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What Can Be Backed Up?


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#1 honu1

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 12:08 PM

I have an external hard drive that I haven't used yet. I've been told it's a good idea to back up my system on a regular basis. Exactly what is supposed to be backed up? The hard drive is a USB connection with no CD.
Is there a special way to get my sub folders from my email over to this?

I read the article here about the Cobian backup, but I don't understand it, nor do I know if that's what I need with this hard drive.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:35 PM

Backing up, is just making a copy of your personal files (photos, documents, etc.), and saving it in another location.
It's a good idea to backup your personal files, on a regular basis.
I do it once a week, but you can do it as often as you feel is necessary.

I use Cobian, to back up my personal files.
Once it's set up, back ups are just a matter of clicking a button.

If you want to back up system files, you would need a disk imaging program, like Acronis True Image.
With that, you can image (copy) your operating system, and program files, to an external drive.
That way, if your harddrive ever crashes, you can copy the image to the new drive, which should restore all of you Operating System files, and installed program files.
Acronis can also be used to back up your personal files.

In addition to backing up your personal information to an external drive, it's a good idea to back it up to CD/DVD, also.
That way, if your external drive also dies, you won't lose your personal files.
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:59 PM

Wow, there's so very much to learn!
I am clueless as to all the files you mentioned,alas.
What are personal files? I'm thinking that my system files would be my copy of Windows XP?
What all is included?
I've got to read again the tut on Cobian, but I really need step by step guidance here.
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:26 PM

Personal files contain your personal information. :thumbsup:
Photos you may have put on your computer, Word documents you've created, Notepad documents, could all be considered personal files.
Things that can't be replaced, in the event of a crash.
System files (XP), and program files (games and other programs), can just be reinstalled.
Unless you have your personal stuff backed up, it's lost.

If you want to try Cobian, install it, and follow along with the tutorial.
Also, the included Help file, is pretty thorough.
If you need additional help, I, or someone else, should be able to help you get it set up.
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