Creating a Thorough Backup
To create a more thorough backup, we’ll use the Advanced Backup Wizard. This wizard makes it fairly easy to define what exactly you want to back up and includes options to back up the system state.
Note: When you back up the system state, you back up the boot files, system files, the Registry, and other important data.
To use the Advanced Backup Wizard to back up anything or everything on your computer, including the system state and Registry, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and click Backup.
2. If the Welcome To The Backup Or Restore Wizard opens in Advanced mode, you’re good to go. If the utility opens in Wizard mode, click the link to start Advanced mode.
3. From the Welcome tab, click the Backup Wizard (Advanced) button.
4. If prompted, click No to clear any previously configured backups, and in the Welcome To The Backup Wizard page, click Next.
5. In the What To Back Up page, you can choose Back Up Everything On This Computer; Back Up Only Selected Files, Drives, Or Network Data; or Only Back Up the System State Data. If you select the second choice, you’ll be prompted to choose folders before you can continue. If you choose either of the other two choices, the Backup Wizard will continue as described in step 6.
6. In the Backup, Type, Destination, And Name page, choose the backup type, browse to a place to save your backup, and type a name for the backup.
7. In the Completing The Backup Wizard page, verify that the information is correct and click Back to change anything that is not. To complete the wizard and begin the backup, click Finish.
8. To set advanced options, click the Advanced button and work through the remaining pages. The Advanced button allows you to select a backup type, which is detailed in the following section. You can also decide if you want to append the data to an existing backup or not and whether to perform the backup now or later.