Copy or Back Up Program Files(x86) to External Hard Drive in Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

"I decided to reinstall Windows 7 on my computer but all the installed programs in the Program Files in C drive will be erased. I really want to keep some of the very important programs, especially the ones I did the upgrade. Is there any program backup software for me to make the backup?"

What's the Significance of Backing up Program Files in Windows

Do you fully understand what the Program Files folder is for? When you access the C drive on your computer, you will find a Program Files folder and another Program Files (x86) folder as well. In fact, both folders are available to place the installed software programs in Windows, but the x86 version is there for backward compatibility so that you can run 32-bit applications on a 64-bit operating system.

Before we introduce the Program Files backup solution to you, please be aware that not all programs are able to set up and run correctly after restore. You must be very clear that when it is significant to backup those program files. We listed three cases in which you may want to make this backup.

No.1 You don't want to lose the status of some programs after the reinstallation, such as game progress, account information, browser bookmarks and so on.

No.2 Only demand to backup program files and settings due to the lack of storage space on a backup location.

In conclusion, the coming backup solution to backup Program Files is not applicable when you're looking for a way to copy, transfer or backup the installed programs without reinstalling. If that's what you need, you should go to the linked page to learn how to backup installed applications in Windows 10 with Windows apps data backup software.

Back Up Program Files to an External Hard Drive in Windows 10/8/7

Instead of directly copying the very large Program Files folder to an external hard drive, here is a much more efficient way. Use third-party file backup software to create a backup image of the Program Files folders. 

EaseUS Todo Backup is recognized as the best Windows program files backup software, with which you can back up the whole Program Files folder to an external hard drive, USB flash drive, network drive or cloud drive in order to keep the very important program information up to date even after reinstalling.

The backup guide is as follows, please first connect your external hard drive to your computer and make it detected by Windows.

Step 1. Connect the external hard drive or USB flash drive to your PC and run EaseUS Todo Backup.

Step 2. Click the left top icon and expand the pane, click "File Backup".

elect file backup mode.

Step 3. Select the files that you want to backup to external hard drive or USB. And then click "Browse" to navigate the external hard drive or USB flash drive as the file backup destination.

Select external hard drive as backup destination.

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to execute the file to external hard drive/USB backup operation.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

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.