By Cherry / Last Updated August 5, 2016

Why should you backup computer files?

Backup computer files seems like the most important thing in 2016. In the past days, many users suffered a big damage because of data loss. Actually, there are many situations can break your files, system crashed, computer failed, hacker attacked, virus attacked, human’s wrong operations, and many other things can lead your important files lost. In order to protect your data, backup computer files is necessary.

The ways to backup files on your computer

Method1: using the Windows built-in backup tool to backup files on computer

The Windows has its own backup and restore tool. As the backup and restore function of Windows 10 is as same as Windows 7, here we take Windows 7 as an example.

Step1. Open the Control Panel, select System&Backup( Windows 8 should click File History). Click Set up backup to open the progress.

Set up Backup

Step2.Here you need choose where you want to save your backup. An external hard drive is a good choice.

Save Backup

Step3.Then, you can choose what do you want to backup. Here provides you two types, “Let Windows choose” and “Let me choose”. If you select the second one, you need select the files you want to backup manually.

Choose Backup

Step4. Select the files you want to backup.

Select Files

Step5. Then, you will move to the page that you can set a schedule for your backup. Then, click next to the final page. You can click “Review your backup settings” to check the backup information, if there is no problem, click “Save settings and run backup”.

Start Backup

This is one of the best ways to backup computer files. However, the Windows System and Backup has many restrictions. You may find that when you select the backup files to backup, you can never select a single file to backup. Even you can use it to automatically backup your files, the backup frequency may not fit you.

To make up the restriction of Windows built-in tool, here we introduce you the best way to backup computer files.

Method2: the best way to backup computer files.

To backup files on computer more flexible, here we highly recommend you a freeware AOMEI Backupper, which can backup you files without those restrictions of Windows built-in tool. It is the best way to backup files on computer.

Step1.Download AOMEI Backupper Standard edition. Click Backup->File Backup.

Main Interfance

Step2. In this page, you need select the files or folders by clicking Add file or Add folder, you can backup single file or many files, you can even backup files with a certain file extension. Then, select a destination path to store the backups on. Another local hard drive, an external hard drive are all the place you can put the backup image on. Here we backup files to the external hard drive.

File Backup

As you can see, there are two options on the bottom of the page. Backup Options and Schedule.

Backup Options: you can set more backup requirements for your files backup here.

Schedule: you can set an automatically file backup for daily, weekly, monthly more flexible than Windows backup tool.

Step3. After all the settings, click Start Backup to launch the progress. When the progress done, click Finish to exit.

It is the best way to backup computer files that using AOMEI Backupper. You can do backup more flexible, and it suitable for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. Actually, AOMEI Backupper provides more for you. System backup, disk backup, partition backup, and more.