How to Backup Files in Windows XP

Before you being the process of backing up your data you should make all of the files that you will be backing up are in an easy to find location and well organized. This is not hard to do in Windows XP because each User has their own sub folder in Documents and Settings. Most of the files you’ll be interested in backing up will be located there. If you need to backup something that is not in your Documents then you may want to temporarily move it there for ease, or you can just take note of where they are so you don’t forget.

This tutorial is for people already have Windows XP backup utility installed. The Backup Utility includes a wizard that really makes it all very simple. First Click Start, then highlight All Programs, then highlight Accessories,. Then highlight System Tools, and then select Backup to begin the wizard. Click Next to skip past the opening page, choose Back up files and settings from the second page, and then select Next.

At this point you may want to click All information on this computer so that you can back up all of the data on your PC, but you should think twice before selecting this option. If you have too many programs installed your Backup could add up to be too many backups. The My documents and Settings option is a better choice for most people. If there are several people using your computer and you want to backup their files as well then select Everyone’s Documents and Settings.
If you know of a few files that are outside of your profile that need to be backed up then choose the option Let me choose what to back up.
Windows asks you to specify a backup location on the “Backup Type, Destination, and Name” page. By default you simply choose a file to save the backup to and then give it a name and you;re done with this step.

The default save drive is A drive although it is best to choose one of the following locations to save your backup to. You could save it to another area of your computer’s hard disk. Make sure you save the backup to an area of the drive other than the one that you are backing up. You could also back up to removable media such as a flash drive. Or you could save the backup to a network share or an external hard disk drive. After you have chosen an ideal backup location, simply enter a good name for the file, and click Next. Finally click Finish to begin the backup process.
It is best to perform this kind of backup once every week. You could even set it up to do so automatically. You can do this by clicking Advanced instead of Finish on the final page of the Backup Wizard . Then click Next to access the “When to Back Up” page. Select Later, and then select Set Schedule, to open the Schedule Job dialog box. Now your computer will make a backup for as often as you’d like as long as the computer is on. The entire backup process does not take long at all.

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