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Backup and Restore Using External Hard Drive



BACK UP SELECTIVE FILES ONLY

First make SURE to have the external hard drive already plugged into computer.

To create a Complete PC Backup image for your computer you need to enter the Backup and Restore Center. To begin please follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the Start button to open your Start Menu.
  2. Click on the All Programs menu option.
  3. Click on the Maintenance folder.
  4. Click on the Backup and Restore Center icon.

OR click on Start, in the Start Search option, type Backup, then choose Backup and Restore under Programs.

  • In the Backup and Restore Center, you have the option to either back up your entire computer, or to only back up selected files and folders. If the customer has an external hard drive capable of backing up the entire system, I would recommend this, it will take longer to back up, but this way if your computer does happen to crash and you loose everything, you have all your important files backed up already.
  • First, we will start by only backing up certain files, such as images and pictures. To start this process click on Back up files, if UAC is enabled, you will need to press Continue.
  • Next, we need to choose the device we want to back everything up to, if you are only backing up documents or images, you can load a DVD into your DVD Burner and back them up onto the DVD. If the customer has a lot of info to back up, DVD''s might not be the best way to go because of the limited space you have per DVD. To choose where to back your files up, simply click on the drop down menu and either choose your DVD drive or the location to your external hard drive. Once selected, click Next at the bottom.

  • Windows automatically has a list of files and items it thinks you would want to back up, you can uncheck any of these items that do not apply to you. Windows will automatically go out and find these files for you also on your system. Once you have decided which files types to back up, click on Next.


  • The back up process will now commence, a progress bar will show you when the backup is complete. Once complete, you should be able to locate all your backed up files on your external hard drive. Mine was under the folder labeled "Backup-Vista"

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BACK UP ENTIRE PC


 

First make SURE to have the external hard drive already plugged into computer.

To create a Complete PC Backup image for your computer you need to enter the Backup and Restore Center. To begin please follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the Start button to open your Start Menu.
  2. Click on the All Programs menu option.
  3. Click on the Maintenance folder.
  4. Click on the Backup and Restore Center icon.

OR click on Start, in the Start Search option, type Backup, then choose Backup and Restore under Programs


  • This time, we want to choose Back up computer.

  • Once again, we must choose the device we want to back our hard drive up to, to do this click on the drop arrow menu under On a hard disk. If customer wishes to back everything up onto a DVD, they can choose that option now. Then click Next.


  • Check to make sure the following displayed information is correct; their backup location and the drive being backed up. To start the backup you should now click on the Start Backup button. When you press this button, Vista will start the backup and create an image on the media or hard drive that you specified.




  • Your computer has now been successfully backed up and you should store the media or external drive in a safe location in the event that you need it in the future. In the future when you make further Complete PC Backups to the same drive, it will only backup the differences between your last backup and the current state of your computer allowing the backups to complete much quicker.



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RESTORING YOUR BACKUP

IMPORTANT INFO:Once you have made a Complete PC Backup you can restore that backup at any time. When restoring a Complete PC Backup it is important to know that the restore process will erase all of hard disks and all of the user data and programs will be erased and replaced with the data and programs from the backup.

It is better to be safe than sorry when there is a chance you may lose all of your data. If you still want to perform the restore, then you need to start the restore process from the System Recovery Options menu in the Windows Recovery Environment. Instructions and information on how to access the Windows Recovery Environment and the System Recovery Options menu can be found in the following tutorial: Using Windows Complete PC Restore to restore your computer.

 

 

 

First make SURE to have the external hard drive already plugged into computer.

To restore your previously backed up hard drive, you need to enter the Backup and Restore Center. To begin please follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the Start button to open your Start Menu.
  2. Click on the All Programs menu option.
  3. Click on the Maintenance folder.
  4. Click on the Backup and Restore Center icon.

OR click on Start, in the Start Search option, type Backup, then choose Backup and Restore under Programs.

 

 

  • In the Backup and Restore Center, we want to choose the Advaced Restore option under the heading Restore files or your entire computer. When testing on my own, I personally found out the easiest way to restore files is to choose the Advanced restore, this way you can have Windows Auto restore all your files rather than having to add them manually.
  • After clicking on "Advanced Restore" another window should pop up that looks like the one below, we should already be under the Restore Files column, next click on Advanced restore in the middle, if UAC is turned on, you will need to press Continue.


 


 

  • Our next step is to choose what we would like to restore, in our case we want to choose the first option Files from the latest backup made on this computer. Then click Next.

  • At this point in time, we should already have our external hard drive already plugged in, if you do not see your hard drive in the drop down menu, check to see if the hard drive is powered up and plugged in. Once you get your drive to show up, click on Next.

  • This next window should display the latest backup you made of your machine, if you wish to choose a later backup time, you will need to cancel out of the wizard, start the process over and choose Files from an older backup made on this machine. If you are happy with the date to restore from, click Next.

  • The easiest way to restore backed up files and folders is to put a check in the box at the top titled Restore everything in this backup. If you do not wish to go through this process because of a large backup size, you can browse for specific files or folders manually on the right hand side of the window.

  • We now have the option to choose where we restore our files to on our machine, typically if files have been accidentelty deleted or become curropt, you will want to choose the first option In the original location which will not allow for any modifications. If, though, you choose to put the restore files in a different location, you have the option to do that also. Once you have chosen where you would like to save the restored files, click on Start Restore to begin the process.



  • The restore process is now in progress, once finished all your files should sucessfully be restored in their proper location.



 

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