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You are trying to do a backup, not a restore
What you are doing is to try and do a backup of your complete system now, after all these years of using it. Sure, that is going to take quite a few DVDs since the regular single sided DVD holds about 5GB and your computer might easy be holding 20 to 50 times that much.
But what it sounds like what you think you want to do is a restore of your old computer, like the day it was new. If you do that then you will LOSE ALL of your current files. So a complete backup first is not out of the question. But you don't have to use the backup procedure built into Windows. You could just as easily (perhaps even more easily) just copy all your wanted files (pictures, songs, movies and documents) onto some USB massive external drive and then just do the complete restore to the original machine.
When you do the restore you then should install all the up-to-date security fixes, get a reasonable security software package, install all of your wanted programs, then re-install all of your files again.
Sure it is a lot of work. Next time don't wait so long to do backups.
As for doing the restore there could be one of three ways to get to that procedure.
One) if the computer came with Restore disks, good, use them. Or,
Two) if the computer required you to create your own Restore disks, then use them or create them and then use them. Or.
Three) Some Dells have a special hidden portion of the hard drive that you use a special key sequence when you are just booting up. Pressing those keys will get you to the procedure and prompting to re-image all the initial files back to the regular area of the drive.
Note: any one of those three procedures usually (not always, it depends upon how they make it happen) will wipe out all the files you have placed on your computer since it was new. So again, back up somehow all the files you believe you need before doing any restore.
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