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Copy/Move Windows.old Folder to External Hard Drive

Updated by Daisy on Apr 21, 2021
Written by Roxanne

Overview

Every time when you re-installing or upgrading Windows 10, the operating system will create a Windows.old folder which holds a copy of your previous Windows installation, including user profiles, installed program & settings and personal files. If something goes wrong during or after the installation, you can restore windows.old to easily and quickly go back to previous Windows version without reinstalling system & installed programs and losing data. So, it is important for you to protect windows.old folder from unexpected data loss disaster. The best way to do this job is to move or copy windows.old to an external hard drive. Here we will show you how to do it in simple steps.  

Why You Need to Backup or Move windows.Old to External Drive

Even windows.old folder is important, but it is not existing on your computer all the time. In some special situations, it might be deleted. First, Microsoft only keeps windows.old folder on your computer for 30 days since your last Windows installation. Now it is minimized to 10 days since you installed the Windows 10 Anniversary update. After the time, windows.old folder will be deleted automatically. And second, as a complete backup of your whole system partition, Windows.old will take much of your disk space and cause low disk space. In this case, you might delete it when you are trying Windows 10 disk cleanup or other tools to free up disk space by deleting system files. 

When you lose windows.old folder in these special cases, you won't be able to go back to the previous system without losing data. So we recommended you move or copy windows.old to another drive (here external drive is a better choice). It is the best way to keep and backup windows.old folder for a long time. 

Backup windows.old to External Drive with EaseUS File Backup Software

To backup windows.old in a safe and easy way, EaseUS Windows backup software is your best choice. The software works well to backup file/folder, system, installed applications, partition, and disk for Windows 10/8.1/8/7. Coming with advanced & flexible backup features and intuitive user interface, it can guide you copy or move windows.old folder to another drive, external hard disk, USB flash drive, SD card and another external storage device with ease.

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To move/copy windows.old to an external drive, follow these steps:

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "File" on the main window.

choose file backup

Step 2. On the "File Backup" window, you can choose the target files you want to backup

choose files you want to backup

Then add the plan name or text description to the file backup and then choose a backup location.

To backup files to an external hard drive, click "Browse..." in the "Destination" area.

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EaseUS Todo Backup now supports users to back up files to the cloud. All you need to do is sign up with an EaseUS account, then you could enjoy a large cloud storage space. More advantages of backing up to the cloud include accessing backup files anytime and anywhere, saving file copies offsite, so you don't need to worry about virus attacks or computer failures, and easier and faster backup and recovery operations.
choose external hard drive to backup files

Also, if you're interested in getting more backup features, go and find them by clicking "Schedule", "Image-reserve strategy" and "Backup options".

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Step 3. After settings were all made, click "Proceed".

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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