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Why need an automatic backup software for external hard drive?

Nowdays, due to the painful experience of data loss, many people start to realize the importance of backup, especially for important working documents or precious memories of family members. You will be suggested to backup files to external hard drive with an automatic external hard drive backup software if you ask a professional. Here are some clear ideas.

First, external hard drives like USB flash drive, HDD, SSD are far away from computer failure, for example, system crash, hard disk failure, fire, virus, etc. Because they are not inside the computer.

Second, you can purchase any external storage regardless of its types and size, it can be a larger disk or smaller disk or combination. In addition, they are flexiable, so you can take it everywhere and use it at any time.

Third, an automatic backup software for external hard drive avoids data loss owing to forgetting to make a backup. And it will keep all the changes you made since the first full backup. In addition, this operation does not require any human intervention, you just need to plug it into your computer. 

External Hard Drive

What is the easiest automatic backup software for external hard drive?

For Windows backup and restore software, it's worth mentioning "Backup and Restore(Windows 7)", and "File History", which may be the priority choices for many users. But you have to know that the previous backup tool is  deprecated and may be removed in the future. While for the latter one, file history is not working as expected, thus, you may always encounter errors, saying, "file history doesn't recognize this drive", "file history drive is discconected" etc. 

Thus, It's suggested to use a professional automatic backup software for external hard drive, it's AOMEI Backupper Professional. It supports "File Backup", "Partition Backup", "System Backup", "Disk Backup" and many helpful features, such as, daily/weekly/monthly backup, incremental backup & differential backup, USB plug in, event triggers etc. 

And it has a strong compatibilty in Windows system and storage device. To be specific, it supports Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista and multiple storages, including external hard drive, USB flash drive, network drive, NAS etc. In addition, it has an intuitive interface, so most users can easily and quickly understand it. In view of this, it's also the easiest backup software for external hard drive.

How to backup files to external hard drive effortlessly

To backup files to external hard drive automatically, please prepare an external hard disk in advance. If you want to take it with you, it's suggested to copy files to USB drive when USB plugged in. Then, every time you insert the target USB drive into your computer, AOMEI Backupper will start to backup files to it automatically. For detailed steps, please see below.

Step 1. Download the easiest backup software for external hard drive - AOMEI Backupper Professional and then install it on your computer. After that, launch it and click "Backup" -> "File Backup" in order.

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File Backup

Note: If you want to backup entire hard drive, you could use "Disk Backup" in AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Step 2. Click "Add File" or "Add Folder" to select files or folders you want to backup.  

Add File Or Folder

Step 3. Click where the arrow point and select the prepared USB drive as backup location.

Select Backup Destination

Step 4. Click "Schedule" -> "USB Plug in", it's the easiest way to backup files to USB, you just need to plug it in when you want to backup. Then, click "Start Backup" to start the process.

• Except for "USB plug in", you still can schedule backup per day/week/month or at specific event with "Event trigger". Also, you can change the default incremental backup  to differential backup to backup changed files.
• If the USB drive is not big enough, you could enable backup scheme to delete old backup regularly. Please note that the "Schedule" and "Scheme" needs to be consistent if you use them simultaneously.
• If you use server computer, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Server. It supports all the server system, such as, server 2003/2008/2011/2012/2016/2019/2022 including R2.


Automatic backup software for external hard drive can be helpful when you want to backup files to external hard drive without missing any changes. It supports multiple schedule settings, among them, "USB plug in" is the most suitable feature if your external hard drive is a USB drive. If not, you can use any of them per your needs.

As you see from above, AOMEI Backupper Professional has a clear interface and user-friendly design, so whether you are a professional or novice, it will be a great choice to backup files. Also, it is capable of performing automatic backup external hard drive with its "Disk Backup" feature, and providing other backup solutions, including "System Backup" and "Partition Backup".