The Backup and Restore utility in Windows 7 provides a method for backing up your work to a separate location, such as a flash drive or an external hard drive. Part 1 of this series guides you thru the basic method of backing up your personal data.
|Setting up a Windows 7 Backup|
By selecting Let Windows Choose, default user folders for All users should get backed up as shown here in Review your backup settings. While this tends to make the backups somewhat larger, if you are unfamiliar with backups, and want a simple, reliable backup, this default will grab all files you save in the Library and Documents folders.
|Missing a Scheduled Backup|
If you remove the external device (the external hard drive or flash drive) that you are using to back up your files, you will see an error in your backup software: Windows cannot find the disk or network location where your backups are being saved. Your backup will fail until you reconnect the external disk.
Video: Backing up and restoring your computer
Back up your files
Restore files from a backup
Restore your computer from a system image backup
Back up and restore: frequently asked questions