Creating Backup Discs

  onokeck 15:50 27 Jul 04
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Okay, everyone 'bangs' on about "Make sure you back up everything". Well, can someone please explain to me (in simple terms please) how I do this. I can backup the registry, but how do I backup everything on my hard drive to regain it in the event of a major crash or to reload choice items on a new PC? I have a CD rewriter and plenty of CD-RW disks, but it seems like it would take a lot of disks to back up my hard drive, the contents of which at present is 20Gb+! This is nothing urgent or pressing, but I would be interested to know what to do when I decide to 'go for it'. I have over 4 years of junk cluttering up my machine and I'm tempted to use the recovery disk provided by Evesham and start over again, keeping only those items I really want. The system is AMD Athlon 1000 with OS Me w/528Ram and 30Gb HDD. Thanks for nay comments. Casey

  jonnytub 15:54 27 Jul 04

use your cd-rw software to copy choice files. therefore if and when things go wrong or you do a system recovery, you still have the important files to hand.

  jonnytub 15:54 27 Jul 04

use your cd-rw software to copy choice files. therefore if and when things go wrong or you do a system recovery, you still have the important files to hand.

  jonnytub 15:55 27 Jul 04

oops

  jonnytub 15:57 27 Jul 04

you could always use xp's own drag n drop system. Simply insert your cd-rw into the drive, then drag n drop the files you would like to backup to the same drive.

  jonnytub 15:59 27 Jul 04

sorry just noticed you have win me os. What cd writing software do you have installed?

  Stuartli 16:36 27 Jul 04

Don't use CD-RW disks, use good quality CD-Rs in multisession form so you can keep using them until full.

Their far superior reflectivity level prevents any possibility of a disk not being read.

Here's how to install MS Backup in ME:

click here

  jack 19:51 27 Jul 04

Casey said Everything
I beleive I am right insaying that only documents
that is thing you have created like tects letter images.
There is no point in backing programs because
I understand[tell me I misunderstood if I have]
that bits of programs go here there and every where and if your primary drive goes down- it is better to reinstall clean from your program disks
[If you have them]

  zootmo 20:13 27 Jul 04

your documents and anything else, utilities/drivers that have any value to you. Remember, the less sites you have to visit to update your computer after a reinstall the quicker the reinstall will be. A decent CD burning suite (and there are a lot) will manage a backup job painlessly, it's a basic funtion of a CD burner after all.In my experience, for what is worth, the one thing to know in computing is backup, backup,backup If you do have a crash you will be glad you did!

  Stuartli 09:26 28 Jul 04

Absolutely sound and sensible advice.

Also, if you use Windows BackUp and the worse happens, it will undertake the Restore for you (I use XP Pro).

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