In this article I will show you step by step instructions how to backup your laptop or PC using windows backup and restore utility. Before backup instructions lets talk about important features of automatic backup.
First of all I will talk about the benefits of automatic backup. It is automatic so when you update your files, they will be automatically backed up i.e. only updated content will be added to the backup. You will have one copy of your data on your computer and other on the external hard drive. Your backup will be available to you even if the Internet is not available. Your confidential files will be stored on your own device instead of someone else computer online
This local backup won’t cost you anything except the one time cost of your hard drive which means you don’t have to pay for online backup service every month. You have the most secure setup now because if one device (your computer or laptop) has problem, you will have second copy on your other device (external hard drive). Mostly when user sign up for online backup they have to accept an agreement which clearly state that, they will not be responsible for any accidental loss of data.
Here are some more advantages of backing up to an external hard drive. Data transfer rate is fast even if your Internet is slow as it has nothing to do with Internet. You can move with your data on the external hard drive if you want. You don’t have to look for Internet access while you are traveling. If your computer crashes or if you have to reformat your computer, you can easily transfer your data back to your computer without Internet access. You can schedule your backup i.e. you can tell the computer when and what to backup automatically. With automatic local backup your data is not at risk. Automatic backup is available in both operating systems i.e. in Windows and Apple OSX. I will discuss in another article, how to setup an automatic backup in Macintosh operating system. This will cover all Apple computers including MacBook Pro, iMac, iPad, iPhone etc.
You probably won’t need a data recovery service as you would have two copies of your data. What you need in order to setup automatic backup? First of all one external hard drive (500GB, 1000GB or above as per requirement). The rule of thumb is, let say your computer has a 500 GB hard drive then a 500 GB external is more than enough. For a 1TB computer hard drive, you may choose a 1TB (1000GB) external hard drive. Second a computer or a laptop. Here is how to set it up. First of all connect your external hard drive to your computer. Click on start menu and click on “control panel”. In control panel double click on “backup and restore” icon. This will open a new wizard. Now click on “Setup Backup” located in the right upper corner of the wizard. This will open a new window titled “Select where you want to save your backup”. In the list as shown below, you will see your external hard drive. Select your external hard drive and click next. You will then see the next window as shown below.
In the above window, you can see the question “What do you want to backup?” If you have problem what to do, just select the first option and click next. This will backup all important folders on your computer and it will also clone the whole drive into one file called image. It’ kind of two types of backups in one shot. If you want to keep the backup size small and help computer to do it quickly instead of copying some unnecessary data, you can select the second option (“let me choose”). When you click next it will give you a screen where you can uncheck unnecessary items and choose your required folders to be backed up as shown below. Now review your setup as you can see in the below window. Whatever option you select click next. For images please visit the following link.
In this article, I explained how to setup your laptop or desktop to take automatic backup so that in case of accident you don’t lose your data.
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