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Overview of file level backup

What is file level backup? When you perform a file level backup, it means you create backup for individual files such as documents, photos, music, video, etc. on the operating system. When you restore file level backups, you’ll get exactly the same version of the file you backed up. It is suitable for personal files backup instead of applications and operating systems.

Wondering the differences between file level backup and block level backup? Both of them have advantages and disadvantages. For example, file level backup is a simpler and ideal option for personal users. The technology is also widely used by many third-party backup utilities. However, the block level backup is faster with high efficiency. With the backup method, once a change happens on the block, block level backup will copy the new block to save changes. Block level backup is relatively expensive and suitable for enterprises.

Actually, file level backup is one of the most popular backup ways among computer users around the world. As a traditional backup method, it is easy to get started. Overall, the file level backup is easy to acquire by common users. Then how could one perform a file level backup to protect valuable personal files?

Free file level backup software for Windows

To create a file level backup easily at the beginning, AOMEI Backupper Standard, free backup software is recommended. 

Easy file backup/sync

It allows you to perform backup from file level by using its lucid user interface. To be specific, it has “File Backup” feature for this special purpose. In addition, to save the step of restoring in the future, you can also do “File Sync” with the software.

Incremental/differential/scheduled backup

The backup program offers more in-depth technology that helps you do file level incremental backup to save disk space on the destination. For advanced users, the differential backup is also available. What’s more, scheduled backup is embedded. In other words, you can create file level backup on daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Once setup, the software will run backup automatically.

OS and applications backup

Considering the limitation of file level backup, i.e. cannot backup applications and operating systems, AOMEI Backupper Standard also provides solutions for system backup and disk/partition backup. That helps a lot in the event of disaster recovery.

Various backup destinations

AOMEI Backupper supports to backup files to many destinations, such as local disk, external hard drive, USB flash drive, cloud storage, NAS, network share, etc.

Click the button below to free download it and enjoy now. Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista supported.

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Note: file level backup is commonly used in virtual machine. AOMEI Backupper applies to Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista that is installed on virtual machine as well.

How to create file level incremental backup step by step?

In the first place, install AOMEI Backupper on your computer. If you’d like to backup files to external device, connect it to your PC in advance. Make sure it is detected. Now, follow these steps to learn how to perform file level backup in Windows 10.

1. Open AOMEI Backupper, click Backup tab and then File Backup.

File Backup

2. Edit the task name if you want to. Click Add File or Add Folder to select files or folders you want to back up.

Add Folders/Files

3. Click the second bar to select a destination path.

Select Destination

4. Specify planned backup by clicking Schedule if the need ever arises. By default, a scheduled backup will perform incremental backup after first full backup. You can switch incremental backup to other types under the Advanced tab.

Incremental Backup

5. Click Start Backup to add or run the task.

Start File Level Backup

Just click Restore tab to recover files when necessary. This software supports selective file restore, that is, restore individual files separately instead of the entire backup image. You can accomplish it by going to Tools > Explore Image.


  • To backup files to cloud storage, you need to install cloud drive desktop application on the computer first.

  • The Scheme option allows you to auto-delete old backups while keeping files up-to-date. Upgrade to Professional or higher version to try.

  • To perform Windows Server file level backup, please turn to AOMEI Backupper Server edition.


It is quite easy to get started with a file level backup for common users. This page introduces file level backup briefly and tells how to do regular file level backup with AOMEI Backupper. As a matter of fact, AOMEI Backupper is not only comprehensive backup software, but also reliable disk cloning software. Get it now and enjoy.