By Delia / Last update April 22, 2022

Reasons to backup your external hard drive

You know how important your data is, that’s why you back it up. Most users would like to backup files to external hard drives, NAS or USB flash drive, for example. But what if your external hard drive fails?

Any backup is better than no backup, and it is better late than sorry. Starting backup to external hard drive is a good start. However, an external hard drive or a removable flash drive is more susceptible to shaking or striking when moving around. Thus, backing up external hard drive like Western Digital external disk and Seagate external drive is imperative.

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Full-featured backup software for external hard drive

External hard drives are an essential part of keeping your data safe from those nasty computer crashes that may make your stored information inaccessible. Unfortunately, Windows will only backup internal hard drive. If you select folders on the external hard drive or select the entire hard drive in the backup directory, you may encounter this error code: 0x80070032, which means you cannot backup it with Windows tools.

Therefore, choosing integrated external hard drive backup software is the first thing to be done. AOMEI Backupper Standard is free external hard drive backup software for Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10/11 and other Windows operating systems.

★ This program allows you to backup entire external hard drive or backup partition on the drive only.
★ As portable hard drive backup software, it will save time and effort with Automatic Backup and Incremental Backup which merely backup added or modified files.
★ You can save a disk image in various locations, such as local disk, USB flash drive, NAS or cloud drive, etc.

Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and have a try. If you are worried about the disk space taken by the auto-backup, you may upgrade to higher editions and use the Backup Scheme feature to auto delete old backups.

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How to backup external hard drive with AOMEI Backupper

Install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Plug in the external drive first and make sure it can be detected by Windows.

Step 1. Select Backup > Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Click Add Disk. Then, select the external hard drive you need to backup and click Add.

Select External Hard Disk

Step 3. Select one location as the destination path. You can backup it to NAS/Network, or even backup this external hard drive to another one.

Select Destination

Step 4. Click Start Backup.

Start Backup


  • Options: You can configure General, Compression, Splitting, Intelligent Sector and VSS under this option.

Backup Options

  • Schedule Backup: You can set schedule backup mode and some advanced options here.

Schedule Backup

You can easily backup kinds of external hard drives with this comprehensive external hard drive backup software. Apart from backup hard drives, AOMEI Backupper Standard provides many other helpful and handy features. Try System Clone or Disk Clone if you need to clone hard drive or transfer C drive to SSD. If you create a bootable rescue media with AOMEI Backupper, you can boot your PC to backup important data when it fails out of unknown reasons.