In this article, you will learn how to use AOMEI Backupper's file and folder backup features. Files and folders are backed up to an image file for convenient storage of your data.

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


    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 the original files to 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.

  • 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 if this is the case.

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

  • 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 will backup all sub folders therein.

  • 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.