Backing up your information
Successful recovery after a system failure depends on whether you have completely backed up your
files. You should create your initial backup immediately after software setup. As you add new software
and data files, you should continue to back up your system on a regular basis to maintain a reasonably
You can back up individual files or folders to an external hard drive (purchased separately).
When to back up
On a regularly scheduled basis.
Before the device is repaired or restored.
Before you add or modify hardware or software.
Store personal files in the My Documents folder and back up this folder regularly.
Back up templates stored in their associated programs.
Save customized settings that appear in a window, toolbar, or menu bar by taking a screen shot
of your settings. The screen shot can be a time saver if you have to reset your preferences.
To copy the screen and paste it into a word-processing document:
Display the screen you want to save.
Copy the screen image:
To copy only the active window, press
To copy the entire screen, press
Open a word-processing document, click Edit > Paste.
The screen image is added to the document.
Save the document.
Backing up using the Windows Backup utility
To create a backup using the Windows Backup utility, follow these steps:
Be sure that the device is connected to AC power before you start the backup process.
The backup process may take over an hour, depending on file size and the speed of the device.
Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Backup.
The Backup or Restore Wizard opens.
Click Back up files and settings, and then click Next.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
Chapter 11 Backup and recovery