You may not be aware of it, but you save a huge amount of data on your hard drive every day, including irreplaceable files that you would never want to lose. Photos from your recent vacation, your wedding video, sensitive work emails, sessions of your favorite games… You probably don’t spend too much time thinking about it, but your hard drive is like a little safe that holds a large part of your life. But are all your files truly safe?
The answer is no. Files saved on your PC are not as safe as you might assume, and in fact, any unexpected error, power outage or virus could corrupt everything you have, wiping away your memories. Fortunately, there’s a way to keep your files safe: creating a backup of your PC.
In today’s article, we’ll walk you through the steps to create a system image of your Windows 10 computer. Don’t worry, because the process is easy and requires no prior IT knowledge. Let’s have a look!
A backup is a copy of your documents and files that you can create in order to restore them in case of emergency. It’s especially useful for recovering files that have been corrupted or deleted by mistake, or, for example, restoring your computer after reverting to factory settings.
Essentially, there are two kinds of backups you can create: a backup of the files stored on your computer or a full system backup. The first option saves your personal documents (photos, emails, videos, etc.), and the second one creates an exact image of your OS that can be transferred to an empty computer.
Whether you want to back up files or your entire system, you’ve come to the right place. Keep on reading to find out how to do both things!
How to back up your personal files on Windows 10
Windows 10 has its own tool to back up personal files, and it’s quite easy to use. Called “File History,” it lets you back up your personal data on a regular basis in a matter of seconds.
To access File History, first go to the Settings menu (Windows key + I) and then select the “Update & Security” option.
Click there, and a menu will appear on the left side with all the external hard drives connected to your computer right now. Choose one to save your backup on. Then Windows 10 will automatically copy all the files you have stored on your PC.
If you prefer, you can create your backup manually by selecting “More options” followed by “Back up now.”
On the same screen, you can choose how frequently you want to back up your files and which folders you want to include in your Windows 10 backup.