How can I use Windows XP's NTBackup to back up files to CD-RW?

A. XP can write data to CD-RW, but not directly from NTBackup. However, you can place backup files in the XP CD-RW write subsystem's spooler, which effectively writes the data directly to CD-RW. To add files to the spooler, perform the following steps:

  1. Start NTBackup (go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and click Backup).
  2. Select the Backup tab.
  3. Select the files that you want to back up to CD-RW.
  4. Select File for the type of "Backup destination."
  5. Enter the following file location:

       C:\documents and settings\&lt;user name&gt;\Local Settings\<br>
       Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning\Backup.bkf 

    If you aren't sure what the <user name> variable needs to be, go to a command prompt and type
    echo %userprofile% 
    to check your %userprofile% environment setting.
  6. After you specify the location of your files in the CD-RW cache, right-click the "CD write" icon in Windows Explorer and select "Write these files to CD" to write the backup files to CD-RW.

Make sure the size of your backup doesn't exceed the capacity of your storage media.

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