Setting up the Backup

To set up a backup in Windows 7, click/open My Computer, right-click on your local drive and select Properties.  Then click on the Tools tab and click the Back up now button.

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In the Back up or restore your files window, click the link to set up a backup.

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Windows will then search for a drive to store the backup.

“Do not back up files to the same hard disk that Windows is installed on. For example, do not back up files to a recovery partition.”

It is best to store the backup on an External Hard Drive or USB Drive.

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You can have Windows choose what to backup or you can choose which files and directories to backup.

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If you selected “Let me choose”, Select the files and folder to include in the backup.  You can select the option to create an image of your local drive.

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From here you can review the backup job to make sure everything looks correct.

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Here you can also schedule the days and times the backup occurs.

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Save the backup settings and start your backup. While it runs you can monitor the progress.

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Click the View Details button to see exactly what’s being backed up during the process.

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When the backup is complete you will see the two backup files and image folder if you created one.

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Double click on the backup file and yo can restore files or manage the size of the backups folder.

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Restore Files from Backup

If you need to go back and restore a file from a backup click on Restore my files in the Backup and Restore Center.

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Now you can browse or search the most recent backup for a file or folder your missing.

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Next you can restore them back to the original location or choose a different spot then click Restore.

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Progress of the restoration will vary depending on the size of the data and location it’s restoring from.

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