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Backing up files

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Dick, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Dick

    Dick Flightless Bird

    What files do i need to backup
    I backup picture files on A dvd/cd now,but i understad there are more.

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks
     
  2. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    Dick wrote:
    > What files do i need to backup
    > I backup picture files on A dvd/cd now,but i understad there are
    > more.
    >
    > Any suggestions?


    Technically - if you have your installation media for all of your
    applications that you utilize, their product keys/serial numbers, a method
    *external* to your hard disk drive to restore the system 'as shipped' or at
    least install the Operating System (Windows XP I assume) - then all you need
    to backup is the 'stuff important to you'. That's about as well as anyone
    can define it not knowing you or what you might believe is important.

    Documents, spreadsheets, databases, pictures, Internet favorites/bookmarks,
    emails, contacts, downloaded installation files, music, drawings, etc and so
    on. thinsg you made and that cannot be replaced by installing Windows XP,
    Office 20__ and the likes.

    My suggestion - cover all bases. Purchase a Seagate Replica 500GB drive,
    use it to backup everything you could ever need even if you lost all of your
    media and your hard disk drive had to be replaced (it could do what is known
    as a bare-metal restore to get you back up and going from the last full
    backup.) $99-$149 U.S. External drive and practically no knowledge needed.

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
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  3. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 13 Jul 2010 16:03:17 -0700, Dick
    <Dick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    > What files do i need to backup



    The ones that would cause you problems if you lost them. The choice is
    yours.

    You might want to read this article on backup I've written: "Back Up
    Your Computer Regularly and Reliably" at
    http://www.computorcompanion.com/LPMArticle.asp?ID=314


    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
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  4. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Back up everything. If you don't, and get a disk failure you may spend a
    week just re-installing the OS and all it's updates
    and any drivers that you had updated.
    "Dick" <Dick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:2DEB641A-159B-41EC-9A6B-CD9EF1571EB8@microsoft.com...
    > What files do i need to backup
    > I backup picture files on A dvd/cd now,but i understad there are more.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    > Thanks
     

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