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Chapter 21. Using Backup on Windows XP > Hardware Can Make a Difference

Hardware Can Make a Difference

Some previous versions of Backup in Windows only allowed you to back up to a supported tape drive. In Windows 2000 and now in Windows XP, backups are created as a single file that can be stored on any drive accessible by Windows. This includes tape; CD-R (recordable); CD-RW (rewriteable), Zip, hard, and floppy disks (if you happen to have a few hundred lying around). They can also be stored on a shared folder on a network and even in a folder on the Internet.

For the most part, backing up to all of these devices works the same way (although Backup does have some special features for working with tape drives); you just select the drive as the place to store your backup file when you run the backup. Nonetheless, each type of device has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few tips for using different types of backup media:


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