Backing Up — detailed step by step

  1. Connect your backup external drive: connect to power, turn it on, connect your USB cable from the external drive to any available USB port on your computer
  2. If your computer has USB 3, and you connect to one of those ports, the backup will take much less time.  You can usually tell which are USB 3 because the plastic insert in the computer port is blue
  3. Open a window displaying the contents of your external drive
  4. Make the window into a window, not full screen, but half or less of the screen
  5. Move the external drive window to the right side of your screen
  6. Click Computer
  7. Make that window into a window, not full screen, but half or less of the screen
  8. Move the window to the left side of your screen
  9. Check to see how much of your external drive is in use. You can see it in your left window. Your external drive will have a letter like E, F, or G, or other.  It will not be C or D.  Your internal main hard drive is C:
  10. If you need more space in your external drive, delete oldest backup.  Look at the size of your last backup to judge how much you will need.  You can see how much space your last backup required by right-clicking on it and choosing Properties
  11. In your right window, click New Folder (along the top) and type a name for the folder like  your name – today’s date (e,g, Lloyd’s backup 06-02-2020)
  12. Open that folder
  13. In the left window, list the contents of Drive C:.  Simply double click the C: item
  14. You are now going to select some folders to be copied from the left window to the right window
  15. Click the following (list after this) by clicking once on the first folder, hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard, Click the next and the next until you have selected all that will be copied.  Release the Ctrl key
  16. The folders you need to copy: Drivers, Lloyd’s stuff,  yourname Mail, Dell ( if that folder exists), any other folders that you created that you want to backup
  17. Point your mouse on any one of the now selected folders in the left window, hold the RIGHT button down, drag the mouse (and the folders) from the left window to the right one somewhere where there are no folders, or on the top title bar in the right window, let go of the button, choose COPY
  18. You will now wait a bit while this copying takes place.  Click more, and you will see estimates of the remaining time, but those estimates may vary quite a bit.
  19. When that is complete, double-click Users in the Left window
  20. Click your name  (if there are multiple accounts on your computer, the following will have to be repeated for each of them)
  21. Click the following (list after this)  by clicking once on the first folder, hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard, Click the next and the next until you have selected all that will be copied.  Release the Ctrl key
  22. The folders you need to copy: Desktop, Downloads, Intel, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos, and any other folders that you created that you want to backup
  23. Point your mouse on any one of the now selected folders, hold the RIGHT button down, drag the mouse (and the folders) from the left window to the right one, let go of the button, choose COPY
  24. You will now wait a bit while this copying takes place

Assuming you use Windows Live Mail

  1. Open Windows Live Mail
  2. On the bottom left of that window, click the third icon, contacts
  3. In the Contacts window, click Export, Comma Separated Values
  4. Click Browse and find your external drive and the folder for today’s backup.
  5. Click make new folder
  6. In the File name box, type yourname contacts today’s date
  7. Click Save
  8. Click Next
  9. Make certain there is a checkmark in every box, select every contact item in the list
  10. Click Finish
  11. Wait for that to finish
  12. Click the first icon on the bottom left – Mail
  13. Click the  on the top left of the window
  14. Select Export mail, email messages, Microsoft Windows Live Mail, Next
  15. Click Browse
  16. Find your external drive and the folder you created for today’s backup
  17. Click Make New Folder
  18. Type yourname backedup mail today’s date
  19. Click OK
  20. Click Next, Next
  21. You will now wait a bit while this copying takes place

Backup Google Chrome Bookmarks

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click the 3 vertically aligned dots in the top right corner