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Friday, February 24, 2012

Take data backups with built-in tools(Windows XP)

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              Backups are very important to you, but you do not want to install additional software. You would rather use the tool included with XP but just cannot seem to fi nd it.
              Microsoft has upgraded its backup tool. Open the ‘Backup and restore wizard’ dialog box via the Start menu with the command ‘Start | Programs | Accessories | System programs | Backup’
              If you do not want the stepwise guide through the wizard, you can disable the ‘Always start in wizard mode’ option. Click ‘Next’ to go to the next page and click ‘Back’ to return to the previous step.
              In the next dialog box, define whether you want to ‘Take backups of fi les and settings’ or want to restore them. You can then select from four options as to which data and settings should be included in the backup. In the third step, you can use the ‘Search’ option to define the storage location and then enter a backup name in the next field.
               You then see a summary of the check of all specifications on the next page. You can also reach there by clicking the ‘Advanced’ button. In the next dialog box, you now have the option of selecting the backup type ‘Copy’, ‘Incremental’, ‘Differential’ or ‘Daily’ via a combination fi eld, thus changing the basic setting ‘Normal’. The special features for the relevant selected type can be seen in the ‘Description’ field underneath. If all settings are OK, start the backup by clicking the ‘Finish’ button.
               In order to import a backup into the system later, select the option ‘Restore files and settings’ option on the second page of the wizard and then select the required backup file from the directory and folder structure on the next page.
NOTE: In the Home Edition of Windows XP, the backup tool is present on the installation disc but is not installed by default. It is on the setup CD in the folder ‘Valueadd\Msft\Ntbackup’. You can start the installation by double clicking the fi le entry ‘ntbackup.msi’. Unfortunately, the backup solution under Windows XP has some more limitations: If you run Ntbackup, the automatic system restoration (ASR) is not supported and on taking a backup on CD-RW, you cannot directly specify the device as destination. These are glitches that have no solution. For more information, refer to the ‘ReadMe.txt’ fi le in the folder specified above. Basically use at least Service Pack 2 for problem-free operation of Ntbackup – better still, SP3.


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