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How to back up your data

Use Windows 7's tools to protect your documents

Windows 7 does its best to make backing up your files easy, so there's no excuse for not organising and protecting all your valuable data.

Step 3. You can now review your settings and schedule incremental backups. Select ‘Change schedule’ to alter the Windows 7 default plan, then change the date, time and frequency to suit your needs. Note that your PC needs to be switched on for a backup to be processed. Click Ok, then choose ‘Save settings and backup’.

Backup step 3

Step 4. The first backup may take a few hours to complete, particularly if you’ve selected large documents and a system image. However, the process runs in the background, allowing you to get on with other tasks. When the backup is complete, you’ll see the same screen that appears when you choose to restore a backup.

Backup step 4

Step 5. Click ‘Restore my files’. Browse for specific files or folders to restore by clicking on the corresponding button on the right. You can choose several individual files or sets of files from different parts of the backup for one restore. Select the files or folders you need, then click ‘Add files’, Next.

Backup step 5

Step 6. The following screen enables you to restore the files to their original location or a folder that you specify. The latter option is useful if you want to look at older versions of a file without overwriting more recent copies. Browse to a folder and click Ok, Restore. Windows will then copy the files across.

Backup step 6

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