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Friday, August 05, 2005

Backup Bug

I was trying to backup my iPhoto library (~10GB) to DVD using Backup 2.0.2. It kept failing no matter what kind of media (DVD-R/DVD+R) I used. So I fired off an email to .mac support and sure enough, there is a bug.

We have identified an issue with Backup 2.0.2 and burning to multiple DVDs. This issue may cause verification of the DVD burn to fail, resulting in the message that you receive in Backup.

So in the meantime, is there anything that could fill the gap? And by "gap" I mean an easy interface to backup and restore a large chuck of data to and from multiple DVDs.


  • I've been looking for a decent backup solution myself. Backup seems to take forever, bringing my system to its knees for a couple of hours, until I can finally reboot it after the burn has been verified. It's like Backup magically absorbs any available system resources, and won't let go even after quitting the application.

    By D'Arcy, at 1:06 PM  

  • I've been hit by this bug too. I'll monitor this thread for a workable solution.

    By Tim, at 4:30 PM  

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    By Anonymous, at 8:25 AM  

  • I ran into this bug this week, too. Luckily my iPhoto Library all fits onto one DVD, but because Backup was sucking, I backed it up from within iPhoto itself. I don't know whether that works for multiple DVDs. Have you tried that?

    Retrospect, although too expensive for me, might be what you're looking for (backs up across multiple DVDs).

    By Lisa, at 12:36 PM  

  • NTI Dragon Burn is similar to Toast for burning discs, but allows "disk spanning". So if you select 6 gigs of files, it can try & fit them onto several 700 MB cd's or dvdr's.
    There is a free demo.

    By Anonymous, at 2:40 PM  

  • Oh, looks like that link got truncated. Here's a live link:
    NTI DragonBurn


    By Anonymous, at 2:44 PM  

  • Re: Lisa's comment; We've got about 6 Gigs of photos in our library, and I can confirm that iphoto won't let you copy across dvds (unlike itunes). It just suggests to choose a smaller number of photos. It would be nice if apple had a "date added" field; this would allow us to backup the bulk of the photos up to a certain time, and then allow intermittent backups of future photos... Meanwhile I still haven't found a backup solution that will work.

    By Jason, at 1:52 PM  

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