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How to: Back up your digital media

Plus: Schedule backups in Vista and Windows 7

Backing up your data is essential: the information contained in a document on a hard drive can be nearly impossible to replicate or replace. Here, we walk you through scheduling backups in Vista and Windows 7.

Step 3. If you allow Windows to choose what to back up, it will automatically back up the files and folders under your user account and any other user account or public/shared account on the local drive. Networked and attached drives aren't backed up, so this will need to be done separately.

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Step 4. First-time users will need to choose a convenient time for backups. Windows will normally schedule this for once a week. On the settings page you can accept this or click the ‘Change schedule' option. When you're happy with the arrangement, click ‘Save settings and run backup'. Your initial backup will now begin.

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Step 5. Having performed an initial backup of all the user accounts and files on our PC, we'll now elect to run a regular backup of just the ‘Rosie' user account. Hit ‘Change settings' in the Backup and Restore Center and decide what to back up. When you're happy, select ‘Review your backup settings', ‘Save settings and run backup'.

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Step 6. Some people don't back up their PCs regularly because it takes too much time or slows down the system. But it's definitely worth the trouble. Besides, on a newish machine, a complete Windows Backup shouldn't hog too much processing power. For an overview, go to Start and type Resource Monitor.

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Also see: How to: Restore data from a backup

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