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Setting up a backup in Windows 7

Here at Four Corners Computer Center we deal a lot with Data Recovery. It is not a matter of if your hard drive fails it is a matter of when. Hard drives fail and that is just the nature of it. As a matter a fact I would say hard drives are probably the number one thing we replace in computers. Most of the time when  hard drive fails there is still a way to rescue the data and salvage your files before it completely goes out. The best solution though is to have a scheduled backup put in place so you don’t have to worry about losing those important documents on your computer. Below you will find a walk through on exactly how to setup a scheduled backup in windows 7 home premium. Don’t have Windows 7? No worries we have you covered. Setting up a backup in Windows 8. or 8.1

To back up your files

  1. Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Windows Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security, and then clicking Backup and Restore (Highlighted below)How to setup a backup in Windows 7
  2. If you’ve never used Windows Backup before, click Set up backup, and then follow the steps in the wizard.  If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. If you’ve created a backup before, you can wait for your regularly scheduled backup to occur, or you can manually create a new backup by clicking Back up now.  If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.2 Backup up or restore your files

4. After Clicking on Set up backup you will need to choose your external media / hard drive from the list. Four Corners Computer Center does have a great selection of External Hard Drives to choose from just come on down we can get you exactly what you need.

3 Select External HD you plugged in


5. Choose your choice of media and click next:

4 Backup Options from Backup and Restore


6. Probably best to leave it at “Let Windows Choose (recommended)”  After you create your first backup, Windows Backup will add new or changed information to your subsequent backups. If you’re saving your backups on a hard drive or network location, Windows Backup will create a new, full backup for you automatically when needed. If you’re saving your backups on CDs or DVDs and can’t find an existing backup disc, or if you want to create a new backup of all of the files on your computer, you can create a full backup.

5 Let me choose Default Windows Selection

7. If you do decide to select: “Let me choose” you will see the following screen above and you can select other folders from Local Disk(C:) and or you can even choose to “Include a System image of drives: System Reserved, (C:)

8. Click Next and “Backup now” give it sometime, probably a couple of hours the first time it runs… After that the next backup just backs up anything that has been added or changed. The next time it runs it will run pretty fast, usually less then 30 minutes.

Four Corners Computer Center • February 14, 2015

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