I have had several concerns, and
questions regarding system recovery. As you might have seen as advertised on
television how Automatic System Recovery (ASR) is available with Windows XP
users. It is a good mechanism for guaranteeing restoration of your system if
all else fails. The steps for backing up your entire system are simple once
you have done it. However there are some fundamentals you need to know in
advance that are not explained in the help program on your computer. Help is
contained in the start button under Help & Support. When you open this great
program it can just about answer any and all of your questions about your
computers operating system. The best way to get to the subject matter on hand
is typing in the search window these three letters "asr" and click on go.
Then click on "Create an Automated System Recovery set using Backup" in
the search results window. It
will bring you to this window with the following information:
What you need to know in addition to the above steps are,
does your computer have a floppy drive? Unlike PC'S 4 U some manufactures do
not provide a floppy drive for your system.
Do disk clean up, disk defragmenter
Do you have at least 20 - 30G of free space on your hard
drive or on a slave drive. Most back up devices zip drives, DVD, USB
storage drives are not large enough to hold the current information of your
system. Keep in mind that repeated back up will increase depending on
additional files and programs you add to your computer.
The default backup location is set to drive A:\ with a
browse button for you to select another location. I suggest that you make a
directory (folder) named ASR on your hard drive or slave drive to select as
the backup location.
The backup process will take one and a half hours to two
After your system is backed up it will leave your hard
drive fragmented so run disk defragmenter or some other disk keeper program.
If you ever need to use ASR to restore your
computer to the last backup date it cannot be done in a conventional manner.
The ASR program will format your hard drive(s) yes both of them if you have a
slave drive. Therefore loosing your backup information.
You will need a technician / IT person to restore
your computer and they will need the 1.44MB floppy disk created at the end of
the backup process.
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