The basic input/output system (BIOS) in your motherboard is one of the most critical components of your system. It is a small piece of software that tells your motherboard's hardware how to interact with your peripherals, add-on cards and operating system. Should your Phoenix BIOS get erased or become corrupted, though, your system will be instantly rendered inoperable. Backing up your Phoenix BIOS can protect you against a BIOS failure and save you lots of time and hassle in the future.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- BIOS Access
- Floppy disk (optional)
- USB drive (optional)
- Windows BIOS backup software
Place a floppy drive in your PC's disk drive. If you decide to back up your BIOS to a flash drive, place it in an easily accessible USB port.
Reboot your PC and access your BIOS. This is usually done by pressing the "Delete" key at the Power on Self Test (POST) screen. Access methods vary from motherboard to motherboard, so consult your owner's manual for specifics.
Locate the "Advanced Features" or "BIOS Options" header in the BIOS. If neither of those are present, explore each heading until you find an option similar to "BIOS Backup" or "BIOS Export." Select it and press "Enter."
In the dialogue, select the drive that your backup media is in (flash or floppy) and press "Enter." Wait for the process to complete. Press "F10" to save your settings and reboot your PC.
In The Bios
Point your web browser at your motherboard manufacturer's website. Locate their support section and download their BIOS backup tool.
Place a floppy disk in your disk drive or a USB drive in an easily accessible USB port.
Double-click the downloaded program file to launch the backup program. Follow the prompts and select the drive where your backup media is located. Click "OK" and allow the process to complete.
Tips and warnings
- Be sure that you have a reliable power source when dealing with your BIOS, as a power outage could permanently damage or corrupt your BIOS.
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