In last week’s newsletter, one of the new article excerpts from my Terry’s Computer Tips web site said:
Deleted Files From DVD-RW Not Going to Recycle Bin
What happens when you delete a file? It depends on the storage media… Subscriber Richard Fuller wrote this week with a problem. Hullo Terry, I’ve discovered that deleting files from my DVD drive does not send them to the Recycle Bin. Is this normal behaviour for XP SP3? And is there any way to change […]
You can read my online article to learn more about DVD storage and how it works, expecially as compared to hard drives.
This week, Richard wrote back to me to give more of the background, and to tell me thanks…
Hullo again, Terry,
Gosh, your response time should be the envy of the vast majority of businesses. Very impressive indeed!
Many thanks for your DVD tutorial. These days I treat a computer as most people treat a car (I don’t care what goes on under the bonnet, I just want it to work) and hadn’t realised the implications.
I’ve used the DVD drive for backups ever since I this computer was new, seven years ago, but my backup software (sadly now defunct) is Omega Automatic Backup, which is a bit buggy but has a feature I’ve not found elsewhere – not only does it back up each time I save a file, it saves each revision under a different filename.
This has been a godsend in the past when working on complex spreadsheets – if you make a blunder and don’t spot it for a couple of saves you can go back, find the last revision before the error, and pick up from there.
Touch wood, it has worked pretty well for all these years, though I take on board your cautionary notes describing how DVD drives function. I rotate three backup DVDs, and when one is full or, more usually, Iomega throws a wobbly and starts looking for files that aren’t there, I reformat the earliest one and start again with a full backup.
For my purposes this is far the best backup system I’ve used because it backs up continuously and is one less maintenance chore to do.
Iomega backup was originally designed for use with Zip discs, of course, but these days their capacity far is too modest. My experience certainly reinforces your view that the reliability of burning software (Ahead Nero, in my case) leaves much to be desired.
Again, my grateful thanks for your prompt, detailed, and wise advice.
I believe that the feature that Richard loves about his Iomega software is now available in Acronis True Image Home 2011, although I haven’t used that feature:
From the Help screens in ATIH 2011,
Nonstop backup actually is a disk/partition or file backup that is created using the Acronis Nonstop Backup feature. This is a set of one full backup version and a sequence of incremental backup versions that are created at short intervals. It gives almost continuous protection of data, that is, it allows recovery of previous data state at any recovery point you need.
Enhanced Acronis Nonstop Backup – Now you can use Acronis Nonstop Backup for protecting both partitions and individual files and folders. Protection of individual folders by Acronis Nonstop Backup usually requires much less storage space. In addition, the current version of Acronis True Image Home 2011 allows you to use the Acronis Secure Zone as Nonstop Backup storage. This may be desirable for notebook users with a single hard disk drive.
I don’t believe that the Nonstop Backup function will write to DVD-RW’s, but I recommend that you use an external hard drive, anyway.
One of the major points of my article was the dangers of losing everything on a DVD when you use multi-session writing. The odds are low of losing it all, but why risk it? An external drive is a safer backup solution.
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