By Lily / Last update May 19, 2023

Backup PC to external hard drive to keep data safe

Backing up computer is necessary to minimize the damage of losing data. As a computer user, you should know that there are many situations that can break your data. You stored so much data on computer, songs, pictures, videos, documents, projects, and so on. They are important to you. Once they are lost, you will suffer big damage.

Actually, backing up computer to external hard drive is a good way to secure the data. Because an external hard drive is separated from the computer, so you do not need to worry that the data will be lost because of a series of situations that happen to computer. Besides, external hard drive is portable, and you can bring it everywhere to use the data you backed up on it.

Once there is an accident that leads your data on computer lost, the data on the external hard drive would be safe, and you can use it to restore all data. Well, how to backup computer to external hard drive?

Backup Computer to External Hard Drive

Free backup tool for your computer backup

To backup computer to external hard drive actually means to backup all data on the computer hard drive. How to backup computer to external hard drive? For simple steps and safe operation, you’d better choose a professional backup software to do it. AOMEI Backupper Standard is a fabulous software that can backup computer to external hard drive only with a few clicks. 

  • It is free for Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP.
  • It supports all disk brands. You can choose Seagate, Samsung, SanDisk external hard drive and so on.
  • It is embedded with the Disk Backup feature to help you backup the entire computer hard drive. You can also backup only OS to external hard drive via System Backup.

How to backup computer to external hard drive in Windows 11/10/8/7

Here we will tell you how to backup computer to Seagate external hard drive. Before you do, you need to prepare for it:

  • A Seagate external hard drive that is capable to store all data on your computer. Connect it to your computer and make sure it can be detected.
  • Download AOMEI Backupper Standard for free. Install and launch it.
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Then, follow the guidance to backup computer to external hard drive using AOMEI Backupper.

Step 1. As the Disk Backup feature will backup all data on computer, here click Backup -> Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Here you need to choose the disk which you want to backup on your computer as the source disk. Then, select your Seagate external hard drive as the destination disk to store the backup image. Here is the F:\.

Select Destination Path

Step 3. Click Start Backup to launch the progress. After the job is done, click Finish to exit.

Bonus tip: How to backup computer to external hard drive automatically?

If you want to backup computer to external hard drive automatically, AOMEI Backupper can make it as long as you do not extract the external hard drive. For doing this, you can click Schedule Backup at the left bottom before clicking Start Backup, and it will pop out a window for you to set up an automatic backup. You can choose from daily, weekly, or monthly.

Schedule Settings

You can also do an incremental or differential backup under Backup Scheme. If you’d like to use “Differential Backup”, edition upgrade is needed.

Backup Method

You can set up an automatic backup with AOMEI Backupper even after the backup task is created. Click Home tab, put your mouse on the backup task you want to edit, expand the drop-down menu and select Schedule. Then you will get to the window where you can set up automatic backup.

Find Schedule

How to backup computer to external hard drive? You may have an answer after reading this article. As a fabulous backup software, AOMEI Backupper provides many other utilities for free, such as create bootable disk, sync local folders to OneDrive, and many more.