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How to backup my system

by maggiem2 / March 14, 2008 3:26 PM PDT

I have read alot about backup in the forums but I didn't see any instructions how to do it. I have no idea how to make a back up for my computer system.
Exactly what do I backup and what do I back it up to? How do I do it?

My OS is Windows XP Home Edition SP2
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by Darton Fury / March 14, 2008 3:45 PM PDT

What to backup is easy -anything of value to you! Do you have important files, documents, pictures??? Best bet is to save them by copying to removable media such as CD-R ,DVD-R, or flash drive. Then store them away in a safe place. Be aware though that even removable media has a shelf life.

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Agree with Darton. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 14, 2008 8:17 PM PDT

I just save my pictures, documents, stuff I can't replace in case of a crash. I have an external 460 Gig hard drive and make my first copy there. Then, once a month or so I burn it all to DVD. This way I have two copies and can make changes on the external drive, then burn the best.

There is third party backup software all over the net. Some free, some not. But I've always been skeptical. I've seen too many posts here about that software and problems.

All my IBM machines (4) have built in IBM backup software, and I tried it once. It took forever to back up my drive. Too much trouble.

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by maggiem2 / March 14, 2008 11:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Agree with Darton. . .

Thank you for that info Darton but I still need instructions how to backup. I just don't know how to do it.


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Have you ever
by Jimmy Greystone / March 14, 2008 11:25 PM PDT
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Have you ever burned a CD or copied files onto some kind of USB flash/thumb drive? It's really as simple as that. Don't worry about trying to back up all your programs and the operating system, just focus on the files you absolutely cannot replace otherwise, like photos and other documents.

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by maggiem2 / March 15, 2008 4:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Have you ever

Thank you for the input. I went out and bought a USB Flash, Ummm thingy. I have some CD here called Memorex CD-R ( recordable 52X700 60 min. I am going to try the discs first. Crossing my fingers ( my toes and my eyes)

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Just try Ghost.
by panther_stalking / March 15, 2008 1:34 AM PDT
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You can try using Ghost 8.3 to backup your system and burn the .gho file(which is the file that has backed-up your system) onto a CD-R/RW

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re: how to backup
by JakeDr / March 19, 2008 10:49 PM PDT

It is recommended to use special backup software for backing up your files. You can find the information you want on wikipedia or on the different sites of backup software. They usually have pages "how to backup" and so on.. I use Handy Backup - , it's quite easy.

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backuo files
by maggiem2 / March 20, 2008 10:16 AM PDT
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Thank you JakeDr
So I to backup I also nee aprogram to do it and it will be saved to this USB memory stick I purchased???? Now I am more confused.

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re: backup files
by JakeDr / March 20, 2008 3:58 PM PDT
In reply to: backuo files

You have many ways: backup to CD/DVD, USB, HD DVD and so on. For a start you can download any backup program trial(free) version (for instance HB trial) and try to backing up. It has user friendly interface and very understandable help.
P.S. My first "backing up" time wasn't so difficult because of using help Happy
P.P.S. Wish you successful attempt :))

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Additionally Note: Compare the Size of....
by tobeach / March 20, 2008 5:00 PM PDT
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what you're looking to back-up (total) to the space on media you're wanting to use. A USB flash drive is good but note how many KB or GB's are available for storage v/s size of back up. CD's are generally good for about 750 megabytes. DVD's about 4.5 Gigabytes. Flash thumbs from 256Kb up to 8 Gb's & lots of in-between sizes. Good Luck! Grin

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backup files
by maggiem2 / March 21, 2008 1:00 AM PDT

Thank you to everyone for the replies. I got my files onto two CDs.

I appreciated everyone's suggestions


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