Windows XP Professional Backup Utility
The Windows Backup Utility can help create a copy of the information on a hard drive and copy it to a file or to a tape. In the event that the original data on the hard drive is accidentally erased or overwritten, or becomes inaccessible because of a hard drive malfunction, the copy can be used to restore lost or damaged data.
When data is backed up to a file, a file name and a location for the file to be saved must be designated. Windows Backup Utility files usually have the extension .bkf, but it can be changed to any extension. A Windows Backup Utility file can be saved to a hard drive, a floppy disk, or to any other removable or non-removable media on which files can be saved.
When data is backed up to a tape, a tape device must be connected to the computer. Tapes are managed by Removable Storage. Although the Windows Backup Utility works together with Removable Storage, Removable Storage might have to be used to perform certain maintenance tasks, such as preparing and ejecting tapes.
To successfully back up and restore data in Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional, the appropriate user rights and permissions are required, as described in the following list:
To start the Windows Backup Utility, follow these steps: