Procedure : Back Up Files on Windows XP
To back up data ﬁles on Windows XP:
1. Run Windows Backup.
- From the Start menu, choose All Programs→Accessories→System Tools→Backup.
- In the Control Panel, click Performance And Maintenance, and then click Back Up Your Data.
2. Click Next.
3. Select Back Up Files And Settings. Click Next.
4. Select one of the following to back up user data:
- My Documents And Settings to back up the current user’s My Documents folder, Favorites, desktop settings, and Internet cookie ﬁles.
- Everyones Documents And Settings to back up this information for all users.
- Let Me Choose What To Back Up to select the ﬁles to back up.
- All Information On This Computer to back up all user data and create an Automated System Recovery (ASR) backup set.
5. Click Next.
6. If you selected Let Me Choose What To Back Up, expand the source location of the ﬁles in the Items To Back Up list, and check the check box for each item that you want to back up. Click Next.
7. Enter a path and ﬁle name for the backup storage location, or select the storage location by clicking Browse. The default backup ﬁle name is Backup.bkf. The descriptive name for the backup will match the ﬁle name.
8. If you do not want to use the default backup name, enter a different descriptive name in the Type A Name For This Backup text box. The descriptive name can help you uniquely identify backup sets when you need to restore ﬁles from a backup.
9. Click Next.
10. To create the backup using the default settings, click Finish. Otherwise, click Advanced.
11. If you clicked Advanced, select the type of backup and click Next.
12. Check the check boxes for each backup option you want to use:
- Verify Data After Backup reads the data after it is backed up.
- Use Hardware Compression, If Available can save space if hardware compression is supported on the media.
- Disable Volume Shadow Copy disables Windows Backup’s ability to backup ﬁles while they are open or being written to. In rare circumstances, you might choose to disable Volume Shadow Copy to reduce the size of a backup set, or to increase the speed of the backup. However, in general, you should not disable it.
13. Click Next.
14. Select whether to append the data to an existing backup or to overwrite the backup. Click Next.
15. Select Now to run the job immediately. Click Next.
16. Click Finish.
The Back Up Files Wizard
The Back Up Files wizard is displayed only the ﬁrst time you back up your ﬁles. After your ﬁrst backup, if you click Back up ﬁles, it will automatically back up the ﬁles and folders based on the settings that you speciﬁed earlier. To change the backup settings or create a new and full backup, click the Change settings link that appears below the Back up ﬁles button, and then click Change backup settings.
Supported Backup Locations
If you want to back up your ﬁles on a particular partition, you cannot choose the same partition as the backup location. You need to choose a different partition, a local storage device, or a network location. By default, the partition where you have installed Windows 7 will always be included in the backup. You can neither remove it from the backup nor choose it as the backup location.
For example, suppose that you have three disks, C, D, and E, and you have Windows 7 installed on the C drive. If you want to back up the ﬁles stored on the D drive, you must choose the E drive as the backup location. Since Windows 7 is installed on your C drive, you cannot choose that disk as your backup location. Also, you cannot choose the D drive as your backup location since you want to back up the ﬁles on that disk.
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