MS Backup for Windows Backup to PATH Does Not Overwrite Files (97866)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q97866


When you use Microsoft Backup for Windows and choose to back up to the MS-DOS PATH, Backup does not give you the option to overwrite the files on the destination disk if that disk is almost or completely full. This commonly occurs when you attempt to reuse disks from a previous backup set. When you use the MS-DOS-based version of Microsoft Backup under the same conditions, you have the option to overwrite the files on the destination disk.


To work around this problem, use Backup for MS-DOS or format your backup disks prior to performing the backup.


Backup for Windows displays the following error message when there is insufficient space on the backup disk:

Insufficient space on the current volume to create a component file. Insert another volume into drive A.
By contrast, Backup for MS-DOS displays following message, which shows you the files that are on the disk and allows you to add to or overwrite them, or replace the disk:


You have inserted a disk which contains existing directories and files.

Do you want to Overwrite this disk, Add to it, or Retry using another disk?

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Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/21/1999
Keywords: KB97866