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Chapter 9. Protecting Your Data > Understanding Microsoft Backup

Understanding Microsoft Backup

Compared to floppy disks, hard disks have many advantages. Hard disks are faster, have larger storage capacities and root directories, support multiple partitions, and never require a disk swap. A file on a hard disk can be many times the size of a file on a floppy disk. Commands such as COPY and XCOPY enable you to keep a few duplicate files on a floppy for backup purposes, but DOS provides a pair of special programs specifically designed for the big jobs: Microsoft Backup (MSBACKUP.EXE) and Microsoft Backup for Windows 3.x (MWBACKUP.EXE).

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Starting with Windows 95, Microsoft has moved to a graphical backup program. The version of DOS that is installed with Windows 9x does not include the command-prompt backup utility.

For more information on using the Windows 95/98/ME backup utility, see Que's Special Edition Using Windows 95, Special Edition Using Windows 98, or Special Edition Using Windows Millennium.



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