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 or if you do not own a USB external CD or DVD drive, then there are instructions on the link shown above for installing Redo on a USB stick.

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

The size of the USB hard drive you’ll need depends on the amount of used disk space on your computer.  For example, if your computer has a 1 TB hard drive with 300 MB of free space, then you'll need an external USB drive capable of storing at least 700 MB.

Backup Instructions

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 speed of 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).  Total Space minus Free Space equals Used Space.

[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 drive(s).

TIP:  If you're using a dedicated USB drive for backup purposes, consider reformatting the USB drive prior to each backup.

[4] Insert the CD containing the Redo Backup / Restore software in the computer's internal or external optical drive.

[5] Reboot the computer from the CD containing the Redo Backup / Restore software.

Note: If you are not familiar with booting from a CD, then watch the below video.

[6] After the computer boots and the Redo software completes its startup, then follow the onscreen prompts.

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 Instructions

Restore using Redo Backup / Restore

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 speed of the external USB hard drive.

[1] Insert the CD containing the Redo Backup / Restore software in the computer's internal or external optical drive.

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

[3] Boot the computer from the CD containing the Redo Backup / Restore software.

Note: If you are not familiar with booting from a CD, then watch the video shown above.

[4] After the computer boots and the Redo software completes its startup, then follow the onscreen prompts.

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.