How to Backup Data
This page will walk you through backing up your data using either Roxio CD Creator, Windows XP or a USB device. *In order to backup your data using any of these methods, you must have either a CDRW drive and blank CD or a USB device.*
Roxio Easy CD Creator:
- Open Roxio Easy CD Creator's Classic Creator.
- First, you must select your source. This can be done from the drop down menu next to the option for Select Source. For example if you wish to backup your My Documents folder, select My Documents from the drop down menu.
- You will now see your files appear in the window underneath the Select Source drop down box.
- You are now ready to add files to the CD. Simply select the files you wish to add to the CD from the upper window, and then click the arrow below. Continue adding files until you are done or until the data project size has filled the disk you are going to be using. If you wish to select files from an alternate location, simply select that location from the drop down box (see step 2). You can place files on the CD from as many different locations as you need. In the example below a single folder was selected from the top box, the below arrow was pressed, and then the folder appeared in the lower window. The lower window shows all items that are going to be copied to the CD. At the very bottom of the below image you can see that the folder that was copied was 346.25mb and there still is 356.7mb left on the CD.
- Once you have added your files to the CD you are ready to burn the disk. To burn the CD press the round orange button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
- Once you have pressed the record button, a second screen will appear and ask you some questions about how you wish to burn the CD. The most important question on this screen is the speed of the burn. The default speed is the max speed of your CDRW drive. If you have trouble with the burn timing out or not finishing, lower this speed down a notch or two by selecting a different speed from the drop down box.
- Once the record has finished, a screen will pop-up indicating that the burn is complete. Click Finish/Close to end the session.
- If you are using Windows, and have a CD Burner, put a blank CD in the CD Burner.
- Next, open the CD Burner by double clicking on My Computer or Computer. Once My Computer opens just double click the icon for the CD Burner.
- Now, there should be a open window that has nothing inside of it.
- Locate the files you wish to burn to the CD. For example if the files are in My Documents, open the My Documents folder.
- Drag and drop the files you wish to copy from their location on your machine to the CD.
- Once you have all the files you want to copy on the CD, right click the CD and select, Writes These Files to CD.
- Next, a screen will appear and ask you what you want to name the CD. Name the CD anything you wish then click Next to begin the burn.
- Once the burn is complete, you will get a window indicating that the process has finished. Just select Finish to end the burning process.
- Plug your USB device into a USB port on your machine.
- Your machine should flash up a message in the bottom right hand corner of the screen that says a USB device has been detected.
- Once your machine has finished detecting the new hardware, the device will appear under My Computer.
- Double click the USB device to open it.
- Depending on whether the device has ever been used before or not, you may see files on the USB drive, or the drive could be empty.
- Locate the files you wish to place on your USB device. For example if the files are in My Documents, open the My Documents folder.
- Drag and drop the files you wish to copy from their location on your machine to the USB device.
- Once the files finish copying, you are done.