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Using HP Easy Backup

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This document pertains to HP and Compaq PCs.
This document explains how to use HP Easy Backup to create restorable backups of your important computer files, and how to restore a file or an entire folder.
HP Easy Backup creates a full backup the first time you run the program, storing all the files you specified. Subsequent backups store files that changed or are new since the last backup.
You can schedule automatic or period backups, or backup anytime with one touch of a button.
Store the files to an external hard disk drive, a second internal hard disk drive, a networked drive or a CD/DVD discs. HP recommends using an external drive, such as an HP Pocket Media Drive or HP Personal Media Drive; using CDs or DVDs can require multiple discs and requires more time to complete the process.
NOTE:HP Easy Backup backs up personal files. It does not backup encrypted files or folders. It does not backup operating system files or applications.

Backing up files the first time

  1. Make sure the computer is turned on and is not in a sleep/suspend mode.
  2. Connect an external storage device, or place a blank CD or DVD in the CD/DVD drive.
  3. To start the back up:
    • Press the HP Easy Backup button on the front of the computer.
      Figure 1: HP Easy Backup button on the front of the computer
      HP Easy Backup button
      1 - HP Easy Backup button on the front of the computer
      Or
    • Click Start , All Programs, PC Help & Tools, and then click HP Easy Backup.
    The HP Easy Backup window opens.
  4. Click Backup Settings.
    Figure 2: Backup Settings
    Window: HP Easy Backup
  5. In the drop-down menu, select where you want to back up your data (for example, HP Pocket Media Drive), and click Next.
    CAUTION:Do NOT select FACTORY_IMAGE! Doing so can cause the backup to fail and will break the system recovery function.
    Figure 3: Selecting the backup media
    Window: Selecting the backup media
  6. Select the disks to include in the backup, and then click Next.
    If you have more than one hard disk drive, select the hard disk from which you want to choose data to save (for example, you might want to save files only from your C: drive).
    Figure 4: Which disks do you want to include in the backup?
    Window: Which disks do you want to include in the backup?
  7. Select which file types you want to back up (pictures, music, e-mail, etc...), and then click Next. For information about which file type is being saved, roll the mouse pointer over each file type in the list. Information appears to the right in category details.
    NOTE:HP Easy Backup backs up personal files. It does not backup many encrypted files or encrypted folders. It does not backup operating system files or operating system applications.
    Figure 5: Which files do you want to back up?
    Window: Which files do you want to back up?
  8. Select the schedule for automatic backups:
    • How often (daily, weekly, or monthly)
    • Which day of the week
    • What time of day
    NOTE:Regardless of when the backup is scheduled to occur, a scheduled automatic backup starts only when the computer is fully powered on - not in sleep or standby mode - and the storage device is in place.
    Figure 6: How often do you want to create a backup?
    Window: How often do you want to create a backup?
  9. Click Save settings and start backup.
    If prompted to format a CD or DVD, click Yes.
  10. Backup begins.
    NOTE:HP Easy Backup performs a full backup the first time you run the program, storing all the files you specified. To save time subsequent backups stores only files that changed or are new since the last backup.
    Figure 7: How often do you want to create a backup?
    Window: How often do you want to create a backup?
  11. A message lets you know that backup was successful. Click Close.
    Figure 8: Clicking Close in the success screen
    Close button
  12. If using a CD or DVD, label the backup media clearly, and store it in a safe place.

Automatic backups

When you set up a schedule for backups by following the steps in the previous procedure, HP Easy Backup runs automatic backups as specified, as long as your computer is fully powered on—not in sleep or standby mode—and your storage device is in place.
After the first full backup, each subsequent backup stores files that changed or are new since the last backup.
When HP Easy Backup starts, it displays an announcement screen. You can click Cancel to stop the backup.
Figure 9: HP Easy Backup screen when an automatic backup begins
Window: Your automatic backup is about to begin.

Manual backups

To perform a manual backup, do the following:
  1. Turn on the computer.
    NOTE:Pressing the HP Easy Backup button only works when the computer is fully powered on - not in sleep or standby mode - and the storage device is in place. Backup does not start if the computer is in a standby, locked, protected screen saver, or suspended state.
  2. Connect an external storage device, or place a blank CD or DVD in the CD/DVD drive.
  3. To start the back up:
    • Press the HP Easy Backup button on the front of the computer.
      Figure 10: HP Easy Backup button on the front of the computer
      HP Easy Backup button
      Or
    • Click the Windows Start button, All Programs, PC Help & Tools, and then click HP Easy Backup. Click Backup Now.
  4. The backup begins.
    When HP Easy Backup starts, it displays an announcement screen. You can click Cancel to stop the backup.
    Figure 11: Your automatic backup is about to begin
    Window: Your automatic backup is about to begin.

Restoring your files

HP Easy Backup allows you to restore files or folders from a previous backup. Because the HP Easy Backup data is encrypted when it is stored, you must use the HP Easy Backup Restore function to retrieve a file or folder.
CAUTION:Using the restore function replaces files on your hard disk drive when the files have the same file name and are placed in the same location. If you wish to save any current file, copy the file to another location on the hard drive, such as a new folder.
  1. Connect the storage device with your backup files to your computer, or insert the backup CD or DVD into the CD/DVD drive.
  2. Click Start , All Programs, PC Help & Tools, and then click HP Easy Backup.
    The HP Easy Backup window opens.
  3. Click Restore Your Files.
    Figure 12: Restore Your Files
    Selection: Restore Your Files.
  4. Select the backup file source to restore from, and then click Next.
    Figure 13: What do you want to restore?
    Window: What do you want to restore?
    A window opens to select the files or folders to restore.
  5. Click Add files, Add folders or click Search to search for the items to restore.
    Figure 14: Selecting to add files or folders
    Window: Restore Files
    Figure 15: Example file list for Add files
    Window: Add files to restore
    Figure 16: Example folder list for Add folders
    Window: Add folder to restore
  6. Select a file or folder, and then click Add.
    A window opens listing the files that were chosen.
  7. Click an Add button to add additional files or folders, or click Next if you are ready to restore.
    Figure 17: Select the file and folders to restore
    Window: Select the file and folders to restore
  8. Select where on your hard disk drive to save the restored files, and then click Start restore.
    Figure 18: Where do you want to save the restored files?
    Window: Where do you want to save the restored files?
    Figure 19: Example screen when browsing to a location to save the restored files
    Window: Browse for folders
    A screen displays when the restore is successful.
  9. Click Finish.
    Window: Success

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