How to Make a Backup Disk for Windows 7

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Backing up your computer data is one of the most important things you should do. If your computer is stolen, destroyed in a power surge or infected with a virus, you could potentially lose all the data stored on the hard drive. Fortunately, Windows 7 makes it easy to create backup disks that contain copies of important personal data and files. You can set Windows to automatically create a backup at designated times, or you can have it create a backup at any time.

Set Up Backup for the First Time

  • Click "Start," "Control Panel," "Back up your computer" under the System and Security menu.

  • Click the "Set up backup" link to open the "Set up backup" wizard.

  • Select your CD/DVD drive from the "Backup Destination" list.

  • Click the "Next" button.

  • Mark "Let Windows choose" to have Windows automatically backup files on your system. Mark "Let me choose" to select which files you want to backup.

  • Click the "Next" button to go to the Review window.

  • Verify your backup settings are correct. If you want to change the automatic backup time, click "Change schedule."

  • Click the "Save settings and run backup" button to start the backup process.

  • Insert a disc in your CD/DVD drive when prompted.

Subsequent Backups

  • Click "Start," "Control Panel," "Back up your computer" under the System and Security menu.

  • Click the "Back up now" button to start the backup process.

  • Insert a disc in the CD/DVD drive when prompted.

Tips & Warnings

  • The backup process will take several minutes.
  • You should use a DVD for backups, especially if you have a lot of files you want to keep.

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