Have you tried using Microsoft's Backup provided in the System Tools' folder in Accessories? There are several very good freeware programs but for scheduled backups that will do what you need.
I have provided several online articles about MS Backup.How to use MS Backup.What to backup.How to install MS Backup if not present.
One file\folder often not backed up is the System Registry. If your registry is damaged this could be the difference between restoring you OS and re-installing it. Here are two links work looking at. One is how to manually backup the registry and the second is a freeware registry backup program.How to backup the registry.ERUNT
Here is a recommended backup program listed, and used, from our list of free programs. Snap Backup
As far as transferring data I have found drag & Drop to be very effective for data. Open two windows. One with the data you wish to move and a second with the destination of the data to be moved. Left click on the data file or folder and drag it to the new folder\partition\drive you wish to transfer it to. Release the mouse button when it is over the location where you want it. It will be transferred when you release the button If you move a program you will have to re-install it in the new location. It cannot simply be moved. you can also transfer files this way over a LAN from computer to computer.
If you are worried about Cut & Paste, use Copy & Paste. It will leave a copy in the original location until you are sure the transfer in a success. I recently Dragged & Dropped a 40G folder over my LAN from one computer to my server. It contained an assortment of files from Registry backup to .gif and .jpg image with no losses. Then I deleted the files from the original location.
Edited by acklan, 24 September 2006 - 05:16 AM.