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Platinum Edition Using® Microsoft® Windows® XP by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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Backup for Safety

The last major part of taking care of your hard drive is ensuring that your data is fault tolerant by means of properly planned and performed backups. There are five types of backup that you can perform on your systems, and although they are pretty much common knowledge, they deserve a quick review before we move on.

  • Normal backup— Copies all selected files and marks each file as having been backed up (the archive attribute is cleared). Only the most recent copy of the backup file is required to perform restoration.

  • Incremental backup— Copies only those files created or changed since the last normal or incremental backup; the archive attribute is then cleared. Using normal and incremental backups, you will require the last ...

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