You should backup your important files to an external storage media, such as DVD/CD-ROM disks or an external hard drive, on a regular schedule. In the event of a problem with the PC, the latest backed files can be restored to the original PC or another PC using one of the following methods. When you perform the regular backup, be sure to document where the files were stored and which file belonged to which software program or application.
To learn more about how to backup your files so that they can be restored to another computer or the same computer that has been upgraded, see HP Notebook PCs - How to Back up User Files.
Most programs give you the option to restore the files either to their original locations or restore all the files to a folder of your choice. Restoring the files to a single new folder allows you to review the files and decide which files you actually want to save and which files you can discard.
If you are not familiar with the backup and recovery program, consult the software manufacturers’ Help files for more specific instructions.