Within Windows you will find Help on numerous topics including
backing up, or making a security copy, of your software. It is vital to
maintain a discipline of regular backup of your data. Power cuts or
hard disk failure are just two reasons.
Your operating system or applications e.g. word processing software,
can be simply reinstalled from your master floppy disks or CDs. The
files you have created would be lost permanently.
Copy your data files to floppy disks, or use proprietary utilities
designed to do software backups, such as the one in Windows. Do
this regularly and then keep the back-up in a safe place. It is good
practice in a busy office, to perform a back-up regularly using two or
more sets of disks, rotated for safety.
There are several companies that manufacture backup units,
accompanied by dedicated software, some of which can backup your
complete hard disk two or three times over on to one small tape
cassette, in a comparatively short time. These are mostly used in
networked office environments, but there are more simple, economic
versions designed for personal or home use.
Copying pre-installed software
A disk imaging utility may be included with pre-installations of
some software and operating systems. It will be found within the
'Apricot' group. This allows you to create installation disks from
disk images pre-installed on the hard disk. See the utility's on-line
help for more information.
Any copy you make of pre-installed software must be used only as a back-up
copy, in case the pre-installed version is lost or needs re-installing or
reconfiguring. In particular, you are not allowed to use installation diskettes
created from disk images to install the software onto another computer. This is
an infringement of the terms of the licence agreement.
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