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How to Backup Files Before Formatting in Windows 10/8/7 PC and Laptop

Updated by Gemma on Nov 29, 2021
Written by Brithny

Disk formatting is the configuring process of a data storage media such as a hard disk drive, memory card or flash drive for initial use. Any existing files on the drive would be erased with disk formatting. That's why we wrote this article and ask you to backup files before formatting in a Windows computer or laptop with the help of EaseUS Todo Backup.

7 Things You Must Consider Before Formatting

People tend to perform a quick disk formatting on their computers as soon as a storage media has some issues, such as unreadable, not opening, not accessible, or filling up by junky data files on it. Generally, it's quick and straight to format an external hard drive or a USB flash drive, because they usually hold personal data that can be easily copied/transferred to another place for a backup. Whereas for Windows desktop or laptop storage which has a close relationship with the operating system and system programs, in addition to a mere data backup, there are some other significant moves you should take before formatting. Here are seven tips for you to manage a computer resource while preparing for formatting a disk and erasing data.

  1. 1. Take a full backup of everything you need
  2. 2. Copy your drivers of graphics, audio, etc.
  3. 3. Write down your browser account, password, and settings.
  4. 4. Copy your operating system if you don't want a reinstallation.
  5. 5. De-authorize or deactivate the software which works with a single license code on one PC.
  6. 6. Save your product key, especially for the purchased programs like Office, Adobe products, etc.
  7. 7. Save your operating system serial keys since you need to reactivate it later.

What Should I Backup Before Formatting

Then what files are essential or what files are mandatory to back up? In fact, no matter what computer information you're going to save an exact copy of it, you must employ a capable data backup and recovery program for Windows 10/8/7 as well as earlier Windows operating system versions. EaseUS Todo Backup comes handy for personal use with a concise interface, and it provides customers with several mutually exclusive but comprehensive backup features that supposed to meet different requirements as follows.

  1. 1. For external hard drives, you can directly choose backup the entire drive or its partitions
  2. 2. For local drives, you got two options to take an effective backup.
  • For non-system drives, you can choose to backup files/drive partition as you want.
  • For system C drive, you can choose to back up the operating system or the whole system drive with data and programs on it.

What files you should choose to back up is decidedly up to you. Be ready to backup files before formatting Windows 10/8/7 with a user-friendly Windows backup and recovery program - EaseUS Todo Backup, which ensures a complete backup of hard drive, external hard drive, programs, documents, videos, photos, emails and all data you concerned on a PC and laptop.

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How to Backup Files Before Formatting in Windows 10/8/7 PC, Laptop or External Hard Drive

Though as easy as 123 with characterized "backup" features that are exclusively designed for drive/partition, system, files, and emails, some of you may still wander a number of details. So, why not figure out the answers before initializing your first backup before formatting?

Backup computer before formatting FAQs:

1. Where can I save the large computer backups?

It depends on you because the software allows you to choose a backup location as you want, including a physical hard drive, a removable hard disk, Network drive, NAS, or Cloud.

2. Should I backup the AppData folder?

The AppData folder contains application settings, files, and data specific to the application on your Windows PC. Since formatting your PC usually solves the problem of the computer freezing, crashing, viral damage, or lagging behind and aims to make your computer faster, it's good to have your operating system, as well as this hidden but critical folder backed up together, and restore your operating system back without re-configuring settings.

Backup computer files before formatting user guide:

Step 1. Click the "Select backup contents" button to start backup.

create file backup step1

Step 2. There are four data backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click File.

create file backup step2

Step 3. Both local and network files will be listed on the left. You can expand the directory to select the files to be backed up.

File backup

Step 4. Follow the on-screen guide, select the destination where you want to save the backup.

File backup step4

Click "Options" to encrypt the backup with password in "Backup Options", set the backup schedule and choose to start back up at certain event in "Backup Scheme". There are also many other options you can explore, customize the backup task according to your need.

Backup options

Step 5. You can store the backup to local drive, EaseUS's cloud service, and NAS.

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup enables users to back up data to both third-party cloud drive and its own cloud drive.

If you want to back up data to third-party cloud drive, choose Local Drive, scroll down to add Cloud Device, add and login your account.

Backup to cloud
You can also choose EaseUS's own cloud drive. Click EaseUS Cloud, sign up with your EaseUS Account and log in.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. Click "Backup Now" to start backup. After the backup task is completed, it will be displayed in the form of a card on the left side of the panel. Right-click the backup task to further manage it.

File backup step7

How to format C drive in Windows after taking the backup? This linked page offers you a full guide.

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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 Brithny

Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech life easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. On her spare time, she loves sharing things about her favorite singer - Taylor Swift on her Facebook or Twitter.

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