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Making a Backup Copy of Your Patterns on CD:

Sometimes hard drives crash and sometimes computers get infected with viruses and other malicious bugs. In both of these cases, all of your important information is at risk of being lost forever.


To be safe from such unpleasant situations, we strongly encourage you to "back up" all of your important files at least every once in a while. In the era of CDs and DVDs, such backups cost pennies.

While one regular CD can include 700MB, some CDs can include 800MB, and a DVD can include 4GB! In summary - a lot of files. In terms of pattern collections, it's possible to burn about 500 cross stitch patterns to single CD and perhaps even more.

To burn CDs, you need to have a CD writer and appropriate software (such as the popular NERO, which comes free with most CD writers).

Good news for Windows XP users: This great operating system includes a built-in utility for burning CDs. This utility is so user friendly that it doesn't require any special "instructions" to use it. But we'll still show you the entire process.

Let's say that you want to copy a folder called "Embroidery_Patterns", that contains all of your embroidery patterns to a CD.

1. Insert a new blank CD to your CD-writer.

2. Using "My Computer", navigate to the place on your computer where your "Embroidery_Patterns" folder is stored. In our case it's on drive C:\.

3. Point your mouse cursor on this folder icon and click one time on it, using the left mouse button.

4. Check that the "weight" of the folder you're trying to copy doesn't exceed the capacity of your CD. To do this, click on the right mouse button, then click on the "Properties" option on the small menu that pops up. You will see a grey window with information about the "Embroidery_Patterns" folder, including it's size. As long as it's lower than 700MB, everything is fine. If it's larger - you should divide it's contents among 2 or more CDs, instead of burning the entire folder to single CD.

Find Folder Property

Size of Your Embroidery Patterns Folder

5. Select "Edit" ---> "Copy" on the top grey menu.

Copy the Folder

6. Navigate to the CD-writer folder, using "My Computer". It's usually called "drive F". Double-click on the drive F folder to get inside.

Navigate to CD-writer>

7. When you're inside the CD-writer folder, click "Edit" --> "Paste" on the top grey menu.

Paste to the CD-writer

Copying Embroidery Patterns Folder

8. When all files are "copied" to this temporary folder, you should see them, but their icons will be kind of vogue, not as bright, as they usually are with little blue arrows. If they look like that, everything is ok. You may begin the burning process by clicking on the "Write These Files To CD" link on the left menu of the CD-writer folder.

Write on the CD Your Embroidery Patterns Folder

9. After you click on the "Write These Files To CD" link, a window will appear asking you to give a name to your CD. Choose a significant name, such as "Patterns_June2006". Then click "Next". The rest will be done by your PC, automatically. The burning process may take between 2 and 20 minutes. This depends on the technical characteristics of your CD writer, and on the number of files you're trying to burn. The more files, the longer it takes.

Name Your CD

Writing Embroidery Patterns on the CD



When the burning process is finished, the completed CD will be ejected from your computer. Take it out and write what's in it on its front side using a permanent marker. Verify that the CD is good and then hide it to a safe place. That's it :o)



P.S.
You may want to back up all of your important folders once in a while, such as your "Favorites" folder and any other information you care about. When you create a new CD backup for certain folder, you may throw away the old, outdated backup CD.

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