Microsoft tries to backup but after 13 discs, it says, “failed”. Help!
Backup to discs fail
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.
A lot of CDs
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.
External drive for backups
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.
Reliable and regular backups
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.
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