Posted 27 March 2006 - 10:39 PM
Backing up depends on what it is you want to back up. If you need constant, incremental backup, then follow Bear's advice. For myself, I simply back up all the things I don't want to lose. I back up emails, utilities, pictures, Word and Word Perfect files, and so on. In XP, you can put a blank CD into your drive and it will most likely give you the option to open a writeable folder. You can drag the files you want to copy into that and then when you've put them all in, you can tell it to write the files.
Or, you can use a program like Nero or the free CDburnerXP to do the same thing. It might take a little practice, but you should get the hang of it rather quickly. With most burner programs, it's a good idea to set them up to verify the information after writing. It will check to see that what's written matches what's supposed to be there.
I use one CD to regularly back up my general files, all the My Documents stuff and favorites and documents, another CD to back up pictures, another for movies, and so on. I use labels and always put the date of the backup on them.
In addition, for my business and checkbook programs, I back them up several ways every time I use them. Once to the hard drive for later burning to general files, once to a flash card, and also to a CD-RW. That way, if one backup fails, the others might work.