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How To Backup Windows XP To A CD Disk

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Written by Keith Meyers   



The best way that you can safeguard your important information and data on Windows XP is by performing periodical back ups and copying your files to a CD disk. You will need to use the CD/DVD writable drive on your computer to be able to back up and copy your files on a CD-RW disk. The “CD Writing Wizard” in Windows XP can safely copy your important information and data to a CD disk. Make certain that the files you plan to back up are less than 700 megabytes.

Instructions

Step 1:

Open the CD/DVD writable drive on your computer and place a blank CD-RW disk in the drive.

Step 2:

Double-click “My Computer” on your desktop and click on the “CD-RW” drive to open it.

Step 3:

Click the symbol that looks like a minus sign (“-”) on the upper right corner of the window to minimize it. Then double-click “My Computer” again on your desktop.

Step 4:

Locate the file path for the Windows XP files and folders that you want to back up. For example, you may want to back up the following files on your computer: “C:\Documents and Settings\User\My Documents\”, “C:\Documents and Settings\User\Favorites\”, and “C:\Documents and Settings\User\Desktop.”  

Step 5:

Hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and click on each file name, to highlight more than one file at a time that you want to back up. Click “Edit” on the menu bar and select “Copy” from the drop-down menu list.  

Step 6:

Click on the “CD-RW” drive icon located on your Taskbar to reopen and maximize the window.  Click “Edit” from the menu bar and select “Paste” from the drop-down menu list. When you have copied all of the Windows XP files that you want to back up, click the “Write Files To CD” button. If the size of your files are larger than 700 megabytes, you will need to choose groups of files within a folder to back up on the CD-RW disk, because it can only store about 700 megabytes of data.   

Step 7:

Press the “Next” button when you're prompted. Follow the “CD Writing Wizard” for burning the Windows XP files on a CD-RW disk. Select “Finish” when the “CD Writing Wizard” is done burning the files and copying them on the CD-RW disk. 

Step 8:

Double-click the CD-RW drive to make certain that all of he files that you selected were copied to the CD disk. Remove the CD-RW disk from the CD/DVD writable drive. Use a permanent marker to label the CD-RW disk and store it in a safe place for future use.

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