By Delia / Last update December 13, 2021

Quick Navigation:

What is file backup?

File backup, to make it easy, is to have a copy of certain files. However, file backup is not completely equal to file copy, because there are image files generated. You should restore from the image files to get back lost or missing files. Through backup, not only the files themselves are duplicated, but also all the other matters are duplicated, such as the properties. There are other backup types you may need, like partition/volume backup, system backup and disk backup.

Why we need to backup files?

In case of potential accidents, such as system breakdown, we need to backup the files on our computers. Nowadays, computer is an indispensible piece of equipment in our work, study and entertainment. Bearing with too much workload and carrying too many files, computers are easy to break down. As a result, the files in the failed computers will lose.

If we did not backup those files, they would be lost forever. Therefore, for the important files, we should make a backup of them. Thus, even if system crash happens, we can restore those files by the image ones. AOMEI Backupper Standard is free file backup software that can help us backup not only our files, but also our partitions, volumes, systems and disks.

Brief introduction to AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is powerful backup and restore software designed for Windows PCs:

  • It helps you to backup and restore certain objects, including files, system, disks and partitions, under your requirement.

  • It can also clone partitions and disks, such as clone NTFS drive.

  • There are several utilities offered: image checking and exploring, images merging and bootable media creating, etc.

As for file backup, you are allowed to select different kinds of files to be backed up, like documents, pictures, and music. You can also select certain folders that you want to backup. Then, how to use this freeware for file backup exactly? Please read on.

How to run free file backup with AOMEI Backupper?

With a terse and clear interface, AOMEI Backupper makes it easy for you to create backups. Once started, it will lead you to go through all steps. Learn how to run file backup for free in detail below.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper and start it on the computer.

Download Freeware

Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP

Secure Download

Step 2. Choose “Backup” on the left, and then choose “File Backup”.

File Backup

Step 3. Click “Add File” or “Add Folder” to select the files or folders that need to be backed up.

Add File/Folder

✍ Tips: You are allowed to backup multiple files and folders at once. In case that you made a wrong choice, you can delete it by clicking the dustbin icon shown at the right edge of the selected file/folder.

Step 4. Click the second bar on the main interface and choose a destination.

Choose Destination

Step 5. Click “Start Backup” on the lower right corner and the software will start to work.

Start Backup

Step 6. Click “Finish” when it finishes.

When the backup finishes, you can check out whether data have been backed up to your planed destination by going there. Still, you can check whether the image file is complete by checking image. Checking image can also find out errors in image files if there is one or two.


AOMEI Backupper is the best file backup freeware for Windows users. Besides the functions mentioned above, AOMEI Backupper Standard has many other special settings. 

For example, if you want your files or disks to be backed up every certain period of time, instead of handing the same operation every time, you can set a schedule. Therefore, it will automatically backup the files or disks at a set time, daily, weekly or monthly even without starting the software.