can back up data to a Zip disk in a number of ways. If you only have
a few files or folders to back up, one of the easiest is to "drag
and drop" the
files or folders you want to back up from your hard drive to the
you have less than 250MB of data you want to back up, but you need
to back up more than a few files or folders, you can use the Windows Backup utility
to do so. This utility comes with Windows 98, 2000, and XP computers.
instructions outlined here are based on a Windows XP computer. If you
have a different version of the Windows operating system, these instructions
may not work exactly as they are outlined here. For example, the images
of dialog boxes or windows may look slightly different.
to use the Windows Backup Utility to Back Up Data to a Zip Disk
- Click Start in the lower-left corner
of the computer's desktop.
- Click All Programs | Accessories | System
Tools | Backup.
You should see the Welcome to the Backup or
Restore Wizard dialog box that looks similar to the following:
- Click Next.
You should see the Backup
or Restore dialog box that looks similar to the following:
- Click the radio button in front of the Back
up files and settings option.
- Click Next. You should see the What
to Back Up dialog box that looks similar to the following:
this point, you have a number of options about the data
you want to back up. For example, you may want to back up the data
in your My Documents folder.
- Click the radio button in front of the My
documents and settings option.
- Click Next. You should see the Backup
Type, Destination, and Name dialog box that looks similar
to the following:
can now specify the location (and thus the type of medium) to which you
will back up the data.
the Choose a
place to save your backup field, use
the drop-down arrow to select the location/medium
to which you will back up the data. For example, as shown in the
dialog box above, the individual has inserted a Zip disk into her
to back up her data to the 250MB Zip disk in the E: drive
on her computer.
If your computer has a CD-RW drive and you have more than 250MB of data to
back up, you can back
up your data to a CD if you prefer.
- Under the Type a name for this backup field,
type a name for the backup data file.
may already have a naming scheme for back up data (e.g., mydocs904,
as shown in the dialog box above, indicates a back up
of the data in the My Documents folder in September
2004). If you do not already have a naming scheme, create one that
defines what the data is and when it was backed up.
- Click Next. You should see the Completing
the Backup or Restore Wizard dialog box that looks similar
to the following:
the information in this dialog box. If it is correct, click Finish.
Your data will be backed up to using file name that you created in
the previous steps.
If the information in this dialog box is not correct, click Back to
change the option(s) you want to correct.