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Fast Backup Computer Before Clean Install Windows 10

Updated on Apr 17, 2019 by Tracy King to Backup Utility

Clean install Windows 10 will wipe out hard drive data and files, so you had better use EaseUS Todo Backup software to fast backup computer files before clean install Windows 10.

"Hi, I need reliable backup software to take a backup of PC because I decide to do a clean install of Windows 10 operating system. It has to be easy to use, with a simple, intuitive & wizard-like interface. Anyway, too sophisticated software is not so demanded."

EaseUS Todo Backup - simple yet powerful backup software for Windows users

Windows 10 has a built-in backup program called File History, but many users don't know how to make full use of it, or they just don't feel like using it. What's more, using File History program to backup files has some limits, because it only supports to backup files in the Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contact folders.

When you decide to do a clean install of Windows 10, it's highly recommended to create a full backup of your very important documents, photos, game saves and installed programs along with settings, because clean install Windows 10 will wipe out hard drive data and files. At this moment, you need a File History alternative to take care of them, and EaseUS Todo Backup is what you need.

Follow the steps to backup PC before clean install Windows 10 with EaseUS Todo Backup

EaseUS Windows backup software provides multiple backup options for users when they think about creating a full backup of computer data files before clean install Windows 10, including disk/partition backup, file backup, system backup, mail backup, and even clone. Just select one of the backup plans for your own need. Let's see how to backup files and settings without using File History.

Step 1. To back up an entire hard disk or simply its several partitions, the best backup plan is "Disk/Partition Backup". Choose this backup mode and let's begin.

choose disk/partition backup mode

Step 2. On the popup window, choose the hard drive or partition(s) you're going to back up. A check symbol appears after you clicked the mouse.

choose the hard disk/partition you want to back up

Step 3. Click the "Browse..." button in the "Destination" area to choose a backup location. Here, you can choose any location that is available to you, such as the local hard disk, folders, Network drive, NAS device or Cloud storage, including GoogleDrive, DropBox and OneDrive. You can explore all the connected drive by clicking the icon in front of each directory.

choose a backup location

Step 4. Now edit your disk backup image by adding a "Plan name" and "Description" to it.

Do not forget the advanced backup plans in " Backup options", where you can compress the backup image, encrypt the backup for privacy protection and even enable a sector by sector backup.

choose disk/partition advanced backup options

At the same time, you can turn on the "Schedule" in order to create a hard disk/partition backup on a regular basis like daily, weekly, monthly or upon an event according to the schedule set on your own. 

set a disk/partition backup schedule

And the "Image-reserve strategy" lets you manage the increasingly growing backup images economically, you can preserve the backups in a setup time or quantity.

set a disk/partition backup image-reserve strategy

Step 5. Not all the customizable hard disk/partition backup solutions are necessary but try to make full use of the necessary ones. Finally, click "Proceed" to start at once.

For safety, disconnect the physical storage device you used as a backup drive after the backup process is over.

After creating backups for your important computer data, now you can perform a clean install of Windows 10 without losing data. Also, it's highly suggested to backup the computer before factory reset Windows 10.