By Delia / Last update June 15, 2021

Why Backup Files to External Hard Drive?

To start with backup to external hard drive, we must first learn what external hard drive is. External hard drive refers to a storage facility which has been considered as the most fast and most easy way to back up large amounts of data. Normally, hard drive is connected to the computer via USB ports.

To backup files to external hard drive, instead of internal disk, has these advantages: 

  • Save disk space: sometimes backup images could be in large size, that may occupy a lot of disk storage. Backing up to external or cloud perfectly solves this trouble.

  • Protect backed up data: these backup images would not be affected by operating system issues, internal hard drive errors, or human errors. And when a disaster occurs, one can easily restore system or important files. 

Backup to external hard drive means backup your hard disk drive, system or partition into another external hard drive. For instance, AOMEI Backupper provides three backup options: System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition/Volume Backup and File Backup. 

When you practice any of this three backup mode, it will allow you to create backup image file to one partition of the local disk, or networks such as NAS, or backup to external hard drive. To handle this operation, you must plug in a hard drive to your computer in advance.

Backup Data to External Drive with Free Backup Software

Actually, backup to external hard drive share the same steps with backup to local, the only difference between them lays in the destination path. To create backup to external hard drive, you must start a backup task first. 

AOMEI Backupper Standard, free backup tool for Windows, trusted by millions of users all over the world. Popular with its easy-to-use interface and complete data protection features. With this free backup utility, you are allowed to backup operating system, disk, partition, individual files, as well as sync files to external disk.


How to backup to external hard drive? 

Let’s take Partition Backup as an example. Download this freeware first.

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Step 1. Click Partition Backup to open a new window as follows. Click to choose a partition you need to backup.

Add Partition

Step 2. You can simply plug your external hard drive, and choose an external hard drive as your destination path.

Select Backup Destination

Step 3. Execute this operation by clicking “Start Backup”

To sum up, backup to external hard drive has two prerequisites, a normal external hard drive and a powerful backup software. Before this process, you should make sure that your external hard drive’s capacity is large enough to accommodate the whole size of the partition which you need to backup.