Re: Microsoft Backup Tool
Don I appreciate the help but there is no confusion, the format utility that
pops up is the one inside of Micrsoft Backup so another format utility is not
the problem. As I mentioned I navigated through Autoplay and made sure only
Microsoft Backup was running and acting on the blank DVD-RW.
"Don Farmer" wrote:
> "catwatch" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> >I initialize the tool in my Windows Vista Home Premium operating system and
> > insert a DVD-RW in my drive and navigate through the auto play to get back
> > to
> > the tool, it prompts me for formatting, i click OK. format starts but
> > after a
> > few minutes an error pops up to say "The Format Was Unsuccessful" but I
> > can
> > still see DVD drive activity (learned the hard way it is still formatting)
> > but if I click OK or Cancel on the error window then the tool locks up, if
> > I
> > leave the error window alone until I see no DVD drive activity then click
> > OK
> > and try again the backup tool will again prompt for formatting but then it
> > realizes the DVD is formatted because I let it do it's thing until I seen
> > no
> > drive activity. After this then the actual backup starts until the full
> > backup set is created and each DVD-RW is formatted using the same
> > technique.
> > Any fix for this backup tool? This is not proper behavior.
> I think that if you start the Backup without a DVD in the drive, wait for
> the prompt for a disk, and then let Backup do the formating that there will
> be less confusion.
> If you start out with a DVD in the drive, Windows will want to format it so
> you can immediately drag files to it for a multisession, which you will want
> to software eject so the session can be closed properly.
> I have Ultimate and have found that, surprisingly, I could put a freshly
> installed system on just one DVD even though it would be just about as easy
> to reinstall. After putting programs and data on, it quickly went to three
> DVD's. I have external drives, which are convenient but not as sure -- I
> dropped one once -- but I still like DVD's. I'll admit that backing up the
> backup is a bit paranoid. I did read a white paper once that estimated that
> backups fail 70% of the time. I think things have improved since then. At
> least I hope so.