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How To Backup Files on Computer/Laptop? Here Is The Guide

Updated by Gemma on Sep 15, 2021
Written by Tracy King

Do you know how to back up files on your computer in Windows 10/8/7? And what is the best way to backup files on a computer or laptop? On this page, we'll provide a complete guide to show you how to select the best method to backup computer files on your own. 

Let's start now.

Where to Back Up Files - Choose the Backup Destination

The first thing is to select the destination - where you want to backup files from your computer. The reason is that the ways of backing up files to different locations vary. 

So, now, you need to select the backup destination:

#1. How to Back Up Files to A Local Computer Drive - 2 Ways

Here, we collected 2 ways to help you back up computer files on the local drive. Check out the Pros and Cons of these two methods and follow the tutorial guide to back up your files now:

File Backup Software File History Backup

Pros:

  • Small backup image files, taking small space.
  • Easy-to-use
  • Available in Windows 10/8/7

Cons: Not Free

Pros:

  • Free
  • Automatically back up files

Cons: 

  • Complex
  • Back-up image takes huge space in C drive.
  •  Not available in Windows 7/XP/Vista

Which way is better? It's the file backup software. Follow the guide here to back up files on your computer now.

Method 1. Back Up Files on Computer with File Backup Software

EaseUS file backup software - Todo Backup offers you a complete backup solution for file backup.

What Can EaseUS Todo Backup Do For You?

  • Support schedule backup - set an automatic backup plan.
  • Support incremental backup, differential backup, etc.
  • Support backup files to a local drive, external hard drive, and even cloud drive.
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Let's see how to back up your computer files now:

Step 1. You may have a large amount of vital data to be protected as time goes on, such as documents, pictures, music, and videos, etc. It is always a good habit to have a backup on a regular basis. File Backup is one of the best choices for you to get over unexpected data loss disasters.

Open EaseUS Todo Backup and select the "File" backup mode to start backup specific files and folders.

click file backup to back up files

Step 2. Select the files and folders that you want to back up. 

select the file type to back up

Step 3. After choosing the desired items on your computer, click "Browse" to select a backup destination to save your backup of the selected files. There you can save the backups to the EaseUS cloud drive, a local drive, a removable drive, an external USB flash drive, HDD or a NAS device if you have one.

sign in the easeus cloud to save your backups

The most secure and convenient way to keep your backup files is on the EaseUS cloud drive. The first time you use the cloud drive, you need to sign up with a valid email address and a password.

sign in the easeus cloud to save your backups

Next, the advanced backup settings are useful when you want to create a flexible and automatic backup plan. 

information about advanced settings

The schedule is to create an automatic backup plan.

what is schedule backup

Backup options are to edit the advanced parameters. 

backup options

The Image-reserve strategy is to reserve the limited image as per image retention rule.

image-reserve strategy

Advanced backup settings are for reference only but not a prerequisite for backup.

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to execute your operation.

Method 2. Back Up Files on Computer with File History

Step 1. Click Windows start icon > "Settings" > "Update & Security".

Step 2. Click "Backup" > "Add a drive".

Back up files on computer using file history

Step 3. Select an empty drive on your computer to save the file backups.

Select drive to back up files

Step 4. Click "More Options" > Under the Back up these folders to check what will be backed up on your computer.

You can also click "Add a folder" to select files on your computer to be backed up.

Select folder to back up using file history

Step 5. Click "Back up now" to start backing up files.

#2. How to Back Up Files to External Hard Drive

Here, we collected 3 ways to back up files to your drive:

File Backup Software File History Manual Copy & Paste

Pros:

  • Easy-to-use
  • Back up all files at one time.
  • Take small space for saving backups
  • Automatically back up files to the external hard drive once plug into PC.

Cons: Not Free

Pros:

  • Free
  • Automatically back up files

Cons:

  • External hard drive must connect to PC all the time.
  • Not available in Windows 7/XP/Vista

Pros: Free

Cons:

  • Backup may take up big space.
  • The backup process may take a long time if the files were too large.

Which is the best way? For beginners who look for a secure and efficient way to back up files to an external hard drive, EaseUS Todo Backup is recommended.

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Follow the desired method to start backing up files now:

Method 1. Back Up Files to External Hard Drive with Backup Software

EaseUS Todo Backup supports you to create an automatic file backup plan that you can backup files when the external hard drive is connected to a PC.

Preparations:

  • Connect your external hard drive to your computer.
  • Download EaseUS Todo Backup

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose the File option on the main window.

click file bakup to back up files to external hard drive

Step 2. Select the files or folders you want to backup. Then click Browse > Local Drive or LAN > Computer > Your external hard drive as the backup storage location.

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EaseUS Todo Backup now supports users to back up files to the cloud. All you need to do is sign up with an EaseUS account, then you could enjoy a large cloud storage space. More advantages of backing up to the cloud include accessing backup files anytime and anywhere, saving file copies offsite, so you don't need to worry about virus attacks or computer failures, and easier and faster backup and recovery operations.
set the destination to save your backup

IMPORTANT NOTE:  

Click "File Type" if you want to specify certain types of files to backup. Here, multiple types of files including Documents Files, E-mail, Financial Files, Music Files, Picture Files, and Video Files, etc can be selected. 

select the file type

You can also click Add to add a new file type, in Add New Type window, you input Type Name and corresponding file type.

Step 3. Click the "Schedule" option to open the Backup Scheme window, here you can create a scheduled backup plan to backup files later, daily, weekly, monthly or upon event.

automatically back up files

The schedule is to create an automatic backup plan. It is not a prerequisite for backup. 

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to back up folders or files to the external hard drive.

Method 2. Back Up Files to External Hard Drive via File History

Note that, to use File History to back up files to your external hard drive on a computer, you must keep the external hard drive connected to the PC all the time. 

Step 1. Click Windows start icon > "Settings" > "Update & Security".

Step 2. Click "Backup" > "Add a drive".

Step 3. Select your external hard drive marked as "Removable disk" and click "OK".

Back up files to external hard drive using file history

Step 4. Click "Advanced Settings", set the frequency to back up files to the external hard drive. Click "Run now".

Confirm to back up files to external hard drive

Method 3. Manually Copy and Past Files to Back Up to External Disk

Step 1. Connect the external hard drive to your computer.

Step 2. Double-click This PC, open the external hard drive, and create a folder named "Backup".

Step 3. Open folders or hard drive volumes to copy files, folders that you need to back up and paste them all into the external disk.

Wait patiently and the process could take longer if you have too many files to backup.

#3. How to Back Up Files to Cloud Drive

As cloud storage allows users to share and make use of backups at any time, many people prefer to save their file backups into Cloud. And here we collected two ways that can back up files to Cloud dive.

File Backup Software Cloud Drive

Pros: Safe, Easy to Use, back up all computer files to the cloud.

Cons: Not free

Pros: Sync files to the cloud, easy to use

Cons: Only some desktop files and user folders can be backed up to the cloud.

Which is better? For a complete solution to back up computer to cloud, file backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup is more recommended.

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Method 1. Back Up Computer Files to Cloud using Backup Software

Step 1. Launch EaseUS cloud backup software and choose the File option.

choose file backup to backup files to cloud

Step 2. Choose the target files you want to backup by either "User Defined" mode or "File Type" mode.

"User Defined" allows you to choose files according to their file directory, while "File Type" is much simpler if you only backup files with specific file formats of pictures, documents, videos, and so on.

choose files you want to backup to cloud

Step 3. In order to backup files to the Cloud storage, click the "Browse" button. A new window will pop out. Click "Local Drive or LAN" and choose Cloud drive, then click "+ Add Cloud storage service".

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EaseUS Todo Backup now supports users to back up files to the cloud. All you need to do is sign up with an EaseUS account, then you could enjoy a large cloud storage space. More advantages of backing up to the cloud include accessing backup files anytime and anywhere, saving file copies offsite, so you don't need to worry about virus attacks or computer failures, and easier and faster backup and recovery operations.
add a cloud device

Step 4. EaseUS Todo Backup supports three popular Cloud services at present, which are Dropbox, GoogleDrive, and OneDrive.

Choose your own cloud drive that attached to your computer. Allow EaseUS Todo Backup to view and manage the files in your GoogleDrive.

choose a cloud service and let easeus todo backup to connect

Step 5. Click "Proceed" to start backing up files to your Cloud drive at once.

Method 2. Upload and Back Up Computer Files to Cloud

Using OneDrive:

Step 1. Click OneDrive icon on your PC, select "Help & Settings" > "Settings".

Open OneDrive settings

Step 2. At the Backup tab and click "Manage backup".

Manage to select files

Step 3. On the Manage folder backup window, select folders to backup to OneDrive. And click "Start backup".

Select files on computer to backup

Using Google Drive:

 Step 1. Open Google Drive > Log in with your account > Click "Storage" to check the available space.

If your storage is not sufficient, click "Get more storage" to upgrade your plan.

Check Google Drive storage

Step 2. Download and install the Backup and Sync app.

Visit https://www.google.com/drive/download/ > Click "Download" > Click "Agree and Download" on the popup window.

Download Google Drive backup and sync app

Step 3. Choose files and folders to backup from the computer to Google Drive. Click "Next" to continue.

  • Launch Backup and Sync > Sign in with your account.
  • At the My Computer section, Desktop, Documents, Pictures folders are selected by default.
  • You can also click "CHOOSE FOLDER" to select more folders and click "Select Folder" to add to the backup list. 
  • If you need to backup photos and videos from the computer to Google Drive, check "High quality".

Step 4. Uncheck "Sync My Drive to this computer" > click "Start" to back up selected folders from computer to Google Drive.

Set Google Drive as computer file back up destination

Using Dropbox:

Step 1. Download and install the Dropbox desktop app. 

Step 2.  Launch Dropbox, click "Backups" > "Set up".

Step 3. Click "Add folders" to select folders and files to backup and click "Save" to confirm.

The Desktop, Documents, Downloads folders are selected by default. 

Select files to back up

Step 4. Click "Set up" to start back up files from the computer to Dropbox.

start back up files from computer to dropbox

What Is The Best Way to Back Up Files? File Backup Software + External Disk

On this page, we provided different solutions for you to back up files on a computer. You can back up files on your computer drive, or save the backup files to an external hard drive, or even a cloud drive.

So what is the best way of backing up files? Here is Editor's Choice:

  • Select File Backup Software as the backup tool. 
  • Choose an external hard drive as the backup destination.

By doing so, you can back up all computer files to an external hard drive at once without taking much storage space on the disk. 

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Updated by Gemma

Gemma is member of EaseUS team and has been committed to creating valuable content in fields about file recovery, partition management, and data backup etc for many years. She loves to help users solve various types of computer related issues.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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