By AOMEI / Last Updated May 4, 2016

Why need to backup portable hard drive?

To begin, a portable hard drive connected to your PC as a secondary hard drive could fall victim to ransomware as easily as the PC on the other end of the cable, while it could be removed physically from your system and store your data backup offline which moves your backup data out of harm in case ransomware infects your PC and helps the backup survive once a physical disaster destroys the original data. Then, whether you connect your portable hard drive to PC or not, backup the portable hard drive is a necessity. .

How to backup portable hard drive?

Backup a portable hard drive is a way to protect it from attacking by ransomware and to make multiple versions of backup so as to safeguard your backup. To do so, a powerful backup software, AOMEI Backupper, is needed.

1. Back up multiple versions

Multiple backup versions is an effective way to protect data safe, which means to keep more than one copy of your data:

Firstly, you can back up your data to more than one location so so to have multiple backups, for example, a backup on an external USB drive (which should be disconnected when it’s not in use), or back up to NAS. In this way, you can still keep a good copy of data even infection or physical disaster occurs.

Secondly, you can maintain backup histories of your files, that is, save more than one backups from different points in time. Therefore, you can restore data to earlier date before any compromise occurs.

2. Back up with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a powerful backup software which supports all Windows edition including Windows7\8\8.1\10\Vista\XP of both 32bit and 64bit.

Step 1: Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Select “Disk Backup” under “Backup” tab.

Disk Backup

Step 2: Name the backup task, select the portable hard drive at ‘Step1” and decide the backup image storage location at “Step2”( you can choose to save backup in an external hard drive, NAS or some other locations here). “Backup Option” is optional. Besides, if you need automatic backup, “Schedule” is helpful. Then click “Start Backup”.


Step 3: Click “Finish” when the backup operation is completed.


As you see, just several steps the backup job is finished. Except the convenient backup utility of AOME Backupper, you can use it to restore your backup when there is a need or directly do a clone job.