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After fixing recent problems i decided to finally make a complete backup, as well as a recovery disc using the windows provided backup utility. My files were backed up but despite several attempts no recovery disc was made. i kept getting an error msg that no floppy disc was available despite having a cd in the drive. Help!

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Theres your problem....you had selected in the options to make a back up to floppy disk (or your back up software is only set up to back up to floppy) and you were trying to back up to CD. You need to check the backup softwares options and see if it will allow you to back up to cd.

Some will some wont, it depends on the software and the selected option/preferences.

Your problem in a nut shell is...that the back up software is looking for a floppy to back up to and it cant find one.....the back up software could care less if a cd is in or not since its looking for a floppy.

Posted on Aug 01, 2010

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  • tzychowski Aug 01, 2010

    OK. I checked and I can't find any option other than a floppy. Since I (and probably no other living person) still has a floppy drive, how do I create a recovey cd? And why in the world would microsoft only allow for a floppy in this day and age?

  • Sean Wright
    Sean Wright Aug 01, 2010

    Sounds like you are trying to make a boot disk, not a backup. Especially if there is no option for a cd.



    What version of windows are you using and what exact program are you using to try to make the backup?

  • tzychowski Aug 01, 2010

    I'm using Widows XP, professional . I'm trying to backup using the windows backup software that comes with the operating system,

  • Sean Wright
    Sean Wright Aug 01, 2010

    I just looked, you select the drive to use on the 3rd page of the back up and restore wizard.





    it says.."Choose a place to save your backup:" then there is a drop down menu for you to choose from.





    Make sure your computer has a drive that will burn cd's...alot have people have thought they could, then found out they only have a reader drive.

  • tzychowski Aug 01, 2010

    what you saw on the third page is where to put the backup files. On the page before it if you choose the all files option (which I did) it says a recovery disk will be created. after the files were backed up in the location I said an error msg comes up that no floppy was available for the recovery disk. That is my problem.

  • Sean Wright
    Sean Wright Aug 01, 2010

    If thats the case then you have one or two issues



    1) the backup software is corrupt and needs reinstalled; or

    2) the backup software and your selections are looking for a file that was originally on a floppy disk, and a shorcut is directing the backup software to look there for the file.

  • tzychowski Aug 01, 2010

    Is there another way to back up and create a recovery disc? If not, thanks.

  • Sean Wright
    Sean Wright Aug 01, 2010

    Google back up software there are many apps that can do it for you

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