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Windows 7 Backup Guide.

Fortunately all versions of Microsoft Windows 7 include the ability to backup your computer to an external drive or DVD media. The backup and restore utility included in Windows 7, allows you to select folders and libraries to backup and set a schedule for the backup to run.

The backup utility also includes the ability to make a System Repair Disk, which is a bootable CD that can be used to repair common windows problems. The CD can be also used to restore an entire image of your hard disk drive from a backup made using the built in Windows System image function (included with all versions of Windows 7)

Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate also allow you to backup to a network location, network attached storage, or another computer on your network.

To back up your files

  • Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button,
  • Type: backup and restore
    (into the search box at the bottom of the Start Menu and press enter)

  • If you've never used Windows Backup before, click Set up backup, and then follow the steps in the wizard.

    Select your backup device (in this case an ioSafe Fireproof / Waterproof External Hard Drive)
    Click the next button
    (Note: "Save on network ..." option is only available in Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate)
    Saving to an External Hard Disk is available on all versions of Windows 7

    Set up the files you want to backup

    If you save files in other locations on your hard disk, select the "Let me choose" option and make sure you include these locations/folders in your backup.
    Click the next button

    Review Settings

    Make sure "System image" is set to included!
    Click the "Save settings and run backup" button.
    The backup will now start and run in the background.

    You can close the backup window and the backup will continue to run.

    After you create your first backup, Windows Backup will add new or changed information to your subsequent backups. If you're saving your backups on a hard drive or network location, Windows Backup will create a new, full backup for you automatically when needed.
    The backup will run as scheduled (make sure your computer is turned on at the scheduled day/time for the backup to run and that the approriate backup media is available)
    You can continue to use your computer while the backup is running.

    Create a repair disk.

    If this is the first time you have run the Windows Backup utility, you should also create a Windows Repair Disk. Click here for instructions on how to create the windows repair disk
    Note:- you only need to create the repair disk once.


    Microsoft recommends that you don't back up your files to the same hard disk that Windows is installed on and to always store media used for backups (external hard disks, DVDs, or CDs) in a secure place.
    Microsoft also recommends a storing you backup in a fireproof location.

    We recommend storing your backup on a ioSafe Fireproof / Waterproof Hard Drive
    or storing your backup offsite and rotating your backup media.


    An overview on how to use Windows 7 Backup is also available on Microsoft's Website
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