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Summary

The Backup utility provided with Windows XP is a powerful tool, easily up to the task of backing up a professional workstation. It includes the ability to back up and restore an entire computer, specific files on a computer, files in shared folders on a network, and the system state (Windows settings and Registry information) for a computer. Backup also provides the ASR feature, which creates a backup of Windows settings and a floppy disk that can be used to boot your computer and restore those settings in an emergency.

When planning a backup routine for your computer, you should first decide what files you want to back up and how often the backup needs to happen. You should then decide on backup hardware appropriate to your situation. When running backups, the most important thing is that you be regular and consistent. Like most plans, a backup plan is only as good as its execution.


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