how can i make a backup of my data....

September 16, 2011 at 18:59:31
Specs: Windows XP, 1GB
my pc got lot of virus i just want to format my system and i just dont want to loss my data....

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September 16, 2011 at 19:40:25
Use Windows back up feature or just copy the folders the files are in onto an external hard disk or if not too large, to a bunch of DVD's.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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September 17, 2011 at 03:39:32
Hi Javeed,

you advise you have a lot of viruses, some could be mixed in with the data files.

If you do not have an anti-virus application, suggest obtaining a new Norton Internet Security 2006. This can be found inexpensively on ebay.

Install and run its scan-all facility. This should find and remove any problems it finds, and should be run weekly.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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September 17, 2011 at 05:05:02
That's the problem of backing up after the event. As Mike Newcomb says, you could just need up backing up viruses only to have them infect you again when you restore the backup.

If you dont want to pay for an anti-virus there are some good free ones available. Avast and AVG are a couple of good ones. Run one of them and they will clear most viruses and then keep them running and updated, Prevention is far better than a cure.

Having said that, what makes you think you have loads of viruses. Hardware and software problems can sometime give you the impression you are infected.

Only format as a last resort when all else has failed.

Then establish a backup procedure so if something happens again you have a something to fall back on.


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September 17, 2011 at 08:46:46
Hi Stuart - I agree with you in that it is worth trying AVG etc, as they are free.

However my (and others) experience is free ones are never as good as those purchased.

Providing full ongoing support, requires considerable manpower which costs, and has to be paid for.

Yesterday I received (via Ebay UK ) a new sealed version of Norton Internet Security 2006, at a total cost of £4.70, which provides 12 months of cover.

This version is the last one compatible with my os (W2000) and also supports Windows XP, which Javeed has.

Regards - Mike

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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