First, decide what files on computer that you want to save. For the average home user, this is typically not a lot of data. Usually some documents. Possibly some music files and photos.
My Documents folder, My Music Folder, My Pictures Folder.
These are the usual locations of the files that we want to save.
A blank cdr disk will hold some 700 MB of data.
If a folder contains more than 700 MB, create new folders to organize and separate the files. You can add files until the disk is full.
If you have a cdrw drive, place a blank disk in the drive, right click the folder/s, select send to, cdrw drive Usually D:\ or E:\.
A window will open saying that you have files ready to burn to cd. On the menu at left, select burn these files to cd. In a few minutes you'll have your backup cd.
I am very confused and computer inept. I know I need to back up what I have on my PC (a Dell 4500, running Win XP home ed.) My system is old and I am afraid that one day in the near future it is going to crash. Should I back it up to an external hard drive? Should I put it all on CD's? (Whew, what a job that would be)? If I save it all to an external HD do I need a program to transfer the data? I don't know enough to know what files to save so I want to play it safe and save the whole thing - all the programs and data - which as I understand it, live on my "C" drive. Any assistance or advice would be very much appreciated. I'm good at light switches but not to swift with PC's. TIA - John in El Paso