How Can I Backup My database to CD?

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Last Updated: June 01, 2012
Keywords: backup, cd, disc, blank

You have to backup the database to your hard drive first, then copy the zip file to a CD.

Operating systems typically do not have file system support for CDs, you cannot write directly to a CD the way you can to a hard drive.

Select File->Backup Database, this will create a single compressed file containing all your data.

This is where it gets tricky, getting the file to a CD differs with each OS. Some operating systems like Windows XP/Vista and Mac OS X, have this capability built in. Others like Windows 98 don't, you need a third party utility. Normally you will get a utility to do this with your computer or CD drive, maybe Nero, maybe EasyCD.



Windows XP

To copy the Readerware backup file to a CD
 

  • Insert a blank, writable CD into the CD recorder.
  • If Windows XP asks you what to do with the blank disc, select "Open writable CD folder using Windows Explorer". Otherwise double click on  "My Computer", then double click on your CD drive icon.
  • Drag and drop the Readerware backup file on to the CD folder
  • Verify that the file(s) you intend to copy to the CD appear under "Files Ready to be Written to the CD".
  • Under CD Writing Tasks, click Write these files to CD. Windows displays the CD Writing Wizard. Follow the instructions in the wizard.


Mac OS X

To copy the Readerware backup file to a CD


  • Insert a blank CD or DVD disc into the optical drive of your computer.
  • If you see a dialog, you can choose an action from the pop-up menu.  Then click OK.
  • Type a name for the disc under the CD icon.
  • Drag the Readerware backup file to the open window.
  • The Finder places aliases to the files in the disc's window.
  • Choose File->Burn Disc.
  • The files that the aliases point to are burned to the disc.

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