Backing Up data in Windows Xp

April 15, 2011 at 18:30:26
Specs: Windows XP
I have windows Xp running in my pc.But how would I backup the data so that when I format it I dont lose the data

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April 16, 2011 at 08:34:06
You put your Documents on a CD, right ?
or an Exterior hard drive.
Another way that cost more is to use Acronis True Image. It takes a while
to get used to learning how it works. It will allow you to pick and choose what to restore or restore the whole hard drive.
You will need an exterior hard drive for this also. If Acronis fail to work you can reinstall Windows XP (with your CD) Install Acronis - Run the Acronis
backup and your computer is completely restored.
I've done this on Windows XP and Windows 7
If you do buy Acronis make sure you buy their CD
You can make a copy but I always want the CD on hand.

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April 16, 2011 at 19:11:24
@cboy thanx for the reply but did not understand what you meant by if Arconis fails then 'reinstall Xp and run Acronis backup' .If Acronis fails how will it provide the backup?Please reply

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April 16, 2011 at 21:13:12
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@cboy thanx for the reply but did not understand what you meant by if Arconis fails then 'reinstall Xp and run Acronis backup' .If Acronis fails how will it provide the backup?Please reply
When I bought Acronis, I also bought the Acronis CD to install.
It can also be used to boot your computer straight to the Acronis backup
on your Exterior hard drive.
Maybe a virus got me, I don't know but for some reason I couldn't get to my backup on my Exterior hard drive. The Acronis CD wouldn't work.
My Solution.
I reinstalled Windows xp using the Windows XP CD.
Next I installed the Acronis software.
Since my backup was on my Exterior hard drive, all I had to do was connect it and run the backup that I had made with the Acronis True Image.
My backup was clean and had all of my Windows Updates.
Their another way that works also.
Buy an extra hard drive. Clone your operating system to the spare hard drive.
When your working hard drive gets corrupted, than switch them.
Than put your corrupted hard drive on your computer as a slave and run
Error Checking. This will probably get it working good enough to run
your backup from the exterior hard drive.

I bought Acronis for my Windows XP and with it I could Clone an extra hard drive.
I had to buy another Acronis for my Windows 7. The first one I bought
wouldn't work on Windows 7
If you buy Acronis be careful that you buy the right software, because they
sell other products similiar.

Windows 7 allows you to make one copy of the operating system
With these DVD you can install on a blank hard drive just for your computer. A lot of people are failing to make these DVD to reinstall
Windows 7

When you clone a hard drive your making a duplicate and it's ready
to go to work.

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April 16, 2011 at 21:54:45
I haven't used disk imaging software, but I hear Acronis is awesome for this task.

When I want to backup, I plug in my external drive and copy over the My Documents folder, which is where I save pretty much every file I create. I then look around other directories for files/folders I might want to save. Keep in mind, if you're not using disk imaging, you'll need to reinstall your other programs too, so the Program Files folder in it's entirety isn't something you'll probably need to backup. Some programs save data or game files there, so it's a good place to look.

Also remember that backup drives can fail too, so make sure you backup really important data on multiple mediums like DVDs.

I'm curious, why are you looking to reformat your hard drive? Maybe it's a problem we can remedy and save you the time of reinstalling your OS and all your applications.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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