Automatically Backup Files/Folders to External Hard Drive

Brithny updated on Apr 04, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Can I automatically backup selected PC folders to the external hard drive

"I have many important files stored in 'My Documents' on my Windows 10 PC. To protect these files from unexpected data loss disaster, I want to periodically schedule backup them to the external drive. Is there any tool that allows me to do it automatically?"

The Best Tool to Automatically Backup Files to External Hard Drive

Actually, many users have one or more folders with important files stored on their PC but few of them keep a backup in other places, for example, an external hard drive. It's really not a smart decision as unexpected data loss caused by system issue, disk corruptions or some other reasons can occur at any time! But they just don't remember to back up their data until the disaster attacks. 

Fortunately, the problem can be easily fixed by auto file backup software. Here, EaseUS Windows backup software is your best choice for its advanced & flexible backup features. No need to manually copy and paste the files, as long as you set up a scheduled backup plan, it will help you automatically backup a specified folder with important data to an external hard drive. And the operation can be performed periodically, for example, daily, weekly, monthly or just when you plug in the external drive. 

Preparations:

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

Step 1. Launch EaseUS backup software and choose "File Backup" option.

click file bakup to back up files to external hard drive

Step 2. Select the files or folders you want to backup. Then click "Destination" to select the external hard drive as the backup storage location. You can also enter "Plan name" and "Description" for specifying your file backup.

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 an 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.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.