Using the Windows Backup Program 376
Configuring System Protection Options 393
Rolling Back to a Stable State with System Restore 398
In the Unabridged Edition of Murphy's Law, you'll find an entire chapter of corollaries that apply to computers in general and your important data files in particular. Murphy says, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." That's certainly true of hard disks, where it's not a matter of whether they'll fail but when. When a disk crashes, it's usually impossible to recover your data without spending a small fortune at a data recovery service.
Even if your hardware never lets you down, human error can wreak havoc with data. You can press the wrong key and inadvertently delete ...