How to Make Backup Files in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

There are many situations lead you cannot backup files. Well, how to make backup files successfully? This article will introduce you the best way of backing up files.


By Lily Updated on October 31, 2023

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Cannot make backup files

Have you ever met the problem that you cannot make backup files? Two users shared their experiences in the forum:

Case 1:

"I can’t create a backup of my company file. I can still work in my company file, and all my data seems intact. However, when I close the program and try to backup the data, the backup won’t complete. I tried many ways to create a backup, portable company file, and accountant file. But the backup fails with an error message and the program just quits with other errors."

Case 2:

"I tried to create backup files for a week on my Windows 7, so I was going to back up to a local NAS. However, I got an error that Windows is installed on a disk which does not have enough space or it could be a temporary error. But my local hard disk has 290GB free and my NAS has 200GB free."

Why cannot make backup files?

If you cannot make backup files for your Windows, it can be caused by the following situations.

1. Your files have already been damaged. Thus, you need to fix them and then you may back up the files.

2. Windows built-in backup tool could not create a zip file. Thus, you may have not enough space to store the backup image.

How to make backup files successfully

With those kinds of problems, how to create backup files for your Windows? Here we highly recommend a third party software AOMEI Backupper, a freeware that can help you do backups more flexibly. You can use it to create system backup, disk backup, partition backup. What’s more, it is a good restore software, too. All the backup images can be restored in a few seconds.

To make backup files, you’d better store them on an external hard drive separated from the hard drive your system is installed on. Thus, your files could be safe when the hard drive is damaged. Just prepare a large enough external hard drive before backing up files, connect it to the computer and make sure it can be detected. Then, you can follow the steps to backup files.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper free, install and launch it. Click File Backup under the Backup tab. If you want to backup all data on the drive, you can backup disk by clicking Disk Backup.

File Backup

Tip: If you have an AOMEI account, you can choose to backup files to AOMEI Cloud with the Cloud Backup feature. And it still offers you 1TB of free cloud storage in 15 days.

Step 2. Then, you can select the files you want to backup and select the destination place step by step.

Add File or Add Folder

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


● Do not extract the external hard drive while you are backing up.

● If you want to do an automatic backup, you can click the Schedule Backup to set up the frequency for daily, weekly, or monthly.

With the AOMEI Backupper software, you can make backup files for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11. The operations are very simple and easy. Besides, you can create bootable media to help you boot the computer when it's unbootable, and it can do more than this.

Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.