By Lily / Last update October 24, 2022

Should you backup files and folders?

Backup Files and Folders

Computer playing an important role in our daily life today. People use computer to do many things. With time goes by, users stored many files and folders on the computer. However, computer isn’t a safe place for files and folders. 

There are many unexpected reasons which may lead your data lose permanently such as system crash, computer stolen, hard drive broken, even natural disaster, etc. The best way to keep the data safe is to backup files and folders. So, yes, you should backup your important files and folders definitely.

How to backup files and folders on a computer

How to backup files on a computer? You may ask this questions. The Windows backup tool supports you set up automatic backups or manually backups for your files and folders at any time, take Windows 10 as an example.

  1. Press Win+R, type Control Paneland press Enter, select System and Maintenance, then, click Backup and Restore.
  2. If you use the Windows Backup first, click Set up backup, then, follow the wizard to backup your files and folders. If you have already create a backup before, you can wait for your scheduled backup to occur, or you can manually create a new backup by clicking Back up now.

Create A System Image

However, Windows Backup may requires for an administrator password or confirmation, which is annoying, and you may find that it cannot backup single file. Plus, the Windows Backup cannot compress the size of files/folders. 

So, if there are large files and folders, the backup images will occupy a large space on the destination place. Fortunately, there is a good backup software that can backup files and folders more flexible without those restrictions.

AOMEI Backupper is a free backup software to backup files and folders for Windows 11/10/8/7. You can use it to backup files and folders to secure your photos, musics, videos, office documents and many other important files. It supports you to set up schedule backup, and choose incremental or differential backup manually or automatically.

How to backup files and folders with AOMEI Backupper

Backup files and folders with AOMEI Backupper only need a few clicks. I will show you how to backup a folder in Windows 10 using this freeware. Before you do, here are some tips for you:

● Do not backup files and folders on the same hard drive that the Windows operating system installed on.

● An external hard drive could be the best device to store the backup images. Such as CD/DVD, USB flash drive, etc.

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Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it. Select File Backup under Backup tab.

File Backup

Tip: Try the Cloud Backup feature instead if you want to backup files to a cloud drive. It not only comes with one but also offers you 1TB of free cloud storage in 15 days. 

Step 2. Select the files and folders you want to backup by clicking Add File and Add Folder. AOMEI Backupper supports you backup files with a certain file extension after upgrading. Then, select the device where you want to store the backup images on.

Select Destination

✍ Notes:
★You can setup more by clicking Backup Options. Here you can add comments, make a compress for your large files/folders.
★The Schedule provides specific auto backup settings for daily, weekly, monthly. You can enjoy another two options - Event triggers and USB plug in after you upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.
★ The Backup Scheme allows you tochoose backup methods here. Differential backup is preferable to incremental backup because incremental backup requires all backups to be complete before a backup can be restored. 

Enable Automatic Backup Cleanup

Step 3. After all the settings, click Start Backup to launch the progress. When it’s done, click Finish to exit.

Final Words

With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you can backup files and folders with only few clicks. Once the data lost due to unexpected reasons, you can restore files with this backup image immediately to reduce the damage.

Besides, it has many other utilities for you to keep your data safe. When you want to upgrade hard drive on your computer, you can use it to migrate the OS and data without any problems. Why hesitate? Download and give it a try!