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    System backup

    Hi,

    Is a system backup the backup of everything on the computer, including taskbar items?

    Thank you.

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    Moon,

    "System Backup" is a somewhat vague term. It could mean only the Operating System or the Entire System depending on the specific backup product to which you are refering. More precise terms are:

    Image Backup: This is like taking a picture (exact duplicate) of every disk/partition included in the Image. So if you backup just your System Partition you should get all of the Operating System and all of your settings (assuming you haven't moved your User Folder to another drive/partition. If you Image all of your internal drives/partitions you have the "whole ball of wax" and a restoration from this Image Backup will return your system to EXACTLY the way it was when the Image was taken.

    File Backup: This usually refers to your data files, e.g. content that you have created like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access files and Music you have downloaded or ripped from your CDs and/or pictures you took with your camera. Many of us like to keep our data on a separate drive or partition so backing up the data, which can't be reloaded from CDs/Downloads like software and Operating systems can, is safe and secure even if we have to restore our OS from an Image that is several months old.

    Generally, you only need to Image your OS partition when you make major changes or are getting ready to make major changes. Your data on the other hand should be backed up much more frequently if not every day or even more often depending on how often you change your data content and it importance to you.
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    Thank you very much Retired Geek. Have a wonderful day.

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    Some of us split our data from the operating system to make it easier to backup and recover.
    If you have Windows on C: and all your data (documents, MP3s, email etc) on D: then you can make an image of Windows on C: once every 6 months and backup your data on D: every day. This should make it easier to recover your operating system when your computer dies. Once the OS is running you can restore your data at your leisure.

    cheers, Paul

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    Backing up the system files once every six months would leave me with a lot of programs to reinstall not to mention browser favorites that would go missing. I prefer to do an image backup of both data and system on a single partition once a week, but people have different preferences. The main thing is to keep regular data backups. System files can almost always be recovered but once you lose data, its gone forever.

    Jerry

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