By Lily / Last update July 18, 2019

The limitations of Windows 7 Backup and Restore

Backup is the most important thing for computer users. Cause it can keep your data safe from some accidents. When there are some bad things happen, you can use the backup image you created before to restore computer to an earlier date instead of reinstallation. Windows 7 does have the built-in Backup and Restore tool that you can backup your Windows 7 to other places. You can just open the Control Panel by clicking Start -> Control Panel, and then, click System and Security, choose Backup and Restore. After that, you can create backup image by clicking “Set up backup”.

Set up

When you click the Set up backup, you can select where you want to save your backup. And here you need to choose the external hard drive you prepared before.

Where to Save

Then, you can choose what to backup, and click Next.

Let Windows Choose

Here you can set up a schedule backup for daily, weekly, and monthly. So that files that have changed and new files that have been created since your last backup will be added to your backup according to your settings.


Finally, you can review your backup settings, and click Save settings and run backup to launch the backup progress.

Save Settings and Run

Using Windows 7 built-in Backup and Restore does really help you backup your Windows 7 automatically, but you may find it may run automatic backup Windows 7 to external hard drive failed, which may annoyed you. Besides, it need you to be one of the administrators, etc. For avoid those problems, you can use a Windows 7 backup software to backup computer to external hard drive in a more flexible way.

Windows 7 Backup and Restore alternative: AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free professional backup and restore software for Windows 7/8/10. That can help automatic backup Windows 7 to external hard drive. The next content is how to backup Windows 7 to external hard drive automatically with AOMEI Backupper.

Step1. Connect your external hard drive to your computer, and make sure it can be detected. Download AOMEI Backupper free, install it to your Windows 7 computer, launch it, and it will show you its concise interface. Click Backup, select System Backup.

System Backup

Step2. AOMEI Backupper would choose all system files in default and all you need to do is to choose the external hard drive as the destination place to store the backup image.


Step3. after choosing the destination partition, you can Click Start Backup to launch the progress.

But if you need to do an automatic backup, here you need to click Schedule to set up more before start. When you click Schedule, it will pop out another window with two tabs. In the General tab, you can set up how often to execute the backup task, you can choose Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Event triggers (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional and superior version).

General Tab

In the Advanced tab, you can set up to do a full backup, incremental backup or differential backup.


Step4. After all these settings, click Start Backup to execute the task.

Start Backup

Using AOMEO Backupper to automatic backup Windows 7 to external hard drive is such an easy thing. When you need, you can also use AOMEI Backupper to restore computer to earlier date. Beside, it has many other features that can help you working with Windows well, like create bootable media, restore computer to different hardware, etc. If you only need the basic functions, the AOMEI Backupper Standard is enough. But if you need more advanced way, you can upgrade it to AOMEI Backupper Professional.