Backing up Data files to DVD-R?
by derocko - 7/4/07 11:08 PM
I was googling info about backing up data and found this thread: http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6138_102-0.html?forumID=31&threadID=54994&messageID=655541
However, my question is, and I didn't want to resurrect such an old thread, is when you use a back up utility like Nero's Backitup, or others mentioned in the thread, a file is created first and then that's split across the medium you're saving to correct? My question, is that file searchable? Can I put that backup data DVD in my pc and grab a particular mp3 or pdf for example? Can I watch a backup up movie file from it, or work with an ISO saved as data?
I think, if that method creates an image file first, that's no much of an option for me as I don't have much space to spare.
What I've done in the past for backing up to cd-r's is split the data manually that I want to backup. For example I create folders labeled "cd-r 1, 2, 3...", fill them to capacity and then burn them each. The pain in the butt is Microsoft's explorer view doesn't list content size on the folder! And right clicking on it and checking the size or going into the folder and checking you're not past the limit is also a pain.
Any suggestions for an application that does this or lists folder content size?
Lastly, the problem I have ultimately is, well, I need to create some sort of searchable database of all the stuff I back up so I can search on my pc and get a "volume number" that I can go grab and not have to go through 10 DVD-R's looking for where I thought I had a file. Any suggestion there?