I have read in the Internet some pundits recommending buying of special software for "more reliable" backup of your system, implying that the Backup Utility that comes built-in in Windows XP is not good enough.
Put a checkmark in the box before "Always start in wizard mode" (it is the default) and click Next. Hence there is discrepancy on backup file name (date) and also time taken to complete the backup.
For ordinary home users like you and me, Windows built-in Backup Utility is good enough in my humble opinion. Unless you purchased and installed special hardware like backup tapes or external hard drive etc., you will most likely see the following message first. In the event you want to backup "everything", your external hard drive's capacity should be same as your computer's hard drive.
If you want to see this message everytime you open the Backup Utility, don't put the checkmark - just hit OK. The backup utility automates the process once it is told exactly which files and folders need to be backed up. The other, and in my opinion most convenient, alternative is to use the USB flash drives to backup files. The rest of the tutorial will walk you through the process of using the Windows XP Backup Utility (Backup Wizard) using a flash drive having suffiently large capacity (say, 32 GB or 64 GB). In the next dialog box (Figure 5) Windows shows the location where you have chosen to save the backup files and it wants you to type a name for this backup. Backup usually takes some time and the length of time obviously depends on what or how much you are backing up.
When you see the above backup complete notice, you may just close that window, and you are done.

If your computer crashes, the backups created by Windows XP Backup Wizard can be used to restore all your data in a repaired or new computer.
To initiate a Bare Metal Recovery on a computer with no operating system you have to restore (or write) your backup data to an external drive.
Once the computer is restarted, you will find a computer in the same conditions like there were on the source computer on the moment of Bare Metal backup plan run.
This entry was posted in CloudBerry Backup Blog, How-To Guides, Products Blog and tagged Backup, bare metal recovery, CloudBerry, system state backup on March 3, 2014 by Alexander N.
You just need to set it up once and leave your computer running on the days and time that you have chosen for the backup. But if you do, it is a good idea to buy an external hard drive and attach it to your computer to backup your system.
So for the benefit of average home users, I shall discuss in this chapter how to use the Backup utility in Windows XP to backup your documents and settings. Your Windows XP Backup Utility (Backup Wizard) will tell you if you need to insert another flash drive. You may ask, backup is basically making duplicate copies of your data so that if the original is lost, you can use the copy. The whole point of backing up is, in the event your computer (hard drive) crashes, you do not lose your files or documents. You could put something like Backup or Stored Files or anything suggestive of what it is and it is a good idea to put the date when this backup was made. Choose whether you want to run this restore plan just once or to save the plan for futher using. Subsequent backups usually takes less time unless you have added to the list of things to be backed up.

Therefore, the only wise thing to do is to create and save the backup files in a removable drive and keep them at a separate place, outside your computer.
In other word's, if your computer has a hard drive capacity of 500 GB, your external hard drive for the purpose of backing up should also be 500 GB. Furthermore, if restoration of the files becomes necessary, the wizard or the software can do it much faster and accurately, putting back every file where it belongs.
If you are curious like me, you can click on the Report button, and Windows will show you the details of the backup that you just performed (Figure 9). You can restore to a specific location only, no original location for these types of backup. To run a restore plan immediately on the end of the backup plan setup, check "Run backup now" box. In case you want to make changes, you should hit the Back button and make the necessary changes. I would say, for an average home user, backing up once a month sounds reasonable though many people do backup once a week.
If you use the same removable drive for subsequent backups, Windows will only re-write the files that have changed and leave those alone which have not changed. True, but for backup purposes we are making copies of hundreds or even thousands of files that are in our computer.

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