If you ever had a hard drive failure and didn’t have the time energy or money to back your information up on an external hard drive or DVD, you know a very particular sort of pain. It’s a pain that no one should ever have to feel. If you’re running a Mac, this process is very easy. If you have Time Machine, it’s even easier. If you run a PC, it can be a little bit of a pain.
If you’re running XP, you have a backup or restore Wizard that can help you manually backup your information, or set it on a schedule with which you can automatically back up your data.
Just go to the Start menu, Accessories, System Tools, and then click Backup. The Wizard should appear. It will ask you what you want to do (backup files) then it will ask you what you want to back up. Here you can pick and choose individual files, or backup the whole computer. It’ll then ask you for a destination. If you have an external hard drive, you can choose that, Then you press finish, and that’s that. If you don’t have time to think about backing up your information every week or month or whatnot, you might want to set the whole thing up on a schedule. It’s essentially the same process as above, so I’ll cut to the change. Once you arrived at the “finish” screen, choose advanced, then click through pressing “next” until you get to a screen that says “Backup Options”. Make sure you click “replace the existing backup” or you’re just going to be saving an additional copy of the information you already have saved. After you click the “next” button you’ll be getting to the “When to Back Up” Screen. You’ll be able to set the start date of the regular backups and set the schedule of future backups. It’s going to ask you for a password, and then ask you to finish. It’s very simple, and will save you some serious headaches later. I always suggest an external hard drive, and the prices are dropping rapidly so go out and grab one on the next rainy day when you have nothing to do, or when you’re watching football alone on the internet on a Sunday. Compare this to getting eight movies through the mail for forty dollars and you’ll recognize
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