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Windows XP Backup restore without ASR floppy

by jwaage / August 22, 2010 6:21 AM PDT

Hi, I have a question about being able to restore data using the Windows Backup program in XP WITHOUT making an ASR floppy. (I apologize for not having any more details about the system. I don't own the system and don't have access to it right now.) I chose the 3rd option, to backup "All information on this computer," and backing up to an external HD took about an hour. However, I'm not familiar with the program and didn't know that I would need a floppy disk after the backup. I didn't have access to one and therefore had to cancel that part of the backup.

If the system's internal HD fails and loses all its data, will the external HD be able to restore everything even though I never created an ASR floppy? (i.e. will I be able to create a working ASR floppy somehow even if the system's own internal HD is dead?)

I should note that I'm referring to personal data files (MS Office documents, pictures, etc.), NOT application files. I've tried to find the answer on this forum and other sites, but this specific question did not seem to be addressed. Please, if someone could explain this to me, I would be very grateful! Thanks!

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The problem with Windows Backup
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 22, 2010 8:50 PM PDT

is that you need to be logged in to Windows to be able to restore from the backup, which sort of defeats the object.

If you are only backing up personal files, Office documents, images, music and so on, a much easier way is simply to copy those files to your external hard drive. We recommend at least two backup copies. If the originals on the system's hard drive are lost for any reason, eg that hard drive fails, then your single backup copies suddenly become originals, eg, no backup.

Hope that helps.

Mark

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Re: Windows XP Backup restore without ASR Floppy
by cneast / May 1, 2011 11:32 AM PDT

This is accomplished by installing a fresh copy of
Windows and then doing a restore. I've found many
first-hand claims online that this works.

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