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IO ERROR Every time I try to make an initial hard drive backup image with Perfect Image Professional, I get an IO Error on the 3rd disk and have to abort. I now have a trash can full of used-up DVDR disks, and have wasted several days trying to get my new software to work!!!!!! HELP.

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Hmmm....well...I suppose that if the drives are not identical, this could happen. what kind of drives are you using?

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