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How to set up automatic windows backup
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Mean Times Between Failure (MTBFs) have improved dramatically in the past several years for all hard drives, and so has data capacity. But no matter what the statistics are, hard drive failures still occur, be it from regular wear-and-tear or power outage. Let's not forget the possibility of a nasty virus intrusion as well! The amount of data you could lose increases proportionally the larger your hard drive is, so does your risk. Since you never know when a failure may occur, you should always keep your important data backed up.

The best variant is to have a second hard drive to back up to, and use “Windows Automatic Backup” feature available in Business and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista. To do so, please follow the steps outlined below.


1. Type “Backup” in the search bar and it should be the first option available:


 Click on “Backup Status and Configuration”.


2. Simply click on “Set up automatic file backup” when you are running the Backup Status and Configuration for the first time.


Click on “Backup Status and Configuration”.



3. Pick where you wish to put the back up. For an external hard drive, it usually shows up as E: on a regular configuration.



Pick where you wish to put the back up


4. In this screen, you can pick the type of files you want to back up. Please be advised that some less common file types are not backed up. Click on the “What other file types are not included in the backup?” link to find out more.



5. Normally, a weekly schedule would be sufficient. However you can adjust your backup schedule depending on your habits.



6. You can see that you back up is in progress and running in the background! Depends on the sizes and the number of files currently in your system, it could take from a few minutes to a couple of hours. However you can still use your computer as normal.



You can also check on the progress and see what files it is currently working on by clicking on the “Back up Files” tab.



And once it is done, you will be greeted by this screen, which indicates that you now have completed your first set of back up and your data is now much safer than before!


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