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Backup Data in Windows 10

How to Back Up Data in Windows

Backup Data in Windows 10

Backing up data is beneficial for restoring information should anything happen to your computer.

Add a Backup Drive

You can get started by setting up a back-up drive.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click the Settings button.
    Back up data.

    Setting categories appear.

  3. Click Update & security.
    Back up data.

    Update, security, and backup settings appear.

  4. Choose Backup.

    Any connected external hard drives appear.

  5. Connect an external hard drive, and then click Add a drive.
    Back up data.
  6. Select a drive from the list.
    Back up data.

Backups will occur automatically to the hard drive.

Customize a Backup

Here's how you customize how your backup will work.

  1. Click More options under Back up using File History.
    Back up data.
  2. Configure your backup settings according to your specifications.
    Back up data.

    Choose when to back up files, how long to keep backups, and while folders to include in backups.

Restore Your Files

Follow these steps to restore your backed-up files.

  1. Enter Control in the search field.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
    Back up data.

    Your computer settings appear.

  3. Click System and Security.
    Back up data.
  4. Click File History.
    Back up data.
  5. Choose Restore personal files.
    Back up data.

    The File History window with your backed-up data appears. The most-recent backup is listed first.

  6. Click the Previous Version button.

    The previous backup appears.

  7. Select an individual file or entire folder to restore.
  8. Click the Restore button.
    Back up data.

The backup files are restored.

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