By Ivy / Last Updated July 7, 2020

How do I get my Seagate to backup?

“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 a backup drive. But It does not show as a backup drive when I plug it into my Windows 10. How do I backup files on Seagate external hard drive?”


Why backup files to Seagate external hard drive?

1. Ensure the security of your precious data. If you save data on your computer, there is a risk of data loss. Thus, to prevent data loss, you need a safe way. Backing up files to Seagate external hard drive is one of the best ways. Unlike internal hard drive, Seagate external hard drive separates from your computer. Also, it’s separate from the risk of data loss owing to internal hard drive failure, system crash, virus attack, etc.

2. 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. Seagate external hard drive is one of the portable storage devices.

Method 1: backup files using Seagate external hard drive

When you see this subtitle, you may be curious. Is it possible to backup files using use Seagate external hard drive? Yes, there is a special Seagate external hard drive called Seagate Backup Plus, which can be used as a backup drive. 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.

Now, see below and learn how to backup files from computer to Seagate external hard drive.

Step 1. Connect your Seagate Backup Plus drive to your computer

Step 2. Click Use this drive for backup under AutoPlay window, and then wait for Windows Backup to start until the next window pop up.

Step 3. 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 4. 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

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.

Method 2: backup files on Seagate external hard drive with AOMEI Backupper

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 recommend you backing up files with AOMEI Backupper Professional. With it, you can backup only changed files to Seagate external hard drive effortlessly. Also, you can compress or encrypt the backup files if you need to backup large amount of files or folders simultaneously. Besides, you can create daily backup, weekly backup, monthly backup, differential backup, etc.

Let's backup files to Seagate external hard drive with the following steps.

Step 1. Connect your Seagate Backup Plus drive to your computer.

Step 2. Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it. Then, click Backup and File Backup to summon the next window

File Backup

Step 3. Click Add File or Add Folder to add files from your computer.

Add File or Folder

Step 4. Select Seagate Backup Plus drive as the destination path.

Select Seagate Backup Plus Drive as Destination Path

Step 5 (Important). Click Schedule and select differential backup under the Advanced tab. Then, click Start Backup if there are no problems.

Differential Backup


  • Compared with incremental backup, the differential backup is much safer. Because every differential backup 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?

To view files on Seagate backup drive, such as, Seagate Backup Plus, you could use the backup drive and the built-in explore image feature in AOMEI Backupper. Details are below.

Method 1: View files in Seagate backup drive. You can go to (My) Computer and the backup drive, open the folder named Backup and with your PCname subsequently, then click on the C folder and go to Users > Username>Documents. After that, you can double-click the files and check it.

Method 2: View files in virtual partition. You can launch AOMEI Backupper Professional, go to Home > 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.

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, click the drop down menu and choose Delete to delete this backup plan or select the box next to Delete backed up files and click 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.

The meaning of creating one or more backups are to 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.


Honestly, it’s necessary to backup files on Seagate external hard drive, because the backup could protect and recover your files in case of system crash, virus attack, etc.

Compared with the first one, the second will be greater. Because it not only can help you backup files to Seagate external hard drive, but also allows you to only backup the changed files, compress the backup files, automatically delete backup files, view files without restore it, etc.

In addition, AOMEI Backupper is still a disk cloning software, which allows you to clone system, disk and partition. With it, you could directly replace HDD with SSD if needed.