Using to Backup to an External Hard Drive

windows backup

Why reinvent the wheel or waste money on 3rd party software when Microsofts default backup program works well to an external hard drive.

You can even backup the files stored on , protecting your data twice, to be sure, to be sure.

Select the Start​  button, select Settings  > Update & security  > Backup  > Add a drive, and then choose an external drive or network location for your backups.
Backup settings page

All set. Every hour, we’ll back up everything in your user folder (C:\Users\username). To change which files get backed up or how often backups happen, go to More options.

and earlier Backup

control panel backup

Goto start-> Control Panel and select “Backup Your Computer” under “ and Security”


backup on first install ex hdd


Just by plugging in your backup device you may get prompted to “use this drive for backup” but if you do not, use the backup options from control panel as detailed above

backup location

Select the backup drive you want to backup TO (usually E: F: or higher) ….NOT C:

what do you want to backup

Allow to choose what to backup if you only have a small hard drive (40/80/160 MB) and a big external drive such 1TB or 2TB. Otherwise select “Let Me Choose“.

setup backup


Click on “Setup Backup” to choose the files you wish to backup if you are being selective.

You need to select “Document Library” , “Pictures Library” and “Music Library” as a minimum plus “Video Library” if you have sufficient disk space on your backup drive.

backup Google drive files

If you wish to backup your data, you can locate it under C: -> users -> Your Name -> . make sure just the “” checkbox is selected so as not to backup all those other unnecessary files.

change backup schedule

Now you have your files selected, you now need to tell backup when to work automatically. Microsoft backup default to every Sunday night at 7pm.

choose a daily schedule

Change this to “Daily” and a time when you know the computer will be switched on.

backup in progress


You should now see your backup in progress click on “View Details” to see the files being copied or press the “Backup Now” button to start the backup at anytime

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