It's my pleasure to assist in any way that I can!
Backing up files and folders is not very difficult. If you're running XP Professional
, you should have a backup utility built into the OS (Operating System). It can be found in the Start
menu, then hover over All Programs
> then hover over Accessories
> then hover over System Tools
> if you have the utility, you will see "Backup
" as one of the choices. If the backup utility is not listed in the System Tools menu, you're probably running XP Home. Then a manual backup would be a good solution.
Before backing up, I would read the articles here
. Personally, I've never used the backup utility
I like to manually put all my music, and pictures in corresponding folders. Then, I would also advise estimating the amount of memory that is needed for backing up your things. After all your media is in one or two folders, just check the size of those folders by right-clicking on the folder
containing the music or pictures, then click on Properties
. This should display the size of the folder(s).
Next you'll want to decide where
you would like to put this information. This depends on the size of the information to be backed up
. You can use discs and a burn utility for smaller files. Or if you have a removable thumb or flash drive large enough to handle bigger loads, this will be easier. External hard drives are also very good for this task.
See what you have to work with, and use google
online for information regarding some of these methods.Keep in mind though...if you do need a full install of your OS, you will need the disk and product key code
. You may have to purchase one because using a full install with another persons disc will not work. The key codes are for specific computers.
That is why it's best to try to repair
your OS rather than a full install. No purchase is necessary for a repair as long as you can obtain a disc.
Take a look around, and let me know what you find!