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How to Backup Only Changed Files in Windows 10

Updated on Aug 08, 2018 by Tracy King to Todo Backup Resource

Summary:
Are you trying to find a simple way to selectively backup only changed files in Windows 10 so to save more available space after the first time full backup? Here in this page, we’ll show you how to backup only altered files in Windows 10 with professional backup software in simple clicks.

Can I backup only changed files in Windows 10? How?

"Hi guys, do you know how to back up the only changed files in Windows 10? I'm using File History for file backup in Windows 10. But the problem is that File History will copy each file every time when it executes the backup command.
And this 
has taken up quite a lot of space on my computer hard drive. So I think that if I can back up the files that only altered in Windows 10, things will be perfect. But I don't know how to use File History to do the job.

Is there a tool or program that can allow me to perform such a task in Windows 10? How?"

To execute this task in Windows 10 can be easily realized by applying powerful backup software for Windows 10 and the built-in backup and recovery program in Windows 10 operating system. 

Next, you're going to learn each way about how to copy and create a backup of changes of your files with a step-by-step guide.


 Method 1. Backup only changed files and new files in 4 steps
Apply professional backup software for help

If you prefer a simple way to update and create a backup of only altered files like music, images, documents, videos, etc. in Windows 10 PC, powerful backup software with incremental/differential backup function can help. 

Professional backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup will help you realize the goal within just a few simple clicks. Just download and install it on your Windows 10 PC for free and let it help you now:

Why do we recommend you try EaseUS Todo Backup as a backup tool to only update and copy the transformed files in Windows PC?

Here is a list of popular features that you may love in EaseUS Todo Backup:

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❷ Incremental backup: backup only altered files and new files since the last backup.
❸ Customized compression feature: compress the backup image, occupying small storage space on your PC or external hard drive.
❹ Compatible with all Windows OS: Windows 10/8.1/8/7, Windows XP and Vista.

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2.  If you have any questions in using this software for backing up newly added or revised files, follow the guidelines below to do it on your own now.

Tutorial: Backup only altered files in 4 steps with EaseUS Todo Backup

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup and select File Backup.

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 regular basis. 

make a full file backup first

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

If you just want to back up one or some specific file types from one folder, the option at the top right corner can help you exclude the others files.

select the file that you want to back up

Step 3. Select a destination to save your backup file.

select a destination to save the Windows backups

Step 4. Click "Schedule" to create an automatic incremental backup.

For example, if you want to back up these files every Sunday, select "Weekly", and select "Sun". Then, set the backup method as Incremental.

Our software will start with a full backup for the first time. After that, it will execute a backup task for only changed files every Sunday. 

set a schedule and you will be able to start an incremental backup with the help of EaseUS Todo Backup

Notice: Here's a warm tip for you. Since it's the first-time backup for creating a full backup image, the process normally takes longer as it needs to image all selected files. Have a little rest and wait patiently.

If you have enough space, you can also select the "Appoint weekly first backup as Full" option. This option enables you to take a full backup and an incremental backup at the same time. But it takes a lot of disk space.

After this, EaseUS Todo Backup will automatically backup files that only altered for you in Windows 10 after the first full backup operation. Nothing else you'll need to do later. 


 Method 2. Set up a schedule in Windows 10 to backup only changed/new files

Another way that you can try is to apply Windows built-in backup tool in Backup and Restore (Windows 7) for creating a scheduled backup plan for backing up newly added or updated files with manual steps. And you can also follow and try this method now:

Step 1. Type Control Panel in the Search box in Windows 10 to open the Control Panel.

Open Control Panel to set schedule backup for only changed files.

Step 2. Find the option "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" and open it.

Open Windows Backup tool for backing up only changed files in Windows 10.

Step 3. On the right pane, click "Set up backup".
Step 4. Choose a location to save your backup. You're highly recommended to save your backup to an external hard drive.

Choose location to save only changed files in Windows 10.

Step 5. Now choose what contents you want to back up. You can follow the default Windows settings or decide by yourself.
Step 6. In the Schedule area, you can change the backup schedule for how often, what day for the new backup.

setup a schedule to backup only new and changed files in Windows 10

Step 7. Click "Save settings and run backup".

Now files that have transformed and new files that have been created since your last backup will be added to your backup according to the schedule you set.