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Windows Live OneCare Backup and Restore

Data protection is made easy with the flexible Backup and Restore feature in Windows Live OneCare. This includes Centralized Backup for multiple PCs, a new OneCare feature that allows you to have only one backup device to serve up to three computers. OneCare reminds you of scheduled file backups, and can back them up automatically to centralized backup or an external hard disk drive. You can restore files from your backups to your original computer, or any other computer running OneCare.

New Centralized Data Backup

The new centralized data backup feature in Windows Live OneCare enables users to configure and monitor backups for multiple PCs (up to three per subscription) to a single location, automatically. OneCare is the only service to offer centralized backup management, providing comprehensive malware protection for your home network.

Online Photo Backup

Keep your memories safe from theft or accidental deletion by backing up your digital photos to a secure location online. Available at an additional cost, Windows Live OneCare online backup provides an additional 50 gigabytes of protection to preserve your pictures.

Back up files to external hard disk, CDs, DVDs, and more

Choosing to back up your files to an external hard disk frees you from having to keep track of whether your files are backed up. As long as your external hard disk drive is connected to your computer, Backup automatically checks to see if you have new or changed files and backs them up for you according to a schedule that you set.

If you don't have an external hard disk drive, you can back up your files to writable CDs or DVDs or to a networked PC. Windows Live OneCare can also back up files to your iPod, USB-enabled storage device, flash-memory sticks, and many other storage devices (see list below). Whichever backup method you choose, Windows Live OneCare reminds you when your files need backing up.

Restore files (even on another computer)

You can restore files that were backed up from any computer running Windows Live OneCare to any other computer running Windows Live OneCare. You can restore all the files that were backed up from the original computer or just the files you choose. With a few exceptions, Windows Live OneCare will automatically try to put the restored files in the same place they were on the original computer.

How Backup works

Windows Live OneCare Backup works in stages. You begin by configuring how you want Backup to run, and saving the configuration. The Backup will then run according to the schedule, and backup your files according to the saved configuration. You can make changes to this list or add other files and folders.

The first time you run Backup, Windows Live OneCare makes a copy of all the files and folders you choose to protect. This is a full backup. The next time you run Backup, OneCare compares the files on your computer to the files it has already backed up. If a file has not changed since the last backup, OneCare skips it. Instead, it backs up only those files that are new or have changed since the last backup. This incremental backup saves space and time during subsequent backups.

Devices you can use for Central Backup (25 GB of free space needed)

  • External hard disk drive (USB/Firewire)
  • Network share on another computer

Devices you can use for Backup

  • External hard disk drive (USB/Firewire)
  • Network share on another computer
  • Writeable CD/DVD
  • Portable memory devices like Compact Flash Card, MMC card, etc.


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