Its now easier to do backups in Windows 7 than in any of the previous versions of Microsoft’s aging desktop operating system.
Simply open any folder containing the data you want to backup (folder “A”) and click “copy address” in the toolbar. Close that folder, open the destination folder (folder “B”, which should be on either an external drive or another partition), and either right-click any empty part of the window and hit “paste”, or hit Ctrl+v.
The contents of folder A will then be copied over into folder B. It’s just the old copy and paste, but easier once you have the routine.
It won’t suit everyone, of course, but its ideal if you just want to backup generic folders like “My Documents” or “My Photos” for example.
It would have been a whole lot clearer if they’d said “Copy this folder” instead of just “copy address” which doesn’t make much sense. Why Microsoft had to make it so non-intuitive I’ll never know!