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When it come to backup and recovery, Automate IT can create a robust data backup solutions to ensure the safety of your data. With your important data or business critical application at stake, it is important to make sure you have a proper backup procedure in place. Below are some basic backup procedure found on the internet to help with data backup of your system. If you need a more sophisticated personal or business backup solution, contact us!

Before you can back up important information on your computer, you must install the Backup utility. The Backup utility is included on the Windows XP Home Edition CD.
Note If Windows XP Home Edition was preinstalled on your computer and you do not have the original Windows XP CD, contact the computer manufacturer or visit the manufacturer's Web site for more information. You can also use backup software that you purchase separately.
To install the Backup utility from the Windows XP CD:1. Insert your Windows XP CD into the CD drive or DVD drive of the computer.
2. Click Exit.
3. Locate the CDDrive:\ValueAdd\Msft\Ntbackup folder on the CD.
4. Double-click Ntbackup.msi to install the Backup utility.
5. When the Backup or Restore Wizard prompts you, click Finish.
6. Remove the Windows XP CD.
Now that you have installed the Backup utility, you are ready to back up your important information.

To back up your files and folders, follow these steps:

Note In order to back up files and folders, you must be logged on to the computer as an administrator or as a user who is part of the Administrators group. To verify that you are logged on to Windows with a user account that is a computer administrator, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Note The following steps explain how to use the Backup utility to back up your files and folders manually. You can also use the Backup and Restore Wizard to back up your files and folders. However, the steps will be slightly different from those that are listed in the following section.

Step 1: Start the Backup utility
1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. Type ntbackup.exe in the Open box, and then click OK.

Step 2: Select items to back up and select the location for the backup file
1. Click Advanced Mode.
2. Click the Backup tab.
3. On the Job menu, click New.
4. Select the check boxes next to the drives that you want to back up. If you select specific files or folders, expand the drive where these files or folders are located. Then, select the check boxes for the files or for the folders that you want to back up.
5. Select the System State check box that is located under My Computer in the navigation pane.
6. If the Backup destination list is available, click the backup destination that you want to use.

Step 3: Start the backup
1. Click Start Backup to open the Backup Job Information dialog box.
2. Under If the media already contains backups, do either of the following:◦ If you want to append this backup file to previous backup files, click Append this backup to the media. This option adds the new backup to the existing backup file so that you can maintain all previous backups in one file. This option is useful if you ever want to restore a backup from a specific day. Be aware that the size of the backup file will grow with each new backup. You might want to monitor the file size to make sure that it does not fill up your hard disk over time. If the file becomes too large, you might consider saving the file to an external hard disk. Or, if you are concerned about the file using too much hard disk space, select Replace the data on the media with this backup instead.
3. Click Advanced.
4. Select the Verify data after backup check box.
5. In the Backup Type box, click the kind of backup that you want to create. For a description of each backup type, click the backup type and the description appears under "Description." You can select any of the following backup types:
◦ Normal
◦ Copy
◦ Incremental
◦ Differential
◦ Daily
6. Click OK, and then click Start Backup. A Backup Progress dialog box is displayed, and the backup starts.

Step 4: Exit the Backup utility
1.When the backup is complete, click Close.
2. On the Job menu, click Exit.