How To forum


I have fairly simple back-up questions

by Lienutus / July 15, 2011 7:05 AM PDT

I want to restore my laptop to its condition when it was new. It was faster ans smoother back then. I figured that if i can use my backup disks its prompted me to create when i first turned it on, I can make it like new. But I have many things that on this 250gb laptop that I do and don't know of that I want, and I have a 1 TB external hard drive. how can I COMPLETELY back up all my files, programs, and junk onto my external hard drive so I can safely just restore my computer and pop in the disks? AND will restoring it like this help my games and programs run better like they used to?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: I have fairly simple back-up questions
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: I have fairly simple back-up questions
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
"programs" all good till that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 15, 2011 7:12 AM PDT

Today's apps are not made to allow such backups. Let's say no to programs.

Files= YES.

Collapse -
Files within programs?
by Lienutus / July 15, 2011 7:18 AM PDT

Ok so programs might be out but what about saved firefox e-mails and passwords and settings and stuff like that? Would I be able to save that? Also, I hear restoring my computer might not help its speed. Is this true?

Collapse -
by Lienutus / July 15, 2011 7:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Files within programs?

And what apps would do it all very well?

Collapse -
Good question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 15, 2011 8:26 AM PDT
In reply to: apps

If there is a fault or shortcoming in Windows it's this. No one has come close to Apple's install the os and save my files feature.

You can read about that at

Microsoft has not gotten the message on this.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

Does BMW or Volvo do it best?

Pint-size luxury and funky style

Shopping for a new car this weekend? See how the BMW X2 stacks up against the Volvo XC40 in our side-by-side comparison.