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Kudos0

Backup to optical drive

I would  love to know why Norton Security with backup dor not allow you to use an optical drive? It only allows hard drives and the cloud (secure Cloud Storage).  I should be able to define ANY device as my backup device. In any event, using a DVD BR burner is much more secure then cloud.

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Kudos0

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Um, did you try optical media CD/DVD.   Maybe, backup needs to see destination. 
I don't run Norton backup.  IDK re optical media. 

I tried USB thumb drive and backup offers F: destination. 

Kudos0

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Not sure if a USB drive would work, but it does not matter.  I need to use an internal BlueRay DVD burner, or a regular DVD burner..

I've attached a screen of the frive selection.  There is saddly no optical drive. (the system wont allow me to upload a JPG of the screen, I had to make a PDF out of it)

File Attachment: 
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Hello plegace. Here is how to post screenshots directly into your posts.

Cheers

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows 10 Home / Professional x 64 version 1903 / build 18362.175 / N360 Deluxe 22.17.2.47 / Norton Core v.282 on Android 2.00
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Kudos0

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Thank you very much.  I saw that icon and thought so, but didn't know what IMCE meant and the window irt opened didn't look anything like a file browser that I know.

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Maybe, Norton feels optical media capacity is not sufficient or transfer rate is not sufficient or read write cycles is not sufficient.   Norton feels mission critical precious data should not be stored on optical media. 

Edit: I found a DVD to test.  Norton backup does not offer me DVD location.   IDK

from your pic....looks like you've used 5GB Cloud Storage.  Since, you prefer local storage....try thumb drive / external drive. 

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 The shortest life span with 5-10 years is predicted for unrecorded CD-Rs and CD-RWs, followed by recorded DVD-RWs with up to 30 years. Recorded CD-RWs and DVD-Rs have a predicted lifetime of 20-100 years. In other words, you should not rely on any of these media for lifelong storage of your precious data, as they are likely to fail sooner rather than later.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cds-truth-cddvd-longevity-mold-rot/ 

Backup your Backup.  

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plegace:

In any event, using a DVD BR burner is much more secure then cloud.

That is not true, actually.  Your data in the cloud is encrypted and accessible only by you.  Unless you are storing copies of DVD backups in offsite locations, they could be lost in a fire or other disaster that also destroys the machine hosting the original files.  Obviously, nothing is foolproof, which is why you should be backing up both locally and to the cloud.

As far as backing up to optical media, if you are simply preserving photos, documents and other personal files (things kept in your Documents folder) it is often easier and more advantageous to simply copy that folder or those files to the CD/DVD rather than use a backup program.  For one thing, you can later access and restore them without having to use any proprietary software that was used to create the backup.

Kudos0

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I tried using the cloud, it's great until your ISP goes down.  As for the durability of the disks, it is more than adequate for me. However, you bring up a question, what if I wanted to use a tape drive such as DAT or DLT?  Should the choice of where to backup to or what is used not the user's to choose?

But nonetheless, you seem to answer my question that Norton is unable to backup to an optical drive.  Sad, considering that I have a BR DVD burner.  It would have been great to be able to use this to backup my data. I am able to backup 25 gig per disk if I use normal media, but using dual layer I can get 50 gig per disk. 

Sadly this omission is either accidental or by design, and that means they take away my choice.

Kudos0

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Windows File History does not recognize my built-in CD/DVD drive as usable drive. 

I've used thumb drives and external hard drives for backups.  

I recall many years back when new machines came with vendor created system recovery disks. 
I recall many years back on new machines using optical media to create system recovery disks.    
Many years back was the last time I've thought of optical media as backup media. 

FWIW ~ Macrium Reflect appears to recognize my built-in CD/DVD drive as destination.

Regards w Respect