By Ivy / Last Updated December 30, 2020

How do I transfer files to my seagate external hard drive?

“I have some precious pictures, files, videos, etc on my computer that truly need to be backed up !!!! Thus, I bought Seagate Backup Plus. It’s said this is a backup drive. But It does not show as a backup drive when I plug it into my Windows 10. What's wrong? How do I backup files on Seagate external hard drive?”

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Don't worry about it! This is what I will share with you in the following. As far as I know, this is probably a connection issue or the disk driver is outdated. And there are 3 different Seagate external drive backup software for you to backup files on Seagate external hard drive, namely Seagate Dashboard, Backup and Restore, and AOMEI Backupper.

Honestly, the third one is smarter, which has more advanced features and allows you to backup only changed files or folders. Also, it has an intutive interface, so all users can understand this software easily and quickly. Therefore, if you want a simple & effective way, it will be a great choice.

Why backup files to Seagate external hard drive?

Talking about the reason, there are 2 main reasons to backup files on Seagate external hard drive. Let's see them specifically.

  • Ensure the security of your precious data. Most computers users save data on their laptop or desktop, but there is a great risk of data loss in the event of failure, such as, system crash, disk failure, virus attack, ransomware etc. To minimize the risk, you can backup files to external hard drive, like Seagate Backup Plus.

  • External hard drive is very portable to take. Aside by the security issue, you may want to save the common used files to a portable storage device and take it everywhere, so you can view files on external hard drive anytime. Seagate external hard drive is one of the portable storage devices.

Seagate Dashboard: use Seagate external hard drive to backup files

This is the first method to backup files on Seagate external hard drive. You will use Seagate Dashboard, a seagate external drive backup software, which comes along with Seagate Backup Plus or Seagate Center. Without further ado, let's get started to reveal Seagate backup Plus how to use.

Step 1. Connect Seagate Backup Plus to your computer and make sure it can be detected. Then, access Seagate external hard drive in Windows Explorer and double-click the Seagate Dashboard Installer.exe to install this software

Step 2. Launch Seagate Dashboard and then select PC Backup in the home page.

Pc Backup

Step 3. Then, click Protect Now and Back up Now to backup all non-system files.

Protect Now

Notes:
◑ About how do I know when Seagate backup is complete, you can see the green backup progress bar and percentage. And when the task is complete, these indicators will disappear.
◑ Seagate Dashboard can also be a Seagate automatic backup software, which allows you to backup all personal folders (non-system files) or specific folders with New Backup Plan option. It supports multiple Seagate automatic backup options, including snapshot, weekly, monthly, daily, hourly, and continuously.

Backup and Restore: backup files using Seagate external hard drive

As said before, Seagate Backup Plus is one of the backup drives. It’s is compatible with Windows and Mac. And it has a great capacity, even up to 8TB. Aside by that, it supports a faster speed. Then, let's have a closer look at how to use Seagate external hard drive in Windows 7/8/10 to backup files.

Step 1. Install Seagate Backup Plus drive on your computer via an adapter. Then, click Use this drive for backup under AutoPlay window, and wait for Windows Backup to start.

Step 2. Pitch on Let Windows choose or Let me Choose, then click Next.

Let Windows Me Choose

Note: If you just want to backup files saved in libraries, on the desktop, in default Windows folders, you can choose Let Windows choose. If you want to backup specific files or folders, you can choose Let me choose.

Step 3. The default schedule setting is set to 7am every week. If you want to change it, click Change schedule. Then, review your backup settings and click Save settings and run Backup to finish the last step. Wait until you see a prompt like ”Windows Backup has completed successfully”.

Save Settings and Exit

Note: Backup and Restore utility (Windows 7) is very useful. It can help you backup files and backup system as long as you have a common external hard drive. However, it may fail to encrypt and compress backup images. Also, it cannot support differential backup.

AOMEI Backupper: backup files on Seagate external hard drive

Reading here, you may already know how to backup files using Seagate Backup Plus. Frankly speaking, it’s not a perfect way to backup files.

I strongly recommend you using Seagate automatic backup software AOMEI Backupper Professional. With it, you can backup files to Seagate external hard drive automatically, even with only changed files. It supports daily backup, weekly backup, monthly backup, incremental/differential backup, etc. Also, you can choose to compress backup files if it's too large In addition, you can encrypt backup files if there are any sensitive data.

Then, let's take Seagate Backup Plus as an example and have a closer look at how to backup files to Seagate external hard drive. Before starting any operation, please connect Seagate Backup Plus drive to your computer and download the free trial file backup software AOMEI Backupper Professional.

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Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Professional. Then, click Backup and File Backup to summon the next window

File Backup

Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder to select files from the local computer.

Add File or Folder

Step 3. Select Seagate Backup Plus drive as the destination path.

Select Seagate Backup Plus Drive as Destination Path

Step 4 (Important). Click Schedule, then click daily under the General tab and select differential backup under the Advanced tab. Then, click Start Backup if there are no problems.

Differential Backup

Notes:
Differential backup is much safer than incremental backup, because it will contain all the files in the original backup and the newly added or modified. Even if one of the image file is damaged, you still can restore files from backup.
◑ This version of software is only suitable for Windows 7/8/10/XP/Vista. If you are using server computer, you could consider upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Server.

How to view files on Seagate Backup Plus?

In the minds of many users, where is my backup file may be a question. Here I will show you the answer. To view files on Seagate backup drive, such as, Seagate Backup Plus, you could delete old backup using Seagate Dashboard or use the built-in explore image feature in AOMEI Backupper. Details are below.

Method 1: View files using Seagate Dashboard.

Open Seagate Dashboard, select the BackupPlus in the Dashboard, click Info and View Files to go to the target path.

View Files

Tip: Also, you can see your files in the Seagate external hard drive. You can go to (My) Computer and the backup drive, open the folder named Backup and with your PC name subsequently, click on the C folder and go to Users > Username>Documents, then double-click the files to check it.

Method 2: View files in virtual partition.

You can launch AOMEI Backupper Professional, go to Tools > Explore Image, select backup image and time point, then click Save As and select a path for the image file, then wait until the process is completed. Finally, go to the path and see your files.

View Files on Seagate Backup Plus

Note: If you just want to check the integrity of backup files, you can click Settings at the lower left corner and tick Check backup integrity on complete. It’s much convenient.

How to delete backup files from seagate external hard drive?

Some users reported that Seagate Backup Plus slim full. Do you have similar questions? See below and I’ll show you how to delete backup files from Seagate external hard drive. Here are 2 ways.

Method 1. Delete backup files using Seagate external hard drive.

You can select PC Backup on the home page and then backup task, click the drop down menu and choose Delete to delete this task. If this is a Seagate automatic backup plan, please select the box next to Delete backed up files and click Delete.

Delete

Method 2. Delete backup image regularly with AOMEI Backupper.

You can Go to Home, click the three bars icon > Edit Backup > Backup Scheme > Enable Backup Scheme, then select a scheme settings from the drop-down menu. After that, it will automatically delete old backups by a specific role.

Delete Backup Files

The meaning of creating one or more backups are to continuously protect your data and OS. If you delete all the backups, it is against the original meaning. And you may delete the latest backup mistakenly. Thus, the second way is more useful. It will keep the latest backup and delete other backups with a specific role.

Conclusion

Honestly, it’s necessary to backup files on Seagate external hard drive, because the backup image could protect and recover your files in case of system crash, virus attack, etc. Of course, if you can create a Seagate automatic backup, so much the better.

All of the given solutions can help you do this. But if you don't want to backup all files everytime, the last one will be a better choice. Its incremental/differential backup can backup the changed files only after the full backup.

In addition, this software still supports many useful features, such as, three compression level, encryption, backup scheme to delete backup files, event trigger backup, system backup, disk backup, universal restore, replace HDD with SSD, create bootable media etc. Any interest? Please download this software to enjoy these features.