Expert Mode: CD/DVD Burner
These options are only available on Windows 7 or earlier. SyncBackPro can backup to the following types of CD/DVD (your CD/DVD drive also needs to support these types):
•BD-R / BD-RE (Blu-Ray)
•DVD+R Dual Layer
•DVD-R Dual Layer
•DVD+R / DVD+RW
•DVD-R / DVD-RW
•CDR / CDRW
It can also backup to an ISO image file which can be mounted as a virtual drive (using 3rd party software, e.g. DAEMON tools) or burned to disk using 3rd party burning software. SyncBackPro also performs automatic disk spanning, i.e. if your files do not fit onto the CD/DVD then it will split the files and continue onto another CD/DVD. Disk spanning does not require the use of compression, but using compression means fewer disks are used.
SyncBackSE and SyncBackFree can only backup to disks pre-formatted in the UDF format. They also do not support the automatic disk spanning feature. SyncBackPro does not require UDF, and supports automatic disk spanning. If you import a profile from an older version of SyncBackSE, SyncBack freeware or SyncBackFree that copies to a UDF formatted CD or DVD, and you want to make use of the new disk burning features in SyncBackPro, then you must modify the profile and enable the option Destination/right is a CD/DVD burner, burn the files to the disk in this drive. Note that the contents of the CD/DVD is entirely replaced, i.e. it does not update the existing files on the CD/DVD but instead overwrites everything. Anything already on the disk will be deleted.
This profile settings page can use and create shared settings.
Backing up to CD/DVD is not recommended for use as your primary backup. It is cheaper, faster, and more reliable to backup to an external drive or USB key. However, if you must backup to CD/DVD, e.g. for offsite storage, it is highly recommended that you check to see if you have the latest firmware for your CD/DVD drive and that you use quality media that is compatible with your drive.
If you are using single Zip compression then note that the Zip file is entirely created on the hard drive first, and then copied to the CD/DVD or ISO file. It is then deleted from the drive once entirely copied to CD/DVD. This means you must have the necessary free hard disk space. Also, if there are any compression errors then nothing will be burned to CD/DVD and no ISO file will be created. This is to avoid wasting disks with an incomplete backup.
When burning to CD/DVD you may want to stop Windows from going into sleep mode due to the power savings settings. To do this enable an option on the Misc. settings page.
•Destination/right is a CD/DVD burner, burn the files to the disk in this drive: If enabled then the files are copied to a CD/DVD. Note that the contents of the CD/DVD is entirely replaced, i.e. it does not update the existing files on the CD/DVD but instead overwrites everything. Anything already on the disk will be deleted.
•Create an ISO file on destination/right, do not burn the media: If enabled then the files are copied to an ISO file. Note that SyncBackPro cannot restore or read from an ISO file. You need to use 3rd party software to access the ISO file. The ISO file can be mounted as a virtual drive (using 3rd party software, e.g. DAEMON tools) or burned to disk using 3rd party burning software.
•I understand the CD/DVD will be entirely erased. Do not prompt me for confirmation before it is erased: The contents of a CD/DVD is always entirely replaced, i.e. it does not update the existing files on the CD/DVD but instead overwrites everything. Anything already on the disk will be deleted. Because of this you are prompted before the disk is erased so you are given an opportunity to abort. If you run the profile unattended, e.g. on a schedule, and the profile is set to prompt you before erasing a disk then SyncBackPro will take the safer option (i.e. it will not assume you want the disk erased) and abort the profile. To stop it aborting, and to stop it prompting before erasing a disk, tick this checkbox. When you are prompted to erase the disk you can also stop it prompting again by ticking the "Do not prompt me again" checkbox in the dialog window. For safety reasons, this setting cannot be ticked by default and is not part of the shared settings.
•Limit the disk usage (or ISO file size) to: You can optionally limit how much disk space on the CD/DVD that SyncBackPro uses. If the files will not fit onto the CD/DVD then you will be prompted to insert a new disk so the backup can continue. This means you must be physically present to change the disks, i.e. it cannot be an unattended profile run. If the profile run is unattended then it will not prompt you and the backup will fail. If you are copying to an ISO file then this is the maximum size of the ISO file. If the files will not fit into the ISO file then a new ISO file is created to put the remainder of the files into.
•Do not split the files to fit them onto the disk/ISO: To make maximum use of the disk space, SyncBackPro will automatically split a file if it cannot fit onto the free space available on the disk. This ensures that all of a disks space is used and none is wasted. However, you may not want SyncBackPro to do this, e.g. the CD/DVD is not going to be restored using SyncBackPro. In that case you can enable this option, but note that no single file can be larger than one CD/DVD, i.e. it will not split such a file over multiple disks.
•Format: This is the file system type to use on the CD/DVD or ISO file. It is recommended you leave this setting as default. Each format type has different restrictions on the filename lengths and what characters they can contain. SyncBackPro records the original filename of a file so when you restore it will restore using the correct filename, even though the filename on the CD/DVD may be different. If you use compression then the Zip file will contain the original filename. Also note that if you are creating an ISO file then some formats may not be compatible with the 3rd party software used to read or burn the ISO file. Check the documentation of that software for its format requirements.
•If a file or folders name is changed due to the formats requirements then...: As explained in the Format setting, the filename stored on the CD/DVD may not be the same as the original filename. This is a limitation of the file system used, not of SyncBackPro. SyncBackPro gets around this limitation by recording the original name of a file so when it is restored the correct filename is used. However, you may wish to know if a filename has been changed, and can do so with this setting.
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