By Teresa / Last Updated September 11, 2020

Why need automatically backup files to external hard drive?

When was the last time you backed up the important files on your computer? Three months ago when your friend called in tears that she lost her thesis because of computer failure? Maybe it is longer. You know the importance of system backup, while files backup cannot be ignored, either, especially to backup those significant documents, office files, and irreplaceable photos.

Computer failure, hardware conflict, hard drive fails, or hacker invade is a fact of computer life. It’s not a matter of whether or not your computer will encounter these problems; it’s a matter of when. As for the destination backup path, you can backup files to internal hard drive that OS installed on, or you can backup files to Seagate external hard drive or the like for better protection. The latter way avoids the data loss caused by system disk failure or system meltdown.

You know the importance of backing up, how about automatically backup? We all are busy with various stuff, work, family, friends, school, etc. It is hard to promise we can remember to do backup for each modifying. So, a schedule or auto task really helps a lot. Auto back up files to external hard drive on Windows saves times and efforts and memory.

How to automatically backup files to external hard drive?

Usually, Windows backup utility can do a regular backup. In Windows 7/10, open Backup and Restore by clicking Start -> Control Panel -> System and Security. In Windows 8/8.1, open backup window by searching for “recovery” from the start screen, and then select Windows 7 File Recovery. Then follow the wizard to backup your files. There is an option for you to choose whether or not backup files to external hard drive in Windows backup utility. Nevertheless, some tiny flaw of Windows backup you may need to concern, people cares details in particular.

First of all, using external hard drive is unlike using internal drive. You may need move the external hard drive around sometimes. To prevent losing files again, don’t bother to backup external hard drive. The sensitive files and important documents could be accessed by others. Therefore, to avoid this, you might as well encrypt your backup image. In the second place, regular backup means a lot of disk space will be took up. So, a kind of software that could compress backup image will do you a big favor in this aspect. If you’re running Windows 7, you can save disk space with automatically delete old backups.

Fortunately, there is all-around free software to backup files to external hard drive and it meets all mentioned function. With AOMEI Backupper Standard, you can do “set it up and forget it”. More important, image file encrypting and compressing are available. Encryption protects your files from unauthorized access and Compression saves space on your external hard drive. Furthermore, the auto backup task will not interrupt your work flow and ensure your work productivity.

Steps to backup files to external hard drive automatically

Connect the external hard drive to your Windows and make sure it is recognized. You external disk need to be formatted before you can store data there. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Step 1. Head to Backup > File Backup at the main console.

File Backup

Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder to browse the files you want to back up to external drive.

Add Folders Files

Step 3. Select the external hard disk as the Destination. Tick Schedule option after selecting the destination.

Select Destination

Step 4. At this page you can set schedule backup to Daily, Weekly, or Monthly mode.

Schedule Settings General

Step 5. Click Start Backup after your confirmation. The selected files and folders will be backed up at a regular basis.


  • Event-trigger backup is available in Professional edition.

  • Click on Start Backup you have options to decide whether to run backup immediately or at next setup time.

  • You can set up backup mode (full backup, incremental backup, or differential backup) by clicking Advanced option next to General. Incremental backup is chosen by default.

  • You can click Backup Options to encrypt your backup images and to compress them to save disk space.

  • This backup software also can be applied to backup files to Seagate external hard drive, WD external hard drive, Samsung external hard drive, etc.

Backup files to external hard drive in another manner

Backup means you create an image for certain files, and when you need them back, you restore the image to files. However, some users regard synchronization as backup because sync files is also a way to back files up. Sync files to external hard drive just like you make an exact copy for these important files. Comparing to backup, synchronization takes up more disk space, yet you don’t need to do a recovering for these files before you can use them.

AOMEI Backupper Standard also provides feature File Sync to assist you sync files to external hard drive automatically. Follow steps below to learn how to operate.

Step 1. Head to Sync > Basic Sync this time.

File Sync

Step 2. Click Add Folder and then This PC to add the items you want to back up from.

Add Folder

Step 3. Select the external disk as the target path.

Select Sync Destination

Step 4. Again, click Schedule to set auto-run task. For the file frequently changed, real-time sync is recommended.

Step 5. Click Start Sync to save settings or run file sync.

Start Sync Scheduled

Tips: Real-time Sync from or to network/NAS is only available in Professional edition, so does to File filter in backup and sync.


Automatically backup files to external hard drive the first time may take up a litter longer, but it worth to do that because it saves much more time than rebuilding the lost forever files or memories. If you just lost several files, you can do selective files restore without recovering the entire backup image.

No matter which method you’ll choose, the most important thing is to keep data safe. AOMEI Backupper has many other features embedded, such as system clone, disk clone, etc. Try it to experience more.