problem with using the CD-RW discs is that they may not be readable on another
computer. If your hard drive dies, or you get a new computer, or you
send the CD to someone else, it might not work. The whole point of
backing up anything is to be able to have confidence in the ability to recover
the data. I recommend using CD-R's. The cost per CD is very low,
so you really don't need to worry that you can only use it once. It's no
big deal. The important thing is that the CD will be reliable
-- and readable on any Windows computer.
does involve an extra step, though. Family Tree Maker will not be able
to write to the CD-R directly. You'll need to do the backup to your hard
drive, as Gerri suggested, then use another program to create the CD.
You should already have an application on your computer that will do
that. Look for Roxio's Easy CD Creator or RecordNow, or something from
Nero. You'll want to choose to create a Data CD, then you'll be able to
browse for and select files, then burn the CD. It's a one-time thing --
just label the CD and store it. The next time, you'll use a new
should be lots of space on the CD, 640-700MB. So you can probably backup
other files on the CD at the same time as the FTM data file. For
instance, you could include other family history files, like documents and
images, or you could maybe include My Documents (or just part of it) on
the CD. Whatever program you use to create the CD, as you add files it
should show you the amount of space you'll be using on the CD, so you'll know
when to stop adding stuff.
Original Message ----
December 31, 2007 8:19:24 AM
Subject: [TexasCzechs] Family Tree Maker
I have been
backing up my Family Tree Maker data on an old Windows 95 computer using a 3.5
floppy drive. I want to start using a CD. I have never used a CD for storage.
I have Windows Vista and when trying to save something it tells me that it
needs to be formatted!!? ? I bought Memorex High Speed CD-RW discs. Do they
need to be formatted?