Hello, Pauline, from the other side of the globe, in
A typical CD will hold up to 700 megabytes of information,
or about the same as 500-700 floppy disks.
Now, with regard to copying your data onto a CD, there are
several possibilities, but at least one will depend on which
version of Family Tree Maker you own. If you happen to have
the 2006 version, at least one of the following should work
1) Open Family Tree Maker and the datafile you want to
put on a CD
2a) Click on "File" [the furthest left menu choice at
the top of your screen]
2b) Click on "Backup" [should be the 7th option down
from the top under "File"]
2c) Select the drive to which you want to copy your data
[the 3rd option down in the new box that pops up should
identify your CD burner/writer drive]
2d) Click on "Backup" [the left button at the bottom of
the same box as in 2c]
Your computer should then do the rest for you.
1) see #1 in Choice 1
2a) see #2a above
2b) Click on "Export File" [should be the 5th choice
down under "File", or 2 above the "Backup" option]
2c) Select "Entire File" to copy all data, or "Selected
Individuals" to copy only part of your file
3) After selecting "Entire File", a new box will pop up
that's divided into multiple sections -- "Save In" [a narrow
box near the top, where you select where you want to save
the file, a large middle window identifying your various
computer file directories (may not show anything for saving
to a CD), a small box for giving your file a name, and the
last box will identify the file type (i.e. Family Tree Maker
After making the necessary entries in those boxes, click on
the "Save" button and the computer will do the rest.
I'm a little rusty with the precise steps for the earlier
versions, but there should be little difference with what I
I hope this helps.
Richard B. Anderson, Jr., Danville, Virginia USA
From: pauline davy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2006 9:18 PM
Subject: [LAN] Backing up files
As you will realise, I have the very basic knowlege of
computers, so may I ask a question?
I have backed up my Family Tree Maker on the hard drive, but
want to now put it on CD. How do I know how much space it
will take, and how much space does a normal CD have on it?
(Told you I am useless) I have nightmares about the computer
crashing and all my research gone in a flash, though I do
keep paper files. However, the written tree does not contain
all the source material that I have put on the FTM.
I would be grateful for some help on this, Regards, The girl
from Oz (Pauline)
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