To back up your files to an external hard disk drive:
We often have a question about how often the data should be backed up.
Generally, people who use their computers occasionally (5 hours/week or less) should be backing up their data on at least a weekly basis. If you use your computer more frequently however, (more than 10 hours/week), doing it daily is probably a good idea. Another variable is the type of data you store on your computer. If you continuously work on important data, then it becomes more important to do that on a more frequent basis.
There are a couple of options available to backup the data. We can backup data to external devices and media, or on to a separate partition (provided you have a lot of space to spare), or can also use on-line backup options provided by couple of vendors. For doing this, there are 3rd party softwares available but Windows also has it's own internal utility.
The below steps show you the steps of backing up data to an external hard drive in Windows XP using the Windows Utility.
1. Click Start--> Select Accessories--> Select System Tools--> and then click Backup.
2. The "Backup or Restore Wizard" appears. Click Next.
3. On the "Backup or Restore" page, click Next.
4.On the What to Backup page, click All information on this computer, and then click Next.
5.On the Backup Type, Destination, and Name page, click Choose a place to save your backup, and select your external hard disk drive. Then click Next.
6.On the Completing the Backup or Restore Wizard page, click Finish.
7.Windows Backup saves a copy of your files to your external hard disk drive. When the backup is complete, click Close.