Thanks for the response Craig.
I wish to begin by taking a momemnt to thank you for your presence and support.
I tried your suggestion, a blank floppy in the A drive, and I still get the same error "Backup Process Failed". If I use no compression, the backup will proceed with DVD or CD selected as the target.
I am pretty sure I had success using compression at one time (I did one drive image just to test out backitup to a dVD+RW), but after installing all the other programs I want/need (this is a new install of win2k) I encountered this error. I have uninstalled and reinstalled Nero with no luck, same error.
Any ideas? It sure seems odd the program is accessing the floppy drive to begin this process, is that normal?
Edit: A bit more info to consume. My HD is partitioned as follows:
1st partition: FAT32 8 Gig
2nd Partition: 20 Gig Extended Partition with 1 10 Gig NTFS (compression enabled) logical drive and 10 Gig free space
3rd Partition: 10 Gig FAT32 partition
Backitup WILL work with compression enabled on the 10 Gig logical drive in the Extended partition (only 170 meg of data on this drive), but no workie on the 1st or 3rd primary partitions. As a further test, I copied 1.5Gig of data to the logical drive in the extended partition, and a drive backup with compression enabled worked again on this partition. Partition 3 is essentially a copy of partition 1 (I did a drive backup of partition 1 to a DVDR+ then restored it to partition 3 as a test, but the backup was done w/o compression enabled, which is why it succeeded). Backitup will not work with compression enabled on partitions 1 and 3 or an entire HD backup, I get the basic less than helpful info "backup process failed" error with these scenarios.