD 120 GB running Windows XP Pro.
A. Would Norton Ghost make an exact duplicate of the original HD (OS, BIOS settings, programs, files etc.)?
B. After the initial backup is made how will future backupís be completed, i.e. will Ghost record/update just the changes it sees or will I have to reformat the external drive and redo a complete copy every time I want to backup?
C. How long does it take to backup? I have approx. 40 GB on HD that would need to be backed up (at least initially). This will continue to grow as I do a lot of picís and someday hope to get confident enough to try adding home videoís .
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A:HD Backup Help Needed

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i need to backup my Inspiron laptop as well as my iPad 2. I've narrowed it down to buying the cord. Now I need referrals for backup software. I'd like to backup Windows to my iPad as well as to a flash drive. Then I want to backup my iPad to iTunes on my Windows laptop, then to flash drive.

Which software do you suggest -- free preferably -- to do all this? I've been using Windows since 3.0 but Apple is fairly new. I'd need something fairly simple to use.

Once done, I'll upgrade to a Windows 8. I'm waiting on ten as I've read too many horror stories. That's normal, I know, but I always wait a while

Thank you

A:Backup advice needed

I don't know what "buying the cord" means.

I know absolutely nothing about backing up an iPad.

I have no idea if you could back up an Inspiron to an iPad. I've never heard of such a thing. Anything is possible.

You ought to think in terms of backing up the Inspiron to a hard drive of some type. Not to an iPad. Not to a flash drive.

I'm assuming you are referring to backing up Windows itself, not just your personal data, pictures, videos, etc.

The standard tool to backup Windows to a hard drive is imaging software such as Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper. Both are free.

You can back up to DVDs, but it's foolish and asking for trouble.

If you just want to back up your personal data, rather than your Windows installation, that's another story entirely.

"Backup" is a poorly defined word that means different things to different people at different times. What do you mean when you use it?

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Hi, I'm new here... but then again, you probably already guessed that by the fact that I'm posting this in the general discussion forum.

As I'm pretty sure this isn't the right place to ask I'm hoping someone will point me in the direction of where that is, but in case there's a quick and easy fix someone knows of I'm going to ask anyway.

I've backed up a network of, say, 6 PCs onto a NAS drive and then copy/pasted all that onto an external HDD to be kept away from the network. But how can I restore from this HDD when backup & restore doesn't appear to let me find the HDD.

Is there a way of setting up another backup to take all the stuff off the NAS and put it on the HDD or will C&P suffice?

All help gratefully received, though I totally understand if you just roll your eyes and tut, tut at the newbie.



A:Backup and restore help needed

From what I can tell, C&P should be fine, although it'd be better to clone the partition using a program like Partition Wizard. Granted, it will take longer to clone the partition each time you want a backup of your backups but it will make sure that you can use the Backup files and that you don't miss anyway hidden files.

BTW, Please don't post duplicates...
MODERATOR: This is a clone of this post:

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Hi Guys, I have downloaded Macrium Free backup program to backup my HD to an external drive, but when I open the file to install it a message pops up from my AVG that it is Malware and not to install it, the warning calls it "The file is a Decompression Bomb" and gives me a choice to ignore or to install, what should I do?
Also I have FBackup, and when I try to use that it tells me to insert a disk, when I have told it to backup up to my external WD drive which has been partitioned for that purpose, the drive works for the other data I have on it .
Can someone please explain the differences between: Cloning a drive, Mirroring a drive, and Full backup of a drive, many thanks.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4087 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476837 MB, Free - 268949 MB; J: Total - 161018 MB, Free - 73302 MB; K: Total - 48461 MB, Free - 48360 MB; L: Total - 267457 MB, Free - 267349 MB;
Motherboard: ASRock, H55M-LE, ,
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2011, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: Backup help needed

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I'm looking for a simple and inexpensive backup solution for a remote location. They have just over a gigabyte of data that needs to be backed up regularly (at least weekly if not daily). I'm sure the amount of data to be backed up will grow over time. These user's do not have an on-site tech and are not very computer savvy. They're okay, but as simple a solution as possible is what is needed. I'm looking for something that would hang off of a PC, maybe via USB? There are no servers over there, just about six PC's all running Windows 2000 Professional. The data to be backed up is on a single PC. Any ideas?

A:Backup solution needed

An external USB2 Hard drive would be a great solution. It could be partitioned and used for several different machines too if needed. It can easily be taken off-site (as any real back-up should).

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I have a Dell 4400 running XP. I had a hard drive failure and lost everything. It has taken several days to reload a new drive. What is the best way to back up the entire c drive? Should I buy an exra drive or zip drive. I don't know much about hardware. I just want an easy way to rebuild a drive if my new one fails and of course, not loose all my personal files again.

My computer won't even recognize the original drive. Any suggestions on how I might retrieve some of my lost files? I'm assuming it's a lost cause but I'd like to retrieve my digital picutures if possible.

A:Backup Advice Needed

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I just backed up my drive with 3 partitions with Nero on DVD.
If my Windows XP ever takes a crap again: Will I have reinstall XP and Nero and then restore:? If yes: With or without partitions? Will the restore overwrite the registry so all my programs will work? I am not trying to beat any copy protection here, It just takes me days on days to reinstall all my music studio programs and dink around digging up all the keys and disk's. I have always started from scratch in the past.


A:Backup advice needed!

Your data should be good. I doubt the DVD is bootable though. You would need to reinstall XP, programs, drivers, ect. And then you could copy the data.

You cain't simply back up your system and restore it as files in use cain't be copied and anytime Windows is active there will be files in use.

If what you are looking for is a means to restore your system then you need a image of the drive. Ghost or Drive Image will make a image than can be used to do a restore. They boot to their own system.

FWIW I run a vanilla system with few special drivers. I have my drive partitioned as you do and I load XP and drivers to C, application programs to D and data goes to E. So I just back up data on E. Therefore I don't clone my drive. If I feel the need to reload XP I back up E and reload XP and my programs.

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Hello everyone, I love to make back up of dvds that I like so that I can watch them later when I feel so. But the problem is that the recent dvds are not so easy to back up as the people are using certain tricks so that the dvd cant be copied like bad sectors, encrypting and other things. Can anyone give me software for my solution?

Thanks in advance!!!

A:DVD backup software needed!!!

I believe this section of TSG "Rules" applies to what you are requesting:

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I have a program which i use daily at work, the program instalation disk is a single use disk only so should i encounter a problem with this program i have to contact the company and wait 4-6 working days for a new disc. My question is, would a back-up program restore this program to working condition should i encounter another problem , and avoid the 4-6 day wait ?

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I thought it would be a good idea to have a back-up of my files, vital programs etc in the event of my PC crashing and losing everything as my PC is coming up to 6yrs old. I have downloaded and printed off a copy of a step by step Windows reformat and have my original XP Home Edition SP1 disc as well as a streamlined
disc my son in law made with SP2 added.
My question is, what programs etc do I need to make a back up disc of my Firewall, AV, Spyware and other security programs as well as any necessary files etc. I have several DVD+R recordable discs with 4.7GB capacity which I plan to use. I am used to burning music CD's using Windows Media Player 11 but having never done this before am not sure if I can use WMP11 to make a data disc or do I need any special program instead and would appreciate any advice / help offered.

A:Making a Backup Disc Help Needed.

You will want software that will let you span discs so that you can fill up each disc completely and then insert another one to continue copying without having to find files that do not exceed the capacity of each individual disc. I finally bit the bullet and bought a 500 Gb external USB drive and Acronis True Image both for a little over $100. I can mirror image my entire internal 80 Gb hard drive or recover the entire internal image in about 2.5 hours on my old machine. I mirror the internal at night so it takes no time. When you back up to CD's it's a slow process each time that has to be repeated over and over. Then you have to really know where all your user files are located and it is easy to miss backing up an important data file that may not be in your user directory. The other part is that for me it would literally take days to restore all the application software I currently am using and get all the application settings back. I am cheap but that $100 investment has been worth every penny.

Good Luck

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I have a one person office I rent from a company. The company has a network and a server. They have tight security so I can't plug anything into the network other than my workstation.

I have about 50GB of files on their server (they partitioned me some space and assigned me a network drive letter of H ) and another 50GB of files on my C: hard drive.

I need to back up this data to a local NAS drive and keep the backup current. I suppose all I can use is USB 2.0 for that unless there's some faster way... maybe put a card in my workstation or something.

Right now I have XP Pro SP3 but will be migrating to Windows 7 pro in a few months.

Ideally, I would like a NAS drive that has autobackup built in and can backup the data on both drives and keep it current rather than having to use Windows backup or install a stand alone software backup program.

LEO! LEO'S FRIENDS! HELP! I know you guys are really really smart. Is there a great solution that meets these requirements?

Thank you so much.

A:Solved: NAS Backup Solution Help Needed


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I run a backup tape on the company server, it schedule at 2:00 o'clock A.M. My problem is we have a alot to storage so when I come in at 6:00 A.M. I put a second tape in. Then at around 12:00 P.M I put a 3rd tape it finally completes its the whole backup.

Here is my creative thinking. Is there a external backup device that I could put 3 tapes or more in and have a Data tape that is tied to the device ( example; Think of a box with a tail and at the tip of the tail it has a data storage tape ) and then insert that tape to the server so when the backup schedule runs at 2:00 A.M. and when it stops at 5:00 A.M it will trigger the second tape in the device and so forth. Hopefully I made this clear.

Is there a device like that?

A:External Backup device needed

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I've been going through my house and insuring everything against fire/theft loss, and now I'm looking at my computer. My data is all backed up off-site in two ways. I have not previously tried to back up software install discs, but seeing as they could get torched in a fire, it would be nice to have a backup in some safe location.

Most of my expensive software is music software that uses dongle protection, so the install discs themselves aren't copy-protected and this should be easy.

But what about the Win 7 install disks? (I have both the 32-bit and 64-installers for Win 7 Home, in the upgrade version.) I also have some Windows XP disks from earlier on. Can these disks be copied simply as a data disk (i.e. look at the files they contain and copy to a new disk) or is there some copy protection scheme?

Or maybe I don't need to back them up. Does Microsoft have some policy of resupplying the disk if I can show the serial number or something like that?

A:is a backup of Win 7 install discs needed?

ImgBurn will do it. Make an ISO and either just keep that or burn another DVD if you want. I cannot comment if MS have issues but of course the copy is useless without the key you paid for. Also, you can download the ISO if you get stuck. The real thing is to keep copies of your activation Key.

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Hello Friends!

I need a backing up software which supports scheduling. I want something in which I can add some files and folders to the backup schedule task and every time I double click its icon or it reaches its schedule time, every file or folder mentioned in the backup list gets automatically backed up at the specified location. Compressed and encrypted backup would be even better.

I hope I am able to explain what exactly I need. Please help me in this. I dont mind a paid software also.

Thank you.

A:Solved: Backup Software Needed...

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I am looking for good, free or inexpensive, backup software to allow scheduled backups of data from a laptop to an external hard drive. Again, I need to be able to schedule backups, as well as set up exactly what folders get backed up. And the software must create some sort of place for each backup seperately on the external hard drive, not just overwrite what has already been backed up. Log creation would be a bonus, too.

Please only recommend software if you have first hand knowledge of it. Thanks so much!

A:Backup Software Recommendation Needed.


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hi guys iam using win7 ultimate evalutioin copy
it is going to expire in 2 days if it expires all my data will be lost or not
i am using windows xp as alternative

help me fast

A:backup needed for evalution copy

Back up your data. Purchase Win 7.

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Can anyone please tell me if it is possible to backup the data on my EXTERNAL hard drive?

Also another option might be to change it from NTFS to fat32 without losing any data???


A:Data Backup Help Needed - URGENTLY

you can backup your stuff on an external hard drive, but the problem with this is that the external is only a hard drive, if this fails you will loose your work, what you should do is back up your stuff on DVDs this is a more permanent and secure way of backing up.

any external drives or flash drives should really be kept as FAT32, but depending on the size of the drive you can consider partitioning it one side FAT32 the other NTFS.

read this, going from NTFS to FAT32 - do a google search.

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My laptop hard drive is formatted as Dynamic, but i want to convert disk to Basic and restore the same system and continue work.

i used backup and restore to create system disk and saved on a external hard drive

my question is if i restore the system image will restore process create dynamic partition or basic when restoring? will there be a option to select with partition table i want to create before restore?


A:help needed with windows 7 backup and restore

I wouldn't want to restore an image of dynamic disks if I wanted to get rid of dynamic disks. I don't use Windows Backup, but would not expect it to offer me any choice between dynamic and basic during the restoraton process.

You need to look here, particularly at option 4:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

And avoid dynamic disks like the plague in the future.

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Hi all,

I haven't been here for a while but have swung by because I'm in desperate need of help in deciding down which route to go with regard to backups.

The thing is that there is no sub-forum where this question would be appropriate - so I'll ask it here!

I need to perform a backup on an HP Proliant DL360 server so that in the event of theft / failure / fire etc. I can restore the system and also the files. It's got an 80Gb capacity, and there's constantly about 60GB (mainly of PDFs) on it.

The prime consideration is cost - or the lack of it because the company is very small. Before I arrived someone bought a Sony AIT-1 tape drive (35gb per tape) so I suppose I could use that but I need to be able to backup all the system files while the server is up and then restore them in the event of a failure. I also don't know what backup software is good or even compatible with this drive.

I was wondering if there's a software solution that would enable me to make a complete copy of the server's drive to my PC (over the network) and then simply update that every evening by copying changes over. I've got plenty of space on the PC and then if I needed to restore the server I could just push the data back onto new hardware.

The third way could be to buy a USB hard drive caddy and copy the system to that but I would still have the problem of copying the windows files and also climbing into the server room every time I need a backup and, we,, it's not a very elegan... Read more

A:In Need of an 'Everything Else' forum?? Backup Advice needed...

moving you to xp forum

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I don't know if this is the right place for this place for this question but here goes.

I want to make a backup copy of the 3 laptops in my home and I need to calculate
the number of CD's I will need to do it.

Other than manualy, does anyone know of a calculator that I can use do this.


A:Solved: Number of CD's needed for a backup

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I have the windows backup set to save my important folders to my second drive.

the backup file keeps getting larger (now many gigs).

does the program ever start a new backup file?

when I first used it a few years back, it would start a fresh file periodically so
I could delete old backups.

is it me or is it microsoft??


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I recently backed up my files to the Recovery D drive (Back up and Restore center). It failed as I did not have enough memory to complete the op. I've since uninstalled programs that I do not normall use, but still only have 20MB free out of the 10GB drive. I'm trying to go into the user files to delete folders which contain pictures that I want to delete to free up room. BUt when I click on the folder and try to delete it, I get an error message indicating that I do not have enough memory to complete the operation. So how do I delete these folders (that contain a ton of pics)?? Any help would be appreciated!

A:Help needed in deleting backup files

As suggested by richc46 I tried to delete one pic at a time; however I am still receiving an error message indicating that there is not enough disk space to perform this operation. Any other ideas?

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I have a 5 years old PC with 80gb internal hard drive. I've just bought an external hard drive; Buffalo Drivestation 1tb. My aim is:

1- To boot from Buffalo DriveStation in the event of internal harddrive failure (the hd start making clicking sound). I've just reformat my PC and a one-off 'copy' of how my OS setting is fine, I dont need scheduled backup / 'copy' of my OS in my Buffalo DriveStation. FYI, the OS is in my C: where else files, pictures, songs etc is in different partition.

2- To make scheduled backups files,pictures, songs etc partition to Buffalo DriveStation every fortnight or so.

3- Im planning to partition the Buffalo DriveStation such as below:
a) 10gb --> to make a 'copy' of my current C: drive where my OS is
b) 150gb --> for pictures
c) 300gb --> for videos
d) 50gb --> for files
e) 490gb --> to 'copy' partitions b) to d)

I've been reading Acronis and googled on how to do the above but not sure whether I should go with 'Disk Cloning' or 'Mounting Images' or both to perform Task 1 and Task 3e?

Also, in order to perform partition my Buffalo DriveStation as outlined in Task3 using Partition Magic, do I have to choose the specific task of 'Install Another Operating OS' for Task 3a?

I hope I have explained everything as clearly as possible and appreciate any help.

Thank you

A:Solved: backup PC using Acronis, advice needed

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With my desktop cpu slowing down, I decided to run the backup utility to save all of my files before running the
restore program. Once I knew all my files were safely backed on my usb hard drive, I ran the restore. Now I am
trying to reload my backup files and the system will not let me. I have saved the zip files to my desktop for now
and have been trying to locate the folder to move them into to see if that will work.

I had a similar issue with a friends XP loaded computer but I was able to load the Microsoft Utility Backup Software but it
looks like this program will not load on Vista. I have the home version of Vista.

Any suggestion would be extremely appreciated.

Thank you,


A:Loading Vista Backup Files Help Needed

If the files are in a .zip.. you should be able to right click the folder and extract the files.. or just go into the .zip and try and open a file and that should start the extraction process.

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Using Acronis True Image Home 2009 on a Windows 7 Ultimate system.

I'm creating an image onto the primary drive of a partition on a secondary drive. I have Acronis set to divide the backups into 1.95-gigabyte sections. Each time it completes a 1.95-gigabyte part, it puts up an "Insert next volume" dialog. It says "Please insert next volume or select different location.". Problem is there is still many times more space at the backup location than is need for the image. I'm having to attend to this throughout the backup process--clicking on "OK" time and again to get it to continue.

I get the same result on three different systems so this problem is not unique to one computer.

Does anyone know how to stop this annoying behavior?

A:Acronis backup asks for next volume when one isn't needed.

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Hi All,
I have Windows 8.1 and would like to use the System Image Backup option in Windows under File History. I have a Dell Inspiron Notebook that was shipped with the Factory Image pre-installed on the hard drive. I want to be absolutely certain that I dont damage or remove the Dell installed factory image as I want to always have the option to do a Microsoft Reset using that factory image in the future when required.
I know nothing about where this factory image is installed on my hard drive but I only have one hard drive on my PC. I just want to backup the System Image and be able to Restore the system image back to the same hard drive on my PC in the future. I havent made any changes to partitions on the drive and never will. Its exactly as it was when shipped from Dell.
Can anyone advise me of the options I need to select during the Sysem Image Backup and Restore process so I dont remove or corrupt the pre-installed factory image on my hard drive during the process?

A:Help needed in using System Image Backup in Windows 8.1

You need to make the DVD's and keep them in a safe place. If you wish to make a whole drive image, use Clonezilla or EaseUS Workstation Todo. At least with the EaseUS software, you can shrink or grow the image, depending on the size of the drive. Clonezilla makes it a little harder, since you have to have the exact same drive that the original image was one.

All the factory image does, is allow you to restore it back to the "OOB" or "Out Of the Box" image. Anything you have installed, will not be in that image, so you have to use a third party software to get the job done.

Microsoft's backup software fails too much for Windows 8 & 10. That is because it was written for Windows 7 and below OS's.

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Hi, I hope someone can help me. I had a Samsung RV511 laptop which has a lot of important information on it, so I bought a 1TB Toshiba hard drive which came with back up software. I backed up the whole system as a system image. Had I known the difficulty I have now, I would have just backed up the files. My laptop died, and so I need to know....

If I buy another laptop the same, will I be able to backup the system image from my old laptop?

If I buy another does the spec need to be exactly the same? i.e. I have seen another with a smaller hard drive and less memory. My laptop was 640GB hdd and the ones I have seen are 320GB and 500GB. I have not as yet seen a second hand one with the same spec as mine. Also the ones I have seen have less RAM, mine is 6GB, and the ones I have seen are 3-4GB.

Can someone tell me what I need to buy in order to restore this system image please? I understand that I will have backed up drivers, so does that mean the new laptop has to have the same hardware?

I have read about software that will enable you to restore to another computer, but cost is a factor at the moment, so I don't want to waste money on something that won't work. I have read good and bad about the software.

Any help would be gratefully received. Thanks for reading

A:Help Needed With System Image Backup to New Laptop

You want to restore the image of the C partition on the old laptop onto a new laptop?

I'm assuming the new laptop will have a new Windows installation when you buy it---they nearly always do.

I can't see why you would want to do that, leaving aside the legality. If you did it, the fresh Windows installation on the new laptop would be destroyed (overwritten) by the restoration of the image of the old laptop. What's the advantage of that?

On the other hand, if you simply want to restore your DATA (not Windows) from the old laptop to the new laptop, you should be able to do that without overwriting your new Windows installation.

I'm guessing you used Toshiba software to make this image.

I know nothing at all about that software, but there should certainly be a way to drill down into the image and simply copy your data files to the new laptop with the mouse or keyboard. You can certainly do that with other imaging programs. I'd consult the documentation for the Toshiba software, which may be included with the drive or may be available on the Toshiba website.

Imaging software is not the sharpest tool for backing up data, as you've found out. It works, but it can be testy or clumsy.

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Hi,I am pleased to announce that we will soon be launching the BETA program for Oops!Backup version 3.For those of you that remember, in September last year I posted a similar post - - so as to get BETA testers for version 2. The feedback we received from the BETA testers was great and we are looking to do the same for version 3.For those that are reading about Oops!Backup the first time - Oops!Backup is a very easy to use Continuous Data Protect (CDP) software backup product. Oops!Backup automatically tracks changes to documents, photos and other files and allows you to backtrack to any point in time. We are planning to launch the BETA in about 6 weeks time. We would love to get beta testers to help us beta test Oops!Backup v3. Beta testers will also get a free license once they are accepted into the program.It's still too early to mention the new features in v3 but I will be making these public to the BETA list later on.So - anyone that wants to join the Altaro Oops!Backup v3 BETA program go to the note that anyone testing the BETA version will be testing a BETA product. This means that the product is at a stage were we think that it has no bugs however we are still not 100% convinced - i.e. there is a possibility that it WILL have some bugs - but probably small ones in the user interface. Once the BETA period finishes we will then release the pr... Read more

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I have a old PC that has WIN95. Has a CD ROM and a DISKETTE Drive.
I am trying to make some backup disks for the DEVICE drivers.

I don't think I can find those device driver diskettes/CDs that originally
came with the PC.
What is the best software that can do this ??
Any idea ??

email: [email protected]

A:Device Drivers backup Software needed

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I have a Venue 11 Pro (7130 Pro/7139 Pro) and I was trying to make a new recovery drive before I upgraded to Windows 10.  Everytime I tried using the Dell Backup and Recovery software (Basic) the program was locking up or giving an error.  I also noticed it had an error the other night when it tried to install an update.  Today I uninstalled DBAR and downloaded the most current version available, Backup-and-Recovery_Application_GX7TX_WN32_1.9.2.8_A00.EXE.  Now, every time I try to install it, I get an error, "Factorysetup Error 6" and the program won't install.
I searched Google and the best that I came up with is a forum relating to "Factorysetup Error 5":  I tried some of the fixes listed there, but to no avail.  I tried the C:\REAGENTC /info but my Windows RE status: was Enabled already.  I even tried disabling and reenabling, but that didn't work.  I also tried right-clicking the installer and running it as an Administrator but that didn't work either.
I have attached the log file from the most recent failed installation.  Any help anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your assistance!!!

A:Dell Backup and Recovery Factorysetup Error 6 HELP NEEDED

Try backing up with the Windows System Image Backup. program. Look in File History in Win 8.1. In Win 7, Look in System and Maintenance and then Backup and Restore.

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Is there software that will simply backup, monitor a few folders for any changes and produce incremental backups while immediately backing up any changes or additions to a USB drive...preferably free software or inexpensive?


A:Simple & Reliable backup software to USB drive? Needed

I would use a sync tool like this:

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Hey All We are a new software company (Altaro Software) and we are developing a backup / version control product called Oops! Backup. Oops! Backup is a hybrid between a traditional software backup product and a lightweight version control system. Oops! Backup automatically tracks changes to documents, photos and other files and allows you to backtrack to any point in time. To a certain extent it is a Time Machine for Windows - we did get influenced by it.We will be going into BETA in about 3 weeks time and are looking for BETA testers - anyone willing to give it a try fill in the form here. We will obviously give a free license for the BETA testers that download and test the product. The license obviously will never expire Oops! Backup has a great graphical interface to go back in time and restore files You can see the backup product screenshots here.The backup software product features here.Your opinions and constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated (would love to hear the bad stuff ... more than the good stuff).Please note that anyone testing the BETA version will be testing a BETA product. This means that the product is at a stage were we think that it has no bugs however we are still not 100% convinced - i.e. there is a possibility that it WILL have some bugs - but probably small ones in the user interface. Once the BETA period finishes we will then release the product in full - and the BETA testers that download and install will get their fr... Read more

A:BETA Testers Needed - Oops! Backup Product

I have given permission for this topic to be created. The product looks interesting and anyone interesting in a new backup software may want to take a look at it.

David, I assume any questions or issues that arise from using this product can be posted here?

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What size CD is needed for Windows XP Home Edition backup?

A:[SOLVED] What size CD is needed for Windows XP Home Edition backup?

If it is just the Operating System you need to backup XP will only need a CD-r

If it is other items (Pictures, Documents etc.) it will depend on the amount of info to be backed up.


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