We have been receiving a lot of email lately about the information apocalypse, which deals with the internet crashing or the internet disappearing completely. While we doubt that this will ever happen, some people want to be on top of things in case this ever does. We don’t blame you! Yes, people want a backup of the internet. This may sound like a joke, but, it’s for real.
What good is the internet if it disappears? It’s not like anyone is archiving the entire internet as we speak. That’s why we have written this quick guide on how to back up the internet with the beginner in mind. Before we get started, make sure you have the necessary items to complete this task. You will need a computer, an internet and some floppy disks.
First, you will need to get to the command prompt. The command prompt was made specifically for backing up the internet. It doesn’t do much else. You can reach the command prompt by clicking the start button and selecting run. When the run screen comes up, type cmd. If you are not using Windows 2000 or XP, you can find the command prompt or MS-DOS prompt under the program menu.
The command prompt will be a black screen. If you have made it this far, you’re almost halfway there! Don’t give up! Now, we need to get into the C drive or make sure we are there already, so, type c: and press enter. Place a floppy disk in your floppy drive. Now, type the following in the prompt.
backup.exe /all -internet a:
This will begin the backup onto floppy disks, you are all finished! Floppy disks are the most efficient place to store plenty of data, that’s why we used them for the backup of the internet. Just make sure you insert a new floppy disk after a few minutes or so. I recommend every 3 minutes since the computer will not warn you that the disk is almost or completely full. This tutorial will work only for Windows.
The good news is if you use a Linux, Unix or Sun operating system, you don’t have to worry about backing up the internet because it already comes preinstalled on each machine! Unfortunately, Macs can’t access the internet at the moment, but, Apple is apparently working hard on that item. I hoped this helped and you are well on your way to having your very own backup of the internet!