By Delia / Last update September 30, 2017

When need automatic incremental backup?

You probably have received emails from your friends that he lost his entire important business contracts because of system meltdown. Or, you may hear that someone reinstalls his PC for the whole Sunday afternoon and with no thought to prepare for the party thrown in that later evening. Then you start to realize the important of backup system and files because computer fails does ruined the life of people around you.

However, what’s the exactly backup type do you need? Actually, back up files or OS is easy for most users yet less users care for details during the backup process. Generally speaking, you need automatic incremental backup to external hard drive. The specific reasons will be illustrated in following part.

What incremental backup software do you need?

You can do backup once or twice manually, but it might be hard for you to remember to do backup every single time when the files changed. As for the storage path, you are likely to storage backup images to external hard drive if you want to back system up. Speaking of the external hard drive, you’d better encrypt the backup image since it is easier to access to than internal hard drive. Another aspect is the concern of storage space. You don’t want to do full backup every time if you know it will fulfill the external hard drive faster than ever. Then it is time to know Incremental Backup. In brief, this feature allows you to backup only changed parts in your selected files or system.

The bad news is snap-in backup utility in Windows 7/8/10 fails to do incremental backup as well as to create password to the backup images. Nevertheless, it is unnecessary to worry about that too much. There are many alternative backup software to Windows backup tool on the network. You just need to open your eyes and choose the right one.

Why choose AOMEI Backupper Standard?

This backup and restore software is free for commercial and non-commercial use. It meets all needs mentioned above. You can create scheduled incremental backup in Windows 7/8/10. Besides, if you got tons of files to backup then you find the right program, because it will compress backup image to save your disk room. AOMEI Backupper Standard provides daily, weekly, monthly and event triggers backup mode as well as full backup, incremental backup and differential backup type for you. Other than schedule backup to external hard drive, this software also supports backup external hard drive. Try this professional backup software now.

Automatically do incremental backup with freeware

Connect the external hard drive to your computer first. This tutorial will take system backup for example.

Step1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select Backup, and then click System Backup.

System Backup

Step2. Select the external hard drive as the destination location. The System Partition and System Reserved Partition are selected by default.

Select destination path

Step3. Check Schedule box underneath. Set backup mode in General option and set Incremental Backup in Advanced option.

Schedule Backup

Schedule Advanced

Step4. Click Start Backup, and it will run backup automatically at your designed time.


  • If you need to move the external hard drive sometimes, you can tick Run missed backup at next system setup box to make up for the missed backup.

  • If you need to encrypt and compress backup images, then you can set them up by clicking Backup Options.

With automatic incremental backup to external hard drive, you will save a lot of time and effort. No need to worry about system crush, hardware failure, or hacker attack any more. If something bad really happen to your PC, you can easily restore system image from the external hard drive to your computer. AOMEI Backupper Standard supports Windows 7/8/10/XP/Vista operating systems.