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How to back up or restore My Documents in Windows XP?

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Back up or restore My Documents.


Sony suggests that user should save the data in the folders before backing up My Documents.
If user saves the files into My Documents directly, please save them by category, which will make the backup process more efficient.

The following is an example to illustrate copy the My Documents folder to Backup folder on Disk D.

How to create Backup folders on Disk D.
  1. Double-click My Computer.

    If the operating system is Windows XP, please click Start, and then click My Computer.

     

  2. When My Computer appears, double-click Local Disk (D:).

  3. After clicking the File menu, click New, and then click Folder.

  4. Create a folder.

  5. Right-click the new folder, and then point to Rename.

  6. Then type Back up for the folder.


Please refer to the steps below.


■ How to back up My Documents?
■ How to restore My Documents?



How to back up My Documents?

Copy My Documents folder in which saved data or image files of Excel.
Please refer to the steps below.
  1. Click Start, and right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.



  2. When My Documents Properties appears, click Find Target... in the Target tab.



  3. After selecting My Documents, right-click My Documents, and then select Copy.



  4. Click Start, and then click My Computer.



  5. Double-click My Document(D:), and then double-click Back up folder.

  6. Click Edit, and then select Paste.
    Note: Do not select Paste Shortcut.




    My Documents has been copied to Back up on Local Disk(D:).



    Please open My Documents in Back up folder to check if the data is saved.

    Note:
    When the document is only 1MB, user may select Paste Shortcut.
    Please confirm whether the shortcuts appear and check the size of the document.

    The pictures below show the icons of shortcuts and original files or original folders.

    normal icon+ shortcut icon

     








How to restore My Documents?

Please refer to the steps below to restore My Documents saved in Back up on Local Disk(D:).

The steps depend on whether there is data saved in My Documents.

There is data saved in My Documents.
There is no data saved in My Documents.




There is data saved in My Documents.

Note:
If there is data saved in My Documents, after backing up My Documents, the folders will be covered and the data saved will disappear.
Open the My Documents folders that have been backed up, and then restore the data in folders.

Set an example as My Pictures to show how to restore the documents here.
  1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.


     

  2. Double-click Local Disk(D:), and then double-click the Back up folder.

  3. Double-click My Documents.


     

  4. Double-click My Pictures.



  5. Click Edit, and then select Select All.



  6. Click Edit, and then select Copy.



  7. Click Start, and then click My Documents.



  8. Double-click My Pictures.



  9. Click Edit, and then select Paste.

    Note: Do not select Paste Shortcut.



    Note:
    When the document is only 1MB, user may select Paste Shortcut.
    Please confirm whether the shortcuts appear and check the size of the document.

    The settings have been completed and My Pictures has been restored.
    When user wants to restore other data on the computer, user can also refer to those steps




There is no data in My Documents.
  1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.


     

  2. Double-click Local Disk(D:), and then double-click Back up.



  3. Double-click My Documents.

  4. Click Edit, and then select Select All.

    Make sure all the files and folders in My Documents are selected.



  5. Click Edit, and then select Copy.



  6. Click Start, and then click My Documents.



  7. Click Paste in the Edit menu.
    Note: Do not select Paste Shortcut.



    Note:
    When the document is only 1MB, user may select Paste Shortcut.
    Please confirm whether the shortcuts appear and check the size of the document.

  8. When Confirm Folder Replace appears, click Yes to All.