This is the fifth time I have addressed backing up your data in the Computer Corner. In fact, the first Computer Corner I wrote back in December 2003 was on backing up your data. It is such an important subject though because so many computer users who would be devastated if they lost their documents, music and pictures do not bother to back them up. This time I will be covering the backup utility that is included in the new Windows 7.
First of all, you need to figure out what you will backup to. I recommend that you connect an external hard drive to your computer via a USB cable. For the rest of this article, I will assume that you have one.
Open the Backup and Restore utility from the Start menu. You can simply open the Start menu and type backup to find it. Now click on Set up backup on the right side. Now select your external drive from the list and click Next.
Now you get to choose what to backup. You can let Windows decide of you can select Let me choose and click Next which will let you select the folders you want to backup. In either case, you will end up at the Review your backup settings screen. Here you can click the Change schedule link near the bottom of the screen. Set the frequency and times of your backups then click OK.
Now click Save settings and run backup. Your backup will now launch.
There are other options in the Backup & restore utility for creating a system repair disk, creating a system image and for restoring files from your backup, but what we have covered here should be enough to get you started.