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Hi i work in a engineering company who have a old pc,it must be 20 years old nearly,its a compaq deskpro 386/20e,and i need to back it up,it has procim files and .ncf files,ive tried to back it up ,ive left it over night nothing happens it has a floppy disc drive.theres is a load of data i need to back up,it looks like mds dos,and the menu is fast back plus.

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I have a customer were a similar problem, the machine is so old it will not support any new hardware and obviously the Windows version it is running will not support new software.
Because his machine is starting to fail the first thing I did was connect his harddrive to a more modern machine (XP) as a Slave and make what is known as an Image of his harddrive using Acronis True Image. Now we have a copy of the whole harddrive which can be copied onto another harddrive should the need arise like his harddrive failing.
This is great but what about the updated data? this image is only as uptodate as the day it was made. You can install a simple backup program that is not installed during the install of Windows 95,98 or ME but is available on the Windows CD.
You can find instructions here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/264541/en-us
You can download a free trial of True Image here:
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/download/trueimage/
The machine I service is set to make a backup everyday and the woman who operates the machine burns a CD of the backup files once a week. Once a month I go and make another Image of the entire harddrive again.
Bear in mind if that machine is as old as you say the BIOS will probably not support a harddrive larger than 4gigabyte and any USB ports are likely to be USB1.1, so backing up to an external harddrive will be slow. You could try installing a Slave to the machine and running True Image on the machine then creating an image on the Slave harddrive.

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