Exactly how do I back up my computer?

Question

Exactly how do I back up my computer? I have backed up my documents, but how do I backup system files, etc. Also, how do I backup email? Thanks for all your help,

Marlana Lewis

Answer

This question was answered on November 19, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The Backup utility helps you create a copy of the information on your hard disk In the event that the original data on your hard disk is accidentally erased or overwritten, or becomes inaccessible because of a hard disk malfunction, you can use the copy to restore your lost or damaged data.

To back up System State data

Using the Windows interface

1. Open Backup

The Backup Utility Wizard starts by default, unless it is disabled.

2. Click the Advanced Mode button in the Backup Utility Wizard

3. Click the Backup tab, then in Click to select the check box for any drive, folder, or file that you want to back up, select the System State check box This will back up the System State data along with any other data you have selected for the current backup operation

Important

· You should always keep current, reliable backup copies of your System State data

Notes

· You must be an administrator or a backup operator to back up files and folders For more information about permissions or user rights, click Related Topics

· To start Backup, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup

· If the Backup and Recovery Wizard does not start by default, you can still use it to back up the System State data by clicking Backup Wizard on the Tools menu

· If you are backing up the System State data to a tape, and the Backup program indicates that there is no unused media available, you may have to use Removable Storage to add your tape to the free media pool so Backup can use it For more information about Removable Storage, click Related Topics

· You can only back up the System State data on a local computer You cannot back up the System State data on a remote computer

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Posted by Jerry of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 19, 2004