Backup to DVD
As a media to store your backups DVD discs seem to be one of the best choices. Any type
of DVD will do, but we recommend rewritable DVDs for their obvious ability to be used
Mostly DVD backups duplicate the CD backup approach
with one significant difference: DVDs are much larger, so DVDs allow larger backups to be
stored on a single disc without spanning (see Spanning
backups to learn how to span backups across multiple media).
When to choose DVDs to save files
We recommend to back up to DVD if:
- Backup is large: If a backup is too large to fit one CD, but small enough to fit
one DVD, it's better to record it to DVD.
- You need your files elsewhere: Being a removable media, DVDs are ideal for the
task of transporting some files to another place. But with help of the unchallenged ABE
power of selecting, compressing, splitting backups and
making them self-extracting, DVD discs become almost unlimited in their file transfer
How to direct a backup to DVD?
Just add any of your DVD recorders to your project's Storage Folders. The ABE will
write your backups to any kind of media: whether it's a blank, ISO96690 / Joliet or
UDF-formatted for packet-writing.
Large backups span across multiple CD or DVD discs
What if the inserted disc doesn't have enough free space to hold a backup? The Active
Backup Expert will warn you about that, offering options to replace or erase the disc. If
a backup still doesn't fit the inserted disc, the backup software will offer you to span your backup. While spanning a backup across multiple
media the ABE uses up all free space on the current disc and then asks for the next. The next
disc doesn't have to be the same size or type as the current disc.
ZIP, CAB and Self-Extracting DVD Backups
The Active Backup Expert stores backups as standard ZIP or CAB
files and offers you an option to create a self-extracting backup. So, to
restore a DVD backup on another computer you don't even have to install the ABE. Though,
if you install the ABE on the other computer you'll be able to import the backup there to
restore the files in the most comfortable way.
Security of DVD backup
While you taking a backup CD to another place, there is always a chance that it can be
lost, stolen, etc. To avoid the risk of being read by other people, please use the Strong
Encryption option for your DVD backups. The ABE offers you to secure your backups
by applying the 128-bit Blowfish algorithm.
Operating Systems supported
The ABE package includes a CD/DVD recording engine - StarBurn by RocketDivision.com. It means that you can use
DVDs as your backup media under any Windows platform: 95/96/ME/NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista
without the need to run any additional software.
Worn out discs
The life of re-writable DVD and CD discs is limited by their own device. They can
survive a limited number of burns to become worn out after all. They can get scratched or
even broken down. Due to these optical media features the ABE always verifies whether the
last write to a rewritable DVD or CD disc was successful.
The ABE doesn't define any fixed role for a particular disc. It's up to you which disc
to insert before recording a backup to it. However, we strongly recommend not to use the
same disc for consequental backups. Having at least two discs would increase your chances
to have the most up-to-date backup tenfold.
Don't try to erase DVD discs every time. If a DVD contains previous backups, and it still
has enough space to hold more backups, just use it until it is full.
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