How to back up Files and Folders?

September 10, 2019

Aomei Backuper has file backup feature and it can help you back up your important files and folders.

In this article, you will learn how to back up files and folders with the File Backup of AOMEI Backupper. This function can help you back up files and folders to an image file so that you can have a copy for your important files and folders.

Here are the detailed steps about how to back up files/folders:

  1. In the left tab page, select Backup and then select File Backup.

File Backup

  1. You can name it for "Task Name" box to help you distinguish it from other backups.

  2. Name The Task

  3. Click “Add File" or “Add Folder" so you can select files/folders you want to back up.

  4. Add Folders Files

    Note:

    The paid version of Aomei Backupper can help you back up files with file extension. When you add folders, you can open the Filter settings so that you can set up file inclusion/exclusion mask.

    Filter Settings

  5. Select the location as the destination path to store the image file. If available, select a destination storage medium that is different from the source medium which contains original files so that it can ensure that you can restore your files/folders if your source storage medium cannot be used anymore.

  6. Select Destination

  7. Finally, click the Start Backup button and wait for the process to complete.

  8. Start Backup

For more detailed info about how File Backup works, please refer to How to Do Files and Folders Backup.

Tips:
  • For more advanced options of the current backup task, please refer to Backup Options, Schedule Backup and Backup Scheme.

  • After clicking“Add Folder" you can configure file inclusion/exclusion mask and folder exclusion mask for this task via "Filter Settings". Please noted that this feature is in the paid version.

  • In order to avoid backing up temporary files, garbage files, and other useless data, we suggest you perform data clean up first and back up later.

  • Backupper can back up NTFS files along with their security permissions automatically, and also supports restoring each file's security permissions together with the file.

  • Some files may be in use by other programs exclusively, the program will prompt to skip them.

  • Some files don't have system permission (you can check permissions under properties of files/folders), the program will prompt to skip them.

  • If there are many backup sources that need to be backed up, please put them in one folder. After that, selecting that folder to back up is enough.

  • Files and folders in the Recycle Bin cannot be backed up.

  • Backupper can effectively back up files like NTFS compressed files or EFS encrypted files but the files will no longer have NTFS properties after restoration.