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can I use nero backitup to bnack up a network drive to dvd?

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  • You didn't say which version of Backitup you're using. Note that the free Backitup v15 doesn't have all the functions as the paid version.

    If you can access the network drive from within Backitup, I don't know why you couldn't back it up. The only problem may be with the restore. I think you have to use the ImageTool and you have to be sure to use it to configure your network so that the network drive is recognized.

    Since the ability to backup and restore is critical, I think you should ask tech support about this. Let us know what they have to say.
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  • Also keep in mind: When backuping from a network drive, the data are backup as delivered from the drive - information that are not delivered to via network could not be backup. E.g. if the network drive has internally a linux-os, access-rights, compression-flags and other meta-information may be lost.
    So, you are just doing a file backup.
    Also, backuping "special" partitions (like partitions for booting from network) and the os of network drive itself can be problematic.

    Some special points:
    a) The detection for changed files could be a problem - when doing an incremental backup, backitup only backups the changed files - but if the network drive does not support this, it will always be a full backup. In special change from/to daylight saving times could be a problem, if the network does not deliver timezone information to the client (and so the files look different)

    b) Virtual Files:
    I know some network drives, that offer "virtual" files - e.g. if I put a flac file on the share, the network drive automatically offers a "virtual" mp3-variant of this file - if a client requests the mp3 file, the flac file is transcoded to mp3 on the fly. Also some drives do this with video files.
    In this case, it could happen that the backup software backups both files.

    So: If you just want to backup files from the network drive, it should normaly work - but it highly depends on the network drive and in special the os on the network drive
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  • Nice Jens- great information.

    I think John should include the revelant information to tech support so that CH or MH (or others) are better informed when responding.
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