Creating Backups on Windows

Thousands of memories in the form of photos and videos, a endless collection of your favourite music and all that time you spent creating various spreadsheets for random reasons. Imagine all of those disappearing from your computer without a trace.

Previously I have already given out the advice about saving your work every 5 minutes and it is something that cannot be stressed enough.

Backing up your files is something I suggest you do either after a large upload of photos/music/videos from personal devices such as phones or camera, or at least once every month. Below are the simple steps you need to follow in order to back up your files correctly on a Windows operating system but before you get started, I recommend you back up your files on an external storage device such as a pen drive or external hard drive.

Windows 7

  • Click the Start button at the bottom left hand corner.
  • In the search bar, type Backup then click Backup & Restore.
  • Click Set up backup.
  • Choose where you would like to create the backup. (Ideally on to an external storage device.)
  • Choose what you would like to backup, you can either do this yourself or let Windows decide. If you let Windows decide, it will back up all data files, all files inside the Libraries, desktop files and it will also create a Windows image which can be used to restore your computer if it stops working.
  • If you would like to set up a backup schedule then this can be done via this method.
  • Click OK and your backup will begin.

Windows 8

  • Press the Windows key Start icon on your keyboard.
  • Type File History and click Settings.
  • Click File History.
  • Choose where you want the back up to save to and click turn on. (Ideally on to an external storage device.)

File history will create a back up as you go. It will make a back up of your data files and anything in your library. It will not create a backup of the system, if you wish to do that too then you can follow the above method for Windows 7.

Windows 10

  • Press the Start button Start icon on your keyboard.
  • Select Settings > Update & security > Back up
  • Choose Add a drive – This is where you will save the back up to. (Ideally on to an external storage device.)

This will back up everything stored in your user area (C:\Users\username). If you wish to change what is backed up, then click more options.

If you have queries regarding backing up your files then please do get in touch for free support.

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