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Automatically Backup Files/Folders to External Hard Drive

Updated on Apr 04, 2019 by Brithny to Backup Utility

EaseUS Windows backup software can help you automatically backup files or folders to an external hard drive periodically, for example, daily, weekly, monthly or just when you plug in the external drive after you set up a scheduled backup plan.

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. 


  • 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


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.