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Another W7 annoyance 
20th-Jan-2011 04:15 pm
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Perhaps I've just not figured the way around it yet.

I archive certain e-mails before I delete them. I had 300 M left on a disk and it told me that there was just no room, I couldn't move more stuff.

So I assembled a new disk, carefully checking the space. High 500's -- time to write out.

It asked if I wanted to write a "live file system" (which would be like a dongle) or a "mastered" disk. The difference they described was that I could easily delete file from the live thingy, whereas the mastered would work in most computers. Both of those make me think I want the "mastered", but I read up on more differences.

Ah. The "mastered" needs to be all assembled at once. So that would then be a "single session" disk -- and that could be why my prior one failed to allow me to add files.

So, with over 9,000 files, I said "write 'em", and instead of "mastered" I chose the live file system. It said ok, it laid down some formatting, and then all the files I had to write out no longer appeared on the "D" drive. YIPES.

Thankfully, I have a link to the "burn" location, and I've dragged those files back to the CD, and hope to "write" them soon.

But what I want is a multi-session disk which will contain a small (4 of 5) number of sessions, from which I cannot delete files. Feh.
Comments 
20th-Jan-2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
I recently tried to read some multi-session CDs that I wrote about 5 years ago, and had no luck at all. I don't trust it.

Besides, hard drive space is actually cheaper, and in my experience more reliable than optical anyway. It's cheaper than DVD, and WAY cheaper than CD.
21st-Jan-2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
We had a disk in the basement -- a mongo HD, which, shortly after I backed up all of the items I'd scanned which were taking too much room, preventing me from scanning more, deleting them from the laptop that was driving the scanner, it (the backup HD) had a catastrophic failure. I know, I know, anecdote and data... But there's also "once bitten".

We've gone to multiple HDs for standard at-home backup, despite my trepidation, but at work I'm using what they gave me (my own disks, though) to back up mail and whatnot.

In further updates, the one I had tried to say "make it live" on, seems to have instead taken what I said first (i.e. Master) and won't take any more data, despite the fact that it asked me and I said something else the n'th time through.
20th-Jan-2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Consider keeping 2gig SD card or 4gig USB thumb drive on hand for 'drag and drop' operations. That could let you archive your whole mailbox, putting a date on it, then be able to open those mail folders with the mail program. That would be bulk back-ups.
Also you could save individual emails (.eml files?) on those chips. Keep them organized in folders as you please, name as you want.
21st-Jan-2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
16Gig USB thumb drive on sale at Office Despot for $40, about half-price. That can give you plenty of back-up compared to 700meg CD-Rs.
21st-Jan-2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Good idea & good information -- thanks. I've been avoiding doing the actual mail archives (I need to use Outlook at work and don't want to be wedded to that at home) in favor of text files of each directory of the complete month -- which loses some formatting, but saves space, I figure. (Attachments saved separately.) But that sure would be faster & easier. I need to decide how I'm going to do this going forward. (Need to develop a plan or I'll lose that thumb drive like I've lost my last half-dozen...) In my CFT...
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