Beaverlog Tips: Volume 25 - May 20, 2005

Backing Up to a CD in Windows XP

NOTE:  The following technique works only in version The THERAPIST Pro 2.5.008 or later and The THERAPIST EZ 2.5.007 or later.

Windows XP has the ability to format a CD-R or CD-RW "on the fly" when writing files to the CD. There are some limitations to this ability that prevent The THERAPIST from writing its backups directly on the CD but the work-around is not too inconvenient.

What you need to do is change the offline backup path to the CD "Staging area." This is a folder on your hard disk that Windows monitors and when it finds files here, it tells you that there are files waiting to be written to the CD. Then, with just a couple of clicks, Windows XP will write the backup files from The THERAPIST to your CD.

In the backup options (Setup > Preferences > Backup Options) change the offline backup path to the follwing hidden folder:

Drive_letter:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning

where Drive_letter: is the drive letter of your hard disk (usually C:) and username is the login name of the current user.

Because this is a hidden folder, you cannot use the right-click to navigate and select it; you will have to enter the complete path directly.

When you save the backup options, The THERAPIST will give you a warning that you are backing up to non-removable media because the backup target is your hard disk. Answer Yes that you are sure you want to do this. You will be asked again when you actually make your backup.

With this setting in place, you will create your offline backups normally. When you have finished creating the backup, Windows should open a small message balloon to alert you that you have files waiting to be written to a CD. Click inside the balloon to open an Explorer window for your CD drive. Right-click anywhere in the files list other than on a file name and choose "Write these files to CD" from the popup menu.

More information on this topic is available on the Microsoft support knowledge base.