Using the Backup utility does not require you to have any special equipment, but it does require you to have some place to save the backup file. This can be a second hard drive, a USB flash drive, an iPod, a network drive, or it can be on your own hard drive. If you use your own hard drive to save the backup, you’ll need a CD or DVD burner to copy that backup file for safekeeping. With that in mind, the first step in configuring (and getting to know) the Backup utility is to open it in Advanced mode:
1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and click Backup. If you use Windows XP Home Edition, skip to step 2 to install this utility. If you use Windows XP Professional Edition, move ahead to step 3.
2. If you have Windows XP Home Edition, insert the Windows XP Home Edition CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive. Browse to the \VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP folder and double-click the Ntbackup.msi file. Run the wizard. Return to step 1 to open the application.
3. If the Welcome To The Backup Utility in Advanced Mode opens, you’re good to go. If the utility opens in Wizard mode, click the link to start Advanced mode.
4. Click the Backup tab, and on the Job menu, click New.
5. In the Backup Destination area, you can save the backup either as a file or to a tape device (if one is available). File is selected by default, and if no tape device exists, no options will be given.
6. Refer to the next article to decide what type of backup to perform and how to select the required folders. Once the folders are selected, you can either set advanced options (also detailed) or simply start the backup.