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For Seniors: How to Back Up Computer Files

You’ve put a lot of work into creating your computer files, so you’ll want to remember to back them up. If you back up your computer files, if your computer is damaged or loses data, you’ll have a copy safely tucked away.

You can also back up to a network or another drive by using the Back Up Your Computer link in the Control Panel. Using Windows Backup, you can make settings to regularly back up to a local disk or CD-R/RW/DVD drive, or to a network. Backing up to a CD/DVD is a little different from burning a disc in that after you back up your files, only changes are saved each subsequent time a backup is run.

To back up your computer files:

  1. Place a blank writable CD-R/RW (read/writable) or DVD-R/RW in your CD-RW or DVD-RW drive and then choose Start→Documents.

    The Documents window appears.

  2. Select all the files that you want to copy to disc. Right-click the files that you want and then choose Copy To Folder.

    If you want to back up the entire contents of a folder, such as the Document folder, you can just click the Documents folder itself in this step.

  3. In the Copy Items dialog box, click the CD-R/RW or DVD-RW drive and click Copy.

    Your files are copied.

  4. Click the Close button.

    The Document window closes.

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