Help me backup my dad's computer and emails!
January 2, 2007 1:57 PM Subscribe
My dad needs help with total computer backup (particularly Outlook).
Computer in question is an older Dell model, running Windows XP. No one in our family is a computer genius. More information and particular stickyness inside.
posted by sperose to computers & internet (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My dad has been reading a lot of articles in the newspapers lately about the dangers of HDs failing and whatnot. We've had a history of failures (namely my computer, 3 drives and counting) and so it's a bit freaky. He had a severe HD failure a few years back and his solution was to take it to Best Buy and have them attempt to save as much information as they could. They burned it to CD and when he bought a new HD, he had them install it along with another HD (so under My Computer it comes up as Local Disk C: and Backup D:) where all of his backed up files from the failed HD are.
He wants to backup his files (basically only Excel spreadsheets and Word docs) as well as all his email which he reads through Outlook and his IE favorites.
How can he do this so if both the HDs fail, he has some way of getting to his files and his emails?
He's looked into using a flash drive (which is what I use to half-assedly backup my stuff, basically only important documents) but he's not sure what would be the best way. Something that is absurdly easy to understand and explain and possibly able to be completely automated would be best.
(Like I said before, no one in our family is exactly a computer genius. He hates Firefox, and believes everything that Microsoft puts out is golden, FWIW.)
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