So you made a backup. Now what? What do you do with it?
I wrote a few weeks ago about creating a simple backup in Windows XP. The article is at:
The result of the backup is one HUGE file. Having all of the data in one file is very simple and easy to manage!
You can also restore the ENTIRE PC if you want. OR, although the backup creates one large file, you can actually restore any part of the back up.
It is really easy. Let me show you how I restore a folder I deleted a few days before.
Open the Backup and Restore Wizard.
Click on Restore files and settings.
Choose the Backup ID (date and file name) that want to restore from. Remember that you can restore all or any part of the file!
Double click on the Backup ID and it will open up like a regular directory. You can see that i have my data and System State. I just want a folder that was on the Desktop so I will go and find it.
I click on folders until I get to Documents and Settings>tdaleo and then I see the Desktop folder.
I double click on the Desktop folder and then see all of the folders that were on the Desktop the day of the backup. My folder was in one of those folders.
I check the box of the folder I want to restore. This is way too easy.
You can see that the Backup will be restored to its original location and replace the files that are there now.
I will click on Advanced to show you your other options.
You could restore this to another location if you want.
Click on Next.
You could leave the existing files or replace them. Your choice!
Click on Next.
I would not suggest changing security or volume data! Click on Next.
You are ready to restore. Click on Finish.
The restore process is very quick. My backup file is on a USB drive.
196 MB restored in 29 seconds. Very fast!
All done. So simple. Thank you Microsoft.
See you next Tuesday,