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How to Copy/Backup Program Files(x86) to External Hard Drive Windows 10/8/7

Updated on Jun 15, 2018 by Jean to Todo Backup Resource

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

"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 backwards 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 bakcup 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.

How to backup 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 free 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 backup the whole Program Files folder to an external hard drive, USB flash drive, network drive or cloud drive in oder 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. Launch the EaseUS Todo Backup Free after the install. Click File Backup.

click file backup

Step 2. When you're asked to select the file or folder, please follow the path to click Computer -> C: -> Program Files and Program Files (x86)

select program files and program files x86

Step 3. After the selection, you need to choose the external hard drive as the backup destination. Click Proceed.