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Backing Up with Windows XP

Backing Up with Windows XP

As I mentioned in Chapter 16, Windows XP provides built-in CD burning capabilities for data CDs as well as audio CDs. If you are using Windows XP, you can back up your project files to CD using the following procedure:

  1. Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc into your CD recording drive. If Windows XP opens a CD Drive window, just click on Cancel.

  2. In Windows XP, choose Start > My Computer to open My Computer (see Figure B.4).

    Figure Figure B.4. Use My Computer in Windows XP to select your project files.


  3. Double-click on the hard disk icon and navigate to the location of your project files. Then select the files that you want to back up.

  4. On the left side of the window, you’ll see a section called File and Folder Tasks (see Figure B.5). Click on Copy This File (for single files) or Copy the Selected Items (for multiple files).

    Figure Figure B.5. Choose the appropriate option in the File and Folder Tasks section.


  5. In the Copy Items dialog box, select your CD recording drive and click on the Copy button.

  6. A balloon message will pop up in the Windows XP taskbar with the message “You have files waiting to be written to the CD.” Click on the balloon to open a new window for your CD recording drive (see Figure B.6). The right side of the window will list the files to be burned.

    Figure Figure B.6. The CD Drive window lists the files to be burned.


  7. On the left side of the window, you’ll see a section called CD Writing Tasks. Click on Write These Files to CD to open the CD Writing Wizard (see Figure B.7).

    Figure Figure B.7. Use the CD Writing Wizard to burn your files to CD.


  8. Enter a name for the CD in the CD Name field, and then click on Next. Windows XP will burn your file to the CD.

  9. Follow the remaining prompts and click on Finish when you are done.


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