By Lily / Last update June 10, 2022

Why backup PC to external hard drive?

Nowadays, more and more computer users upgrade their previous OS to Windows 10 or upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11. Powerful as the new systems are, the data on your computer is still under threat. Your data can be damaged due to system crash, hard disk failure, virus attack, human error, etc. How to ensure your data safety? Backing up your PC is the answer.

Additionally, if you save the backup image on a local disk, you may lose the image when your computer runs into troubles. Thus, it's the best practice to backup computer to external hard drive.

Best free backup software for Windows 11/10/8/7

The free backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard can help you backup your Windows 10 computer to external hard drive automatically with simple steps.

  • It offers four backup types: System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup and File Backup.
  • Apart from backing up your Windows 10 computer to external hard drive, it also allows you to backup to a USB flash drive, network location, NAS or cloud storage, etc.
  • You can set up auto backups with Schedule Backup and choose full backup, incremental/differential backup under Backup Scheme. (Differential backup is a paid feature.)
  • It is suitable for Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP.

Well, how to auto backup your Windows 10 computer to external hard drive with AOMEI Backupper? Learn detailed steps below.

How to auto backup to external hard drive in Windows 10

Step 1. Connect the external hard drive you prepared to your computer. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper.

Step 2. Click Backup and then select Disk Backup to backup the entire disk on your computer.

Disk Backup

Step 3. Click Add Disk to choose the system disk to be backed up.

Add Disk

Step 4. Choose the external drive you just connected as the backup destination.

Select Backup Destination

Step 5. Click Schedule Backup to choose a backup frequency based on your need.

Schedule

Step 6. After all the settings, click Start Backup > Add the schedule and start backup now to run the backup immediately.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a freeware for not only backing up and restoring but also cloning. If you want to upgrade hard drive in your computer, you can use this hard drive transfer software to move OS and files. It is worth trying for its remarkable functions.