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Backing Up Your Old Windows 7

Listener Anthony in Mississippi wants to know if he can back up his Windows 7 to an external drive

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Anthony asked: “I want to know if I can backup Windows 7 to a Seagate backup Plus 2TB external hard drive.”

Yes, you can use an external hard drive to back up Windows 7.

Windows 7 has a built-in backup tool that will create a full image of your computer as it is today onto CDs, DVDs, or USB drives. To access it, go to the Control Panel and look for System and Maintenance, there you should find Backup and Restore, and on the left pane an option to create a system image. Clicking on that should let you create an image of your system as it is today, and you should have the option to save it onto your external hard drive.

If you are talking about making a system image backup that you’d restore in the event of a hard drive failure, be sure you also have some kind of additional bootable media.

Either a bootable DVD or a bootable USB drive should work. If you have an original Windows DVD, that will be bootable. To make a bootable USB drive, there are manual steps you can follow free or there are utilities you can download.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

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