Needless to mention how important is the backup in this unpredictable digital era. Windows operating system provides an in-built method to back up your system files as well as the data stored in the multiple partitions of your hard disk. You can back up your important files and data by following an older method introduced in windows 7. This method was abolished in windows 8.1 and later re-introduced in windows 10. Windows 10 came with another backup technique called the File-History method.
Backup with File-History method
Press the windows+I keys on the keyboard that will open windows settings. Now click on Update & Security to open various security options. From the left sidebar, click on Backup. In the first method using file history, you need to add an external drive. So, connect the USB drive to the computer system and click on Add-Drive.
Once you add the drive, you need to click on some other options. In the backup options, you can schedule the timings of backup from various pre-defined frequencies that include 10 minutes, 1 hour, 8 hours, daily, and much more. You can also set the time duration for which this backup will run. You have the options of forever, number of years, number of months, or until space is available on the external drive.
You can also customize the folders by adding them to the list for which you want to back up.
Backup by using the Backup & Restore method
Just below the file-history method, you will find another backup option visible as the “Backup and Restore” method (windows7). You can also move directly to Backup & Restore in the control panel.
So the first step is to click on Setup Backup
In the next step, you have to choose the destination where you want to save your backup file. It can be either partition on a local drive or a drive on a network location if you working in a network environment.
After you have chosen the destination folder, it’s time to select the type of backup. Yes, there are two types to choose from.
The first backup type is “let windows choose”. This method will back up all the desktop files, libraries, and windows folders. Apart from this, it will also create a windows system image which will be very handy in case the Windows get corrupted. You can easily restore Windows from this system image. Press next and click on “save settings and run backup” from the next screen.
You can also schedule this backup according to your convenience and the availability of free space in the destination folder. The options include daily, weekly or monthly basis and you can set a specific day and time to start the backup.
The other type of backup you can select is “Let me choose”. Here you can select and de-select various types of files from the data-file list. You can include any number of folders or files of your choice. You can also remove the backup of the system file from the list on this screen. As in the earlier backup type, you can schedule the backup in this method also.
You can easily restore the windows and other data files by clicking on “select another data to restore files from”. In the list that follows, you just need to select the particular backup to restore your lost files.
Create Automatic Backup in Windows 10 to Save Data
Windows 10 offers a very handy feature to backup up not only the system files but also the files or folders from the storage device. Scheduling the backups at your convenient time, and saving the backup at a network location or external drive are other features that need a mention here. Windows 10 offers a single-click recovery to restore your windows settings, drivers, and also your vital files.