Creating Backups with a My Book World NAS

by on August 29, 2007

An Into Tomorrow listener submitted the following question!

Q: I have a Dell desktop running Windows XP home edition. I also have a My Book World 500 GB external hard drive. I know how to run a backup and I know how to copy individual folders to the external hard drive. Can I copy my whole hard drive by itself to the external hard drive? If so, how do you do it?

A: It is definitely possible to back up your entire hard drive to your My Book World Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. According to the Western Digital site, your drive ships with a version of the Retrospect software tailored specifically for use with your drive. Retrospect is a well-regarded application used to create scheduled backups of your hard drive. Follow the directions provided with your drive to register it and to install and configure the Retrospect software. It will allow you to configure a backup of specific folders or entire drives on your system, and it will also allow you to schedule differential backups which just copy files and folders that have changed since the original backup.