Backup Instructions

Backup Instructions

Apple OS:  If your computer is a MAC, then backup software is already installed.  Therefore, you simply need to attach a USB hard drive of the same (or greater) capacity as the MAC’s internal drive, and then setup Time Machine.  Below is Apple’s link for setting-up Time Machine. The size of the USB hard drive you’ll need depends on the size of the internal hard drive in your computer.

Apple Time Machine Page

Windows OS:  If your computer is running Microsoft Windows, you will need three items to create a full image backup.

[1] Backup / Restore software.

Redo Backup and Recovery is a free and very easy to use backup / restore utility.

It can be downloaded from the link shown below.

Redo Backup and Recovery Download Page

[2] A blank CD or DVD to hold the Redo Backup and Recovery software.

After downloading the 269 MB ISO in Step [1], use that file to create a bootable CD or DVD.  Afterwards, that CD or DVD can be used to boot your PC when either creating a backup or restoring a backup.  If your computer does not have an internal CD or DVD drive, there are instructions on the link shown above for installing Redo on a USB stick.

       [3] A USB Hard Drive to back the backup all the files from your computer.

The size of the USB hard drive you’ll need depends on the size of the internal hard drive(s) in your computer.  I have a HP laptop with a 1 TB drive, and my wife has a Dell laptop with a 1 TB hard drive.  I use a single 2 TB Seagate Backup Slim Portable Drive to hold the backup of both systems.

Backup using Redo Backup / Restore

Note: I recommend creating a backup at least once a month.  Be advised that creating a full back usually takes several hours, depending upon the amount of data to be copied, the speed of the computer, and the external USB hard dive.   Consequently, I suggest running this backup procedure overnight.

[1] Prior to rebooting, check the amount of used space on the computer's internal hard drives(s).

[2] Connect the USB Hard Drive that will be used to store the backup data, and then check the amount of free space on that device.

[3] Ensure the amount of free space on the USB drive exceeds the amount of used space on the internal drives.

[4] Insert the Redo CD in the computer's internal optical drive.

[5] Reboot the computer and immediately hold hold the letter "C" on the keyboard.  This will cause the computer to boot from the CD.

The rest is simply a matter of following the onscreen displays.

NOTE:  If you have more than one physical internal hard drive, then you'll need to run Redo once for each drive.  The program only backups-up one physical drive at a time.

 

Restore using Redo Backup / Restore

Note: Hopefully, you'll never need this procedure, but the whole point of creating a backup is to have the capability of restoring files if needed,  Be advised that restoring a full backup will completely erase all of the existing data on the computer's internal hard drive.  Additionally, restoring a full back usually takes several hours, depending upon the amount of data to be copied and the speed of the computer and the external USB hard drive.

[1] Insert the Redo CD in the computer's internal optical drive.

[2] Connect the USB hard drive that was used to backup the computer.

[3] Boot the computer and immediately hold hold the letter "C" on the keyboard.  This will cause the computer to boot from the CD.

[3] Connect the USB hard drive that was used to backup the computer.

[4] Reboot the computer and immediately hold hold the letter "C" on the keyboard.  This will cause the computer to boot from the CD.

The rest is simply a matter of following the onscreen displays.

NOTE:  If you have more than one physical internal hard drive, then you'll need to run Redo once for each drive.  The program only restores one physical drive at a time.