Having just recovered from a minor heart attack when I thought my system had crashed taking several Gb of files, photos etc with it I have decided to try & stop this happening again by backing up my files regularly to a DVD disc.
My question concerns the best way to do it...anyone got any experience of XPs utility or can recommend a third party version that does the job??
Some people have concerns about the reliability of optical media such as CDs and DVDs - particularly the latter and especially in re-writeabel form. I've never had any problems, but DVD-RAM discs are supposed to be far far more reliable, so if your DVD drive supports them you might like to consider these.
In which case you can disable the Windows recording on the drive, insert a DVD-RAM disk and format it. Then you can treat the DVD-RAM just like a hard disk, but slower. You'd need to buy DVD-RAM without cases or be prepared to break them out of the cases.
Alternatively, just get an external hard drive and plug it into your USB port.
Using a DVD Ram eh??? Now that IS interesting....My DVD recorder uses DVD RAM & it certainly is extremely flexible but I never even thought about putting RAM discs into my pooter...I assumed they were specific to Video recording.
An external HDD is also looking like an extremely good option......