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How to Backup Your Computer to an External Drive

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Losing any important files is like bad dream for anyone. No one feels what actually happens when they lose data till actually it happens. Backup is an easy thing to keep with you and to do is also easy. If you don’t have till now then get one.

Regularly backing up is good practice to follow because it can help you when you accidentally delete the file. PC is the one that needs regular computer backup because we have stores too many things in drives. Backup process is an easy thing in PC because it has inbuilt tool that can help us to backup. You can easily store that backup to any external drive.

Whether you are using Windows or Mac it is very easy to backup and here we are going to explain how to backup computer to external drive.

Requirement

External drive with proper cable or USB

For Windows

  • First of all take an external drive where you can store data. Make sure that drive has twice as much space as your computer, so you will get enough space for multiple backups.

NOTE: If you are using external drive that needs external power supply then connect power supply cable also and plug it into power supply

  • Now connect drive with PC using proper USB cable. When you plug it in for the first time, Windows will ask you if you want to use it as a backup. Go with yes option or click on proper button. But if Windows don’t ask for it then you have to do it manually and for that go to the Start Menu, type Backup in the search box and click on Backup and Restore Option.Backup and restore
  • From opened window click on Set Up Backup Option.setupbackup
  • Now here you have to select the drive in which you want to store your backup. So select the external drive you plugged in and click on Next
  • On next screen choose Let Windows Choose (recommended) option because default settings are fine, so just click on Next buttonWindows
  • On the last screen click on Save Settings and Run Backup button and you done
  • Now windows will make backup of your data so during this period don’t turn off your computer. Then it will make regular backups in the background automatically.Backup will be done in few minutes (depends on size of disk and data). After that when you need to restore a file you lost, you can restore it easily. To do that go to the Start Menu, type Backup in the search box and click on Backup and Restore option. This time go with Select another backup to restore files from option. Then just select related backup file and restore it.Select another backup

    For Mac

  • First of all take an external drive where you can store data. Make sure that drive has twice as much space as your computer, so you will get enough space for multiple backups.
  • NOTE: If you are using external drive that needs external power supply then connect power supply cable also and plug it into power supply.
  • Now connect drive with PC using proper USB cable. When you plug it in for the first time, Windows will ask you if you want to use it as a backup. Go with yes option or click on proper button. But if don’t get the prompt then go to System Preferences and from there select Time Machine.Time Machine
  • From here only you have to choose the disk where you want to store backup and for that click on Select Backup Disk from Time Machine’s preferences.Backup
  • Now OS X will backup your data so make sure that you don’t turn off your computer After few minutes your backup will be ready. To restore data is also easy, just click on Time Machine icon and click on Enter Time Machine option. Here you can search your old backup files. After getting proper file just select it and restore it.That’s it. Congratulation you have backed up your data and it is ready for use.