By Ivy / Last Updated September 30, 2019

About backing up specific folders in Windows 10

When it comes to backing up specific folders in Windows 10, you may want to know why and how to do that.

The reasons why you need to backup your specific folders is to ensure the security of these folders or keep files in it up-to-date. For users who use some folders on a regular basis are likely to change files, add files, delete files or revise files on these folders. However, if you forget to save your changes, you will lose your changes of these folders.

To avoid data loss, you need to backup it in advance. As for how to backup it, you can use Windows 10 file history or third-party files and folders backup software like AOMEI Backupper.

How to Backup specific folders in Windows 10 using File History?

By default, file history backup contain all your default and custom Libraries (including Public Folders), plus Contacts, Desktop and Favorites folders. However, there is no way to backup specific folders in Windows 8/8.1 file history.

Unlike Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10 has a new feature called Add Folders which can let you choose specific fodders.

See below and learn how to backup specific fodders in Windows 10.

Detailed steps to backup certain folders in Windows 10

Step 1. Directly type“file history” in the search box and choose file history settings from the result list.

Step 2. In the initial backup window, click Add Drive under Back up using File History tab and select the desired backup drive.

Add a Drive

Step 3. Click More options. You can set up the interval of file backup and how long to keep backed up files, add a specific folder, exclude a specific folder or switch file history to a different drive.

Backup Options 1

About how long you can keep your backed up files, there are three types of choices you need to know.

Forever. It means File History will keep making and saving backups until your drive is full. At that point, you'd have to either use a different drive or manually start a cleanup from the Control Panel (under System and Security > File History > Advanced Settings) to make space.
Until space is needed. It means File History will automatically remove the oldest versions of the files it backs up when space gets low on your backup drive.
Other timeframes like 1 month or 2 years. It means File History will delete the oldest versions when files reach that time setting.

Step 4. Click Back up now and start your first file backup.

How to Backup specific folders using file backup software?

Compared with the previous version of file history, Windows 10 file history can manually add new folders to file history. However, you may find Windows 10 File History not working properly. For example, when you use File History to backup and it is apparently running with “File History is saving copies of your files”, however, days later there is still no file on your backup drive.

To avoid meeting this situation, you need a better file and folder backup sofware, preferably a software that can create incremental backup in Windows 10. Because incremental backup can save your time and disk space. I highly recommend you AOMEI Backupper. It’s fully meet the requirement.

With AOMEI Backupper, you can backup files without any effort, even only changed files, large files, certain file extension, or in safe mode, etc. Also, you can backup files to OneDrive, Dropbox, flash drive, NAS, etc. Besides, you can create multiple schedule backups, including daily, weekly, USB plug in, differential backup, etc.

Detailed steps to backup certain folders in Windows 10

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it.

Step 2. Click Backup and File Backup

File Backup

Step 3. Click Add Folder to select a specific folder you want to backup.

Add Folder

Step 4. Click Schedule and select the setting you like. This software will select incremental backup by default, because this feature can help you save backup time and disk space. It only backups the changed part or newly added.

Incremental backup

Tip: Incremental backup requires all the backup image must be intact. If one of the image file damaged, the rest of image is useless. So, you’d better create a differential backup with AOMEI Backupper Professional or Server. It’s much safer, but the free version does not support this feature.

Step 5. Select a destination path. You can choose to backup Windows 10 to OneDrive, external storage device, cloud storage device or NAS, etc. Finally, click Start Backup.

Select Destination


In short, you can backup specific folders in Windows 10 using file history. But it always make mistakes, such as, file history drive disconnected, file history does not recognize this drive, backup disk full, and more. So, you’d better use AOMEI Backupper. With it, you can choose any folders you want.

AOMEI Backupper not only help you backup files effortlessly, but also sync files to network drive, and other storage devices. And it offers you more useful feature, such as, incremetal backup, filter settings, etc. Want to know more, just download this software and try it your self.