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Windows XP in a Nutshell by Troy Mott, Tim O'Reilly, David A. Karp

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Backup — \windows\system32\ntbackup.exe

Synopsis

Backup (copy) files from yourhard drive to a tape drive, second hard drive, or other removable storage device for the purpose of safeguarding or archiving your data. (Backup is included with Windows XP Professional only.)

To Open

Start Programs Accessories System Tools Backup

Command Prompt ntbackup

Description

Microsoft Backup works by creating a backup set — a collection of selected files to be backed up to a removable storage device. This backup set, along with all the selected options available in Backup (e.g., data compression, password protection, error report listing, etc.) are known collectively as a backup “job.”

To begin creating a backup job, choose the Backup tab and use the familiar Explorer-like two-pane view to navigate through your folders. Click on the checkbox next to a file to select it for backup; click the checkbox next to a folder to select it and all of its contents for backup (see Figure 4-10). A blue checkmark appears next to each folder or file to be backed up; a gray checkmark appears next to each folder name with only some of its contents selected.

Choose the drives, folders, and files you wish to back up by placing checkmarks next to them in the Backup Utility

Figure 4-10. Choose the drives, folders, and files you wish to back up by placing checkmarks next to them in the Backup Utility

When you’re done selecting files, choose Job Save Selections to save your selections into a .bks file.

Next, choose a ...

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