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Backing Up for the Inevitable Crash 299 Inside Tip Whenever a backup program copies a file, it turns the file's archive attribute off, indicating that the file has been backed up. (The archive attribute flags files that have been modified since they were last backed up.) If you edit the file, your computer turns the archive attribute on, indicating that the newly edited file has not been backed up. If you then perform an incremental backup, the backup program knows that it must back up this changed file. When you perform a full backup, the backup program copies all the files, no matter what the archive attribute is set to. The backup program then turns off the archive attribute for all those files. After marking your disks, folders, and files for backup, click the Next or Next Step button. Backup prompts you to choose the drive that you want to use to store the backup files. Click the icon for the drive you want to use to store the backup files. This can be a floppy drive, CD-R or CD-RW drive, backup drive, network drive, or another hard disk drive. If you're backing up to a floppy drive or a tape backup unit, make sure you have a disk or tape in the drive. Click the Start or Start Backup button, type a name for this backup, and click OK. Inside Tip To back up only selected disks, folders, and files, choose Back up selected files, folders, and drives in the first Backup Wizard dialog box. You then can mark the items that you want to back up just as in Windows 95 Backup. Using the Windows Backup Wizard Backup includes a Backup Wizard, which steps you through the backup process. If Backup is already running, open the Tools menu and select Backup Wizard to initiate the operation. If Backup is not running, choose Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Backup. Choose Create a New Backup Job, click OK, and follow the wizard's instructions to complete the operation (see Figure 31.2).