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Getting a Good Night's Sleep: Preparing for Trouble 338 4. 5. · Schedule Task Whenever --The group below these options (the name of which depends on what you choose in the Schedule Task list; for example, Schedule Task Once) sets the specifics of the backup frequency. For example, if you selected Weekly in the Schedule Task list, you use this group to specify which day of the week you want the backup to run. The Settings tab is chock-full of options for controlling the scheduled backup job. For example, you can have Backup stop the job if it runs beyond a specific length of time, you can have the job run only if your computer has been idle for a while, and much more. I ran through these options when I discussed the Task Scheduler in Chapter 27. When you're done, click OK. Recovering Files from a Backup Job When disaster strikes (notice I didn't say if disaster strikes), you need to first get your system back on its digital feet as described in the previous section. After that's done, you can then restore your files from your backup job (or jobs). Again, you do this either by using a wizard or by hand. If you use the Backup or Restore Wizard, begin by selecting Start, All Programs, Accessories, Sys- tem Tools, Backup to launch the Backup program. (Alternatively, if the Backup window is open, display the Welcome tab and then click Wizard Mode.) Here's what happens if you enlist the Backup or Restore Wizard to do the job: 1. 2. 3. In the initial Backup or Restore Wizard dialog box, click Next. Activate the Restore files and settings option and then click Next. The What to Restore dialog box appears. In the Items to restore list, open the branch to expose the backup jobs. If you have multiple backup sets in that backup job, open the backup job branch and activate the check box beside the set you want to restore. From there, you can keep opening the branches to expose the drives, folders, and files you included in the backup job. Activate the check boxes for those items you want to restore and then click Next. Click Advanced to run through the following dialog boxes: · Where to Restore--Choose where you want Backup to place the restored files. You'll usu- ally select Original location for this. You also can choose Alternate location to put the files and folders somewhere else (to avoid overwriting newer versions of the files, for example), or Single folder to put all the files into one folder. (In both of these cases, a text box appears so that you can enter the new location.) · How to Restore--Choose whether Backup should replace existing files that have the same name. · Advanced Restore Options--You can ignore this dialog box. Click Finish. Backup recovers the files and displays a report. Click Close. 4. 5. 6. As with backing up, restoring files is a bit faster if you do everything manually. To get started, launch Backup and click the Advanced Mode link to get to the Backup window. Then display the Restore and Manage Media tab and use the following controls to set up the restore: · Expand the desired media item ...--Use this list to open the backup job and backup set you want to use, and then activate the check boxes beside the drives, folders, and files you want to restore (see Figure 28.5).