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how to back up files

by Gzim-Berisha / July 31, 2007 8:37 AM PDT

how can i backup files on my windows xp
cause in the past i every times should write my important things into a cd
before formating,
is it simple?
and if i back up them how can i use the m again.

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by tylersmiller / July 31, 2007 1:33 PM PDT
In reply to: how to back up files

there are a lot of ways to backup. you can drag all files to an external hard drive. or to a flash drive. you can put them on CDS. just create a data disk if you have Nero or something. If you have a CD writer in Windows just drag the files to the CD-RW drive and click burn wizard.

when you make a data disk, it saves the files as they are on your computer, so you can just put in the cd if you need to recover something and drag the file to your HD.

Any other questions, let us know on the forums!

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thanks for your help
by Gzim-Berisha / July 31, 2007 7:44 PM PDT
In reply to: alright

thank for your help
but i used this way also before
i thought if there would be a way to recover them after
without spending money on cd-s etz.
i thoght about if windows would have a way like system restore
but that i could use after format.

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For that you would need something like TrueImage
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 31, 2007 8:20 PM PDT
In reply to: thanks for your help

If you want to back up a whole OS so you can recover from a re-format or some other catastrophe you would need a dedicated utility like Acronis TrueImage or Norton's Ghost. They can back up a whole drive to either an additional internal drive or external media like a USB drive or DVD's. Windows own backup utility leaves a lot to be desired.

It is not wise to backup to a different partition on the main hard disk, (except as a temporary solution), because of the risk of the disk failing completely.

Many people will just backup their data, eg personal files such as photos, music, videos, documents etc to CD/DVD, as well as the installation .exe's of any programs they have installed, and then in the event of a crash they use their Windows CD to re-install the OS and add back in anything they need from the external media.

Drivers are a good thing to backup separately, and there are useful utilities to help identify, categorize and extract drivers into a single folder. One such utility the Drivers Guide Utility from but most of the drivers you would need would be on the XP CD or a separate CD that came with it.



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by Gzim-Berisha / July 31, 2007 10:13 PM PDT

for everyone here that took the time to help me!
i will give a try to this utility`s

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