Use Advanced Mode

Instead of using the Backup or Restore Wizard, you can back up "manually' with the Advanced mode. As shown in Figure 13-3, the Advanced mode presents a four-tab interface, and one of the tabs really doesn't count. This is also the way you would run the Automated System Recovery, which will be discussed in a later chunk.

Figure 13-3. You can use Advanced mode to back up manually.

More significant about the Advanced mode is that it allows you to set advanced backup options. These options let you specify what type of backup to create (discussed later as well), whether to verify the data after the backup, whether to replace the backup files or append them to exiting backups, and when to run the backup. It also lets you schedule a backup job, which is highly recommended.

To get started, click the Backup tab, and using the Explorer-like interface, make your backup selections. At the bottom of the Backup tab, use the Backup Destination list to choose the backup's destination.

For advanced backup options, start with the Tools menu and click Options… You get the five-tab dialog box shown in Figure 13-4.

Figure 13-4. The Advanced Backup Options.

Even when using the Advanced interface, you can start a backup job with just a few clicks. Notice that you don't even have to leave the Backup tab to start the job.

What About Backing Up to a CD?

Yes, you're asked where to place your backup, but, no, backing up directly to a CD is not an option. (There's an exception, but it's not worth the bother. Trust me.) Nevertheless, you can easily copy your backup to a CD using the CD Writing Wizard in Windows XP. This is also where third-party CD-burning software can come in handy and could even serve as your backup solution. If you want programs that back up directly to CD, many can be found at

Spring Into Windows XP Service Pack 2
Spring Into Windows XP Service Pack 2
ISBN: 013167983X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 275
Authors: Brian Culp © 2008-2017.
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