Backup runs in several stages. First, it scans your computer to look for files that are new or that have changed since the last time you ran Backup. Next, Backup shows you the file types that are currently included in your backup. (You can make changes to this list or add other files and folders.) Then Backup prompts you to insert a disc into your disc burner to start the backup. The Backup Wizard then prepares your files, compresses them, and copies the files to one or more writeable CDs or DVDs.
Yes, you can. If you have an external hard drive (A removable hard disk that connects to your computer by means of a USB or Firewire connection.) for backing up your files, your files can be backed up automatically during Tune-up. All you have to do is connect your external hard drive and then run Backup for the first time manually. On the second page of the Backup Wizard, select your external hard drive as the location where you want to back up your files, and then complete the wizard. The next time Tune-up runs, your backup will happen automatically if your external hard drive is connected.
Note that when Backup runs automatically, it uses the settings you chose the last time you ran Backup manually.
The first time you run Backup, Windows Live OneCare makes a backup copy of all your important files and folders. This is a full backup. The next time you run Backup, Windows Live OneCare compares the files on your computer to the files that are already backed up. If a file has not changed since the last backup, Backup skips it. Instead, it backs up only those files that are new or have changed since the last time. This incremental backup saves space and time during the backup process, but it also means that a specific file might be backed up on any of the discs in your backup collection (All of the backed-up files and associated data that Windows Live OneCare has stored for a computer in a given time period (usually a year), contained either on several backup discs or in a folder on an external hard drive. A backup collection is identified by the backup collection name, which contains the computer's name and the year.
) , not just the most recent one.
To ensure that you are always backing up the most recent version of your files, you should run a full backup again whenever you lose a backup disc, no matter which disc you have lost. To do this, select Perform a new full backup, or change my backup device on the second page of the Backup Wizard.
Backup automatically finds important files and folders on your computer that you should back up. If you just run Backup without making any changes to the default file types, you will probably back up most of your important files. You can click Details next to a file type in the Confirm file types page of the Backup Wizard to see which files and folders are already backed up.
By default, Backup includes all of the backup file types in your backup. Some of these file types, such as picture files and video files, can be very large. To remove a file type from your backup, clear the check box for the file type on the Confirm file types page of the Backup Wizard.
Before Windows Live OneCare backs up files to a disc, the files are compressed and kept in a secure area on your hard disk. For this process, Windows Live OneCare temporarily requires approximately the same amount of free space on your hard disk as the size of the backup itself. If you receive an error that you don't have enough free disk space, you can run Disk Cleanup to create more space on your hard disk. Or you can select fewer files at a time for backup.
Windows Live OneCare Tune-up automatically scans your computer for new or changed files and marks those that need to be backed up. When Tune-up finds a file that needs to be backed up, your computer's status changes to yellow, you receive an Action to Take notification within Windows Live OneCare, and you are notified that you have files that need to be backed up. However, you can turn off these backup notifications so that you are not notified after Tune-up runs. To learn how to do so, see Related Topics.
This might happen if you have deleted one or more files since the last time Windows Live OneCare performed a Tune-up on your computer. Because the Check your computer for files needing backup task is performed during Tune-up, there can sometimes be a difference between the status reported in the Action to Take notification and the real status of your files.
To remove the yellow Backup Action to Take notification, click Back up now, and proceed through the entire Backup Wizard, even if it tells you there are no files to back up.
All files of a particular type are backed up according to the settings that you specify for that file type, even if the files reside in a folder that you back up. For example, if you clear the Picture files file type check box, no picture files in your My Documents folder will be backed up.
Typically these errors occur if there is a problem communicating with your CD or DVD recorder or if the disc you used for the backup is damaged or has other problems. To troubleshoot your problem, see Related Topics.