Backing up your computer files is critical if you want to protect your data against possible corruption, loss or accidental deletion. If you use Windows XP, you can use the backup utility to back up all of the files on your computer or just certain files that you want to save. This utility is great since you don't need any third-party software.
Click "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and then click "Backup." Plug the external storage media into your computer.
Click "Next," select "Back up files and settings" and then click the "Next" button again.
Choose which files you wish to back up on your computer. If you want to back up all of the files on the machine, choose "All information on this computer" and click "Next." If you want to back up select files and folders, click "Let me choose what to back up" and click "Next."
Choose what files you want to back up (if you chose to back up only certain files) and then click the "Next" button.
Click the "Browse" button and navigate to a location on your external storage media where you want to save your files. Click the "Next" and "Finish" buttons to complete the backup setup process and start the file backup process from your computer to your external storage media.
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