I just formatted my hard drive and reinstalled XP Pro (and thank you so much for those great directions in the how-to!!!) because I got infected with Luder.A and NOTHING Worked and the consensus was that this was the only solution. (The person who was helping me opened the bad file, which, I might add, AVG AV said was JUST FINE, and had a clean image that he said he was going to restore to, because he couldn't find an alternative.)
I had no backup, (yes, I know) so I lost everything. Hence the belated attempt to make a clean image of my brand new system (I installed XP, installed the 70-some Windows updates, went to Sony's site and found the original drivers and installed them, and found some driver updates, and installed them, and put in my AV and Antispyware).
The problem is, I can't seem to get it to write the backup of everything to a DVD. I don't have a tape drive, and the system seems hellbent on writing my backup to floppy disks, thumb drives, or my iPod.
Anyway, after you stop laughing at my admitted folly, I'd appreciate any help. Here's what happens:
I start the backup and click on Back Up File and Settings in the Backup Wizard
I say I want to Back Up All Information On This Computer
In Choose A Place to Save Your Backup, the only devices that appear in the drop down are my floppy drive, and a bunch of thumb drives, and my iPod.
So I hit Browse
I OK the popup telling me that I do not have a floppy in drive A
I select my CD/DVD write drive, enter a file name for the backup (Backup)
I hit Next and get a box that says "The backup file name could not be used. "D:\Backup.bkf" Please ensure that it is a valid path, and that you have sufficient access."
I am posting this here because I am too ignorant to know whether my issue is with Windows Backup Facility (or my ignorance thereof), or whether it's a problem with XP not recognizing my CD/DVD RW drive for some reason. (This error message is the reason I never got around to backing up my system before the virus and wipe.) I WAS able to write a DVD when I made an automatic recovery DVD and CD long long ago (on the XP Home that came installed with the computer), and I can write CDs, both data and music, just fine. In fact, I bought XP Pro because I could never get the NTBackup (the one that doesn't come with XP Home unless you have the installation CD, so you have to get it from the manufacturer's site) to work either.
A Sony VAIO desktop, Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz and 2.79 GHz, 512 Ram
Pioneer DVD-RW DVR106D (there was a driver update for this on Sony's driver site that I installed)
Windows XP Pro that I just updated from Windows Update
Any help would be tremendously appreciated!
Edited by RachelW, 01 January 2007 - 10:23 AM.