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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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well. See the “Restoring Previous Versions of Files” section, later in this chapter, for
more information on Previous Versions.
Scheduling Automated Backups
As a new feature, Windows Vista is capable of automatically backing up your per-
sonal data. While you cannot use automated backups to back up system and pro-
gram files, you can use automated backups to create periodic backups of pictures,
music, videos, email, documents, and other types of important files. You can write
your automated backups to internal or external disks, CD/DVD drives, and network
locations.
When you are working with automated backups, keep the following in mind:
The computer must be turned on at the scheduled runtime for automated back-
ups to work. You cannot save backups to the system disk, the boot disk, tape, or
USB flash drives. Only files on NTFS disks can be backed up. System files, pro-
gram files, and temporary files will not be backed up.
Figure 21-5. Configuring System Restore
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When you use CD/DVD drives, you’ll need to make sure that you remove the
CD or DVD from the previous backup and insert a new CD or DVD prior to the
scheduled backup. For best results, keep in mind the size of the data you are
backing up and use the appropriate media. Most CDs can store up to 700 MB of
data, and most single-sided single-layered DVDs can store 4.7 GB of data. If the
backup doesn’t fit on one disk, you’ll need to be available to insert disks when
prompted to do so.
If you haven’t previously configured automated backups, you can do so by following
these steps:
1. Click Start
All Programs Accessories System Tools Backup Status and
Configuration.
2. In the Backup Status and Configuration dialog box, click “Set up automatic file
backup.”
3. On the “Where do you want to save your backup?” page, shown in Figure 21-6,
use the options provided to specify a backup location on a local disk, a CD/DVD
drive, or the network, and then click Next.
4. On the “Which disks do you want to back up?” page, select the disks that you
want to back up and then click Next. Only personal data is included in the
backup. System and program files are skipped.
Figure 21-6. Setting the backup location
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5. On the “Which file types do you want to back up?” page, shown in Figure 21-7,
select the types of files to back up. You can configure backing up pictures,
music, videos, email, documents, TV shows, or compressed files by selecting or
clearing the related checkboxes. Select “Additional files” to back up any addi-
tional files that do not fit in the defined categories. System files, program files,
and temporary files are never backed up regardless of your selections.
6. On the “How often do you want to create a backup?” page, shown in Figure 21-8,
use the options provided to set the desired backup schedule. The “How often”
selection list lets you choose Daily, Weekly, or Monthly as the run schedule. If
you choose a weekly or monthly run schedule, you’ll need to set the day of the
week or day of the month using the “What day” selection list. Finally, the “What
time” selection list lets you set the time of the day when automated backup
should occur. Be sure to pick a time when your computer will typically be on, and
a time that the backup process will cause the least disruption to your work.
7. To save the backup schedule and create the first backup set, click Save Settings
and Start Backup. When prompted to confirm, click Yes.
Figure 21-7. Selecting the types of personal files to back up

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