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That's a lot of CDs to juggle! Backing up to that many discs can easily fail from the mechanics of handling those CDs, or from using backup software that isn't reliable.
Microsoft tries to backup but after 13 discs, it says, "failed". Help!
In this excerpt from Answercast #98 I look at the hazards of trying to back up a computer to dozens of CDs or DVDs. There is a better way!
So I'm going to assume what you mean is Microsoft's backup program.
I actually recommend that you use Macrium Reflect. You haven't indicated what version of Windows you're running but I strongly recommend against Windows included backup programs in any version of Windows prior to Windows 7. Even with Windows 7, I'd give it a second thought. I still prefer Macrium Reflect as backup software.
Now, 13 discs! My guess is you're probably backing up to CDs or DVDs.
Yeah, you can do that. If you get a better backup software, you will probably get a much more descriptive error message as to why it might be failing - or it will just work. But in reality, for your own sanity, I strongly recommend that instead you purchase an external hard drive.
They don't have to be expensive; they just have to be big enough to contain a couple of images of your computer.
If your computer has a 100 GB hard drive then make sure you get an external hard drive that's at least two or three hundred GB.
Using the backup program then, you can just backup directly to that external hard drive without having to do all the shuffling of blank CDs, or DVDs, or whatever it is you're using.
Thirteen is about... well that's actually past my patience level. I would give up much sooner than that! And I strongly encourage you to do the same.
To move to what, ultimately, will be a more reliable solution
anyway (simply because you're not having to do this juggling of all these
different discs and keeping all these different discs), replace that with a
single external drive. In general I think you'll be a lot happier.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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