By Delia / Last update January 7, 2022

Why backup PC to external hard drive?

Backing up your computer files, games, or photos is crucial yet few people take it seriously. They either in denial, under the illusion that their PC will never break down or hold the wrong impression that backup is too difficult to finish. However, they would kick themselves when computer failure or data losing actually happens to them. One small accident, a virus, or hard drive failure can destroy all the important stuff you care most about on your computer.

Therefore, it is strongly recommended to backup computer to external hard drive that outside of the internal disk because once the system meltdown, you may lose everything in it. In addition, using backup software for external hard drive to back it up for better protection is also available. Some Windows users only backup system drive once in a while, nevertheless, backing up entire PC to external hard drive helps you retrieve much more personal data while do restoration.

Backup PC to external hard drive software

The first thought in your mind might be using Windows backup tools. Definitely, you can use Backup and Restore in Windows 7 and File History in Windows 10 and Windows 8 to backup your computer. Type in backup or file history into the Start menu search box to open its relative window.

However, the File History feature will only backup the files stored in libraries, desktop, favorites and contacts folders, instead of protecting the entire system (the operating system, applications, settings and user files).

As for Backup and Restore utility in Windows 7, well, it is a problem that people talk a lot. Backup and Restore utility fails to encrypt and compress backup images, and it cannot do differential backup. What's worse, you may encounter backup does not work when you try to backup Windows 10 to external hard drive. As a result, it is better to use free backup software to backup PC to external hard drive in Windows 10/8/7 or Windows XP/Vista.

Auto backup PC to external hard drive via freeware

AOMEI Backupper Standard is such a tiny and reliable free backup program which will assist you backup PC files, photos, games to external hard disk like WD external drive and Seagate portable hard drive.

This software provides incremental backup and differential backup with schedule. In another word, you can backup PC to external disk in Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Event-trigger mode automatically. So if your memory fails you, backup task would continue all the same. When you need one or two files back only, you can do Selective File Restore to get inside a backup image and recover specific files. Backup image encryption prevents your files on external drive from unauthorized access.

Besides, AOMEI Backupper Standard offers File Sync feature which allows you to sync PC files to external hard drive without imaging them. In that case, a restoring before you can use it would be saved. Real-time Sync is also available.

How to backup PC to external hard drive in Windows 10?

Step 1. Connect an external hard drive to your computer and make sure it can be recognized. It needs to be formatted before you can use it. Download, install, and launch AOMEI Backupper standard. Select Backup, and then click Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Select the source disk you need to back up.

Add Disk

Step 3. Select the external hard drive as the destination path, and click Start Backup.

Select Backup Destination

  • Backup Options: this is the place where you are able to encrypt and compress as well as split backup image during the backup process.

Backup Options

  • Schedule: If you check Schedule box, you can set regular backup and incremental backup up.

Schedule Settings General

It is easier to backup PC to external hard drive in Windows 10/8/7 with the help of AOMEI Backupper Standard. In fact, apart from backing up computer to external drive, you also can backup external hard drive to another external hard drive, clone PC to external drive, etc. AOMEI Backupper Professional, the advanced version of Standard, offers plenty of helpful features to satisfy your backup requirements, such as dissimilar hardware restore, and system clone, etc.