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How to Backup Windows Computer Files to External Hard Drive

When you lose or accidentally delete important files from your computer, the best way to get back them is restore a backup file. So to do that, you need to have a backup file beforehand. This article shows you 3 easy way to backup files from Windows computer to external hard drive. So you can find the important files if your computer is broken or you accidentally delete some important files from your PC.

The easiest way to backup important files to external hard drive is to copy and paste. You just need to connect your external hard drive to computer and then copy and paste all the important files from your computer to it. However, if you have too much important data you want to backup or you want to backup all the files, you need to find some better and faster way to do that. Read the following words carefully and you can learn two better way to backup computer files to external hard drive.

Backup Windows Computer Files to External Hard Drive with Backup Software

Today, I will introduce you a program you can use it to backup and recover files from your computer. It is called Data Recovery. This program can scan your computer and find all the files on it. So you can backup them to your external hard drive directly without any limitation. You can backup photos, videos, audios, emails, document and other files from your PC to external hard drive.

Step 1. Scan Computer

Free download, install and run this program on your computer. You will see the following interface.

interface

At the first section of the interface, you need to select the file types you want to backup. If you want to backup all the files of your computer, select all the types listed here. After that, select all the hard disk drive. Click “Scan” button, this program will begin to scan you computer and find all the files on it. When it finishes the first scanning, you need to do a second time scanning, deep scan. Deep scan will find more results for you including some deleted files on your computer. So you can backup all the files if you want.

scan result

Step 2. Backup Computer Files to External Hard Drive

After scanning, you will see all the files on your computer listed here. You can select any of them to backup to your computer. After selecting all the files you want to backup, click “Recover” button. This program can backup all the selected files to external hard drive.

Tips:
There will a pop-up window to ask you to select a location to backup your files. You need to select the external hard drive.

Backup Computer Files with Backup and Restore Function

Windows provides “Backup and Restore” option built in Windows OS. You can set up this function to backup any important files for you automatically.

1. Connect your external hard drive to computer

2. Go to “Control Panel” > “Backup and Restore”.

3. Select the disk you want to backup your files to. Here you need to select the external hard drive you just plugged in.

4. Select “Let me choose” option. You need to select all the important files on your computer. Then this function will backup all the selected files from your computer to external hard drive.

If you don’t have backup file for your computer and want to recover deleted files from your PC, you need to read how to recover deleted files from PC.