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Vista Backup Utility
By James Wise
posted March 23, 2009
TECH TIPS – Previously, we’ve talked about
how important it is to backup the data on your computer and how to use
the Windows XP Backup program. In this column, we’ll cover the backup
utility built into Windows Vista.
As with previous instructions, these instructions are for backing up
the DATA on your computer. These are normally the files you can’t
otherwise replace such as pictures, documents, email, bookmarks, etc.
This doesn’t address your operating system or program files though.
Keep in mind that in the event of a complete system failure, you would
need to re-install those programs so be sure to have a copy of your
programs somewhere as well (i.e. the program setup disks).
Using the Windows Vista Backup Utility:
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1) Run the Backup utility by clicking the Start Icon
and then clicking Control Panel
2) Click the System and Maintenance group
3) Click the Backup and Restore Center group
4) Click the Back up files button
5) Choose where you want to place the backup.
Typically this will be on another hard disk and likely an external
drive. If you have a network with more than one computer, you could use
that but this is a more advanced option. Just remember that ideally,
you should have a backup on a completely different disk and perhaps
even have a copy outside of you home if possible for maximum
protection. Also make sure you have enough free space for your backup
on the location you pick. Finally, make sure that the backup location
is available when your backup is scheduled to run. For example, if you
use a network location or external drive, make sure this is available.
6) Choose what file types you want to back up.
Typically, you’ll want all boxes checked
7) Choose how often you want the backup to run. I
suggest to at least make this weekly and at some time your computer
will be running but not used.
8) Click Save settings and start backup and a backup
will start. You can run this utility again in the future to see when
the last backup was taken and when the next backup is scheduled. You
can also use the change settings option here if you want to modify your
backup settings later.
Next time, we’ll talk about how to copy a backup to a CD or DVD for
“off site storage” in the event of a fire, stolen computer, etc…
In future columns we will talk about other backup options like programs
that backup your computer over the Internet (thus providing an “off
site backup”) and special external hard drives specifically designed
for easy backups. To wrap things up, we’ll also review how to recover
files from a backup.
Do you have a tech question you would like answered or a program you
would like to recommend? Email me at email@example.com.
computer questions, please include your operating system version (e.g.
Windows Vista) and sorry, but I don’t do Macs.
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