The case: backup digital photos and data
In order to keep some good memories or commemorate a special moment, people pick up their camera to take some beautiful photos. These photos are irreplaceable, because lost time is never found again. So many users want the best free photo backup software, but not sure which is, just like the following case.
“I'm looking for options to back up my photos and personal files. I currently have everything on an external hard drive but I know it's not the very secure. I am looking at paying the $10 a month for Dropbox but want to see if you guys have any better suggestions! Thanks!”
In fact, photos are easy to lose due to hard drive failure, accidental deletion, and virus attack etc, so you may feel it's not safe even if you backup photos to external drives. Honestly, there is no 100% safe way, but according to the 3-2-1 backup strategy you create multiple backups and save it to different locations.
Best free photo backup software for Windows PCs
AOMEI Backupper Standard is all-around picture backup software that allows you to backup photos and personal files. This freeware provides two methods to backup photos – file backup and file sync.
If you want to use it frequently, it is recommended to use the sync method. It is an exact copy without compressing to an image file. Unlike it, the backup method require you to restore files before using it. And you can enjoy the following advantages while backing up digital photos:
- It supports photos in various sizes and formats, including JPEG (or JPG), PNG, and GIF, etc.
- If your photos or files change often, you also can create an automatic sync (eg: daily, weekly, monthly) with this photo backup software for PCs. Thus, you won’t worry about forgetting to sync photos someday.
- Except for external drives, you still can sync photos to network, cloud drives, NAS devices as well as external hard drives.
The simple interface and easy steps also meet the needs of users. You can download this freeware (supports Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7, Windows Vista and Windows XP) to have a try!
How to backup photos automatically in Windows 11
Step 1. Install and launch this free photo backup software. Don’t forget to connect the devices containing photos to Windows PC.
Step 2. Select Sync from the left side. Then choose Basic Sync.
Step 3. The Task Name can be changed by your needs. Click Add Folder to select your photos and then select a destination path with one of the following options at a time.
- Select a local path: Click it and select This PC to find the local drive, external disk (HDD or SSD), USB, etc. You need to connect it before selecting,
- Add Share or NAS Devices: It requires you to type network path and then select one of the shared folders on it.
- Select a cloud drive: It allows you to sync local folder with Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox. You only need to download and install them.
Tip: After adding the source folder, you can click the funnel icon at the right edge of this column to use Filter settings (available in AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher editions). It can help you sync files with a certain file extension.
Step 4. Click Schedule Sync and select Daily, Weekly, Monthly after enabling it. You can write a comment for your current operation, enable email notification to see if the operation is finished successfully, etc in Options.
Tip: Except for daily, weekly, monthly sync settings, you still use Event triggers or USB plug-in on the premium version. The last one helps you backup flash drive automatically when plugged in, so you don't need to connect it manually before a task starts or keep it always connected.
Step 5. Then, click Start Sync to backup photos with the automatic photo backup software.
✔ You can set Shut down PC, Restart PC, Hibernate or Sleep on completion during the sync process.
✘ Do not change the folder name of the source. Otherwise, the software cannot sync it anymore.
✔ To be sure your data is always safe, you need to run above steps at least twice. Remember to select different paths every time.
★ Bonus tip: backup photos to AOMEI Cloud
As cloud storage is becoming more and more popular, AOMEI offers users its own cloud - AOMEI Cloud. After you sign up for an AOMEI account, you can use 1TB storage for free within 15 days. To backup photos to AOMEI Cloud, please click Backup > Cloud Backup.
Since photos bring good memories to you, you may want to protect them with the best free photo backup software. AOMEI Backupper Standard is one of the best choices. It can not only backup photos automatically but to different locations, backup photos to Google Drive, for example. Thus, you will always have a copy of them and don't need to worry about losing photos anymore. Don’t hesitate to give it a try!