What files should be backed up for a successfull backup in case of system failure

Posted on 2007-10-03
Last Modified: 2010-03-17
I wish to make a back up of system files in case of system failure. Which files should be included to do so?
Question by:maxdog1947
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    Assisted Solution


    The best way to protect your system in the case of catastrophic failure is to first make an image of the drive using imaging software such as Ghost or Acronis.  

    That way you'll be able to restore a full and working version of your system that you can then restore the backups of any changes made to.

    Good Luck,

    - gurutc
    LVL 95

    Accepted Solution

    You can use the built-in Backup utility to backup the "System State" - this should backup all files needed to restore the system if corruption occurs.  IF you are running XP Home, then you MIGHT need to google for NTBACKUP.MSI - XP Home does not install NTBackup by default - it should be on the CDs, but often, OEM (computer makers) fail to include it.  There are sites that will allow you to download and install it, then do a system state backup.

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