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    Backing up files (win xp home edition)

    I want to back up my important files to CD, which files should I back up in case I have to reinstall because of a virus or some other problem?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Backing up files (win xp home edition)

    If you had a virus or other "problem" that requires a RE-INSTALL, you need to have a backup of your ENTIRE hard drive! Backing up an entire hard drive to CD can be a problem in the NUMBER of disks it takes to do a full backup. You'll find that quite a number of users here in The Lounge use programs such as Acronis' TrueImage to make full backups of an entire hard drive, either to another hard drive or to CDs. On the other hand, if you are NOT looking to do a full backup and want to backup only selected files, there are a number of programs available for that purpose as well, not the least of which is the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> Karen Kenworthy Replicator.

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    Re: Backing up files (win xp home edition)

    To answer the specific question of "which files should I back up" is really hard.
    <UL><LI>Start with everything in your "My Documents" folder
    <LI>Then your favourites folder which is usually at Cocuments and SettingsusernameFavorites
    <LI>Normal.Dot and other word templates from the location pointed to by Word > Tools > Options > File Locations > User Templates
    <LI>Then everything in the "My Documents" and other folders of all other users of the computer
    <LI>Then for EVERY program that you use find out where it stores information and make sure you back that up. For example if you run Outlook 2003 then back up your data file from the location you can find at File > Data file management... > Settings[/list]If you let us know what programs you run then people here may have suggestions of other locations you need to check.

    When you have located all your data files it can be a good idea to move them all to locations that are easier to manage. So that you can have a simple backup strategy that locates them all. TweakUI can move many things for you, including My Documents and Favorites.

    StuartR

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