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Backing Up Hard Drive

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#1 Woody


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Posted 15 February 2006 - 06:35 PM

After completely losing all data on my main hard drive due to a head crash (platters damaged beyond recovery :thumbsup: ), I have learned a hard lesson no one should have to learn. I now have a USB 2.0 external hard drive that I will be using to back up my new internal hard drive going forward. The main things I need to back up are my data files (Word, Excel, Publisher, pictures, songs, movies, etc.), Outlook Express e-mails and contacts, and IE favorites. My software does not need to be backed up as I have the CD's and DVD's to reinstall it if needed.

Do you have any recommendations for software that is easy to use, has scheduling capabilities, and is well-supported? I know Windows can do backups, but I don't think it has scheduling capabilities.

By the way, I have the Windows XP SP2 operating system.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 02:36 AM

Apparently you can. I pulled this from the Help and Support section under Start...

To schedule a backup
Open Backup.
The Backup Utility Wizard starts by default, unless it is disabled.

Click the Advanced Mode button in the Backup Utility Wizard.
Click the Backup tab, and then, on the Job menu, click New.
Select the files and folders you want to back up by clicking the check box to the left of a file or folder under Click to select the check box for any drive, folder or file that you want to back up.
Select File or a tape device in Backup destination, and then save the file and folder selections by clicking the Job menu, and then clicking Save Selections.
In Backup media or file name, type a path and file name for the backup file, or select a tape.
Select any backup options you want, such as the backup type and the log file type, by clicking the Tools menu, and then clicking Options. When you have finished selecting backup options, click OK.
Click Start Backup and make any changes you want to the Backup Job Information dialog box.
If you want to set advanced backup options such as data verification or hardware compression, click Advanced. When you have finished selecting advanced backup options, click OK.
For more information about setting advanced backup options, see To set advanced backup options.

Click Schedule in the Backup Job Information dialog box.
In the Set Account Information dialog box, enter the user name and password that you want the scheduled backup to run under.
In the Scheduled Job Options dialog box, in Job name, type a name for the scheduled backup job, and then click Properties to set the date, time, and frequency parameters for the scheduled backup. When you have finished, click OK, and then click OK again.

You can use Backup to back up and restore data on either FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS volumes. However, if you have backed up data from an NTFS volume used in Windows XP, it is recommended that you restore the data to an NTFS volume used in Windows XP, or you could lose data as well as some file and folder features. Some file systems may not support all features of other file systems. For example, permissions, encrypting file system (EFS) settings, disk quota information, mounted drive information, and Remote Storage information will be lost if you back up data from an NTFS volume used in Windows XP and then restore it to a FAT volume or an NTFS volume used in Windows NT 4.0.

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 you are scheduling a tape backup, you may have to use Removable Storage to make sure that your tape is available in the Backup media pool. For more information about Removable Storage, click Related Topics.
You must have the Task Scheduler service running before you can schedule a backup. To do this, open the command prompt window and type net start schedule. You can also use Services in Computer Management to start, stop, and view the status of services.
If you want to back up your System State data, which includes such things as the registry and Active Directory directory service, you must select System State in Click to select the check box for any drive, folder, or file that you want to back up.
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.
In the Scheduled Job Options dialog box, you can delete a scheduled backup from the Task Scheduler by clicking Delete.
You can change the settings of a scheduled backup job after you schedule it by clicking the Schedule Jobs tab and then clicking the backup icon that is displayed on the calendar.
Backup operators and administrators can back up and restore encrypted files and folders without decrypting the files or folders.
If you have Windows Media Services running on your computer, and you want to back up the files associated with these services, see "Running Backup with Windows Media Services" in the Windows Media Services online documentation. You must follow the procedures outlined in the Windows Media Services online documentation before you can back up or restore files associated with Windows Media Services.
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Posted 23 February 2006 - 05:32 PM

Just a bit of advice about re-installing your software with all them CD's and updates, etc.

An imaging utility will enable you to put it all back the way that it was in about 20 minutes (versus hours or days to reinstall everything). Combine this with a good backup program and you're never more that 30 minutes from a fresh installation.

Digital Dolly is a highly recommended freeware application for this purpose: http://www.download.com/Digital-Dolly/3000...tml?tag=lst-0-1

Personally, I use Acronis True Image for my imaging (about $50 US) at http://www.acronis.com .
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