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Backup Data in Windows 10

How to Back Up 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.

    Setting categories appear.

    Back up data.
  3. Click Update & security.

    Update, security, and backup settings appear.

    Back up data.
  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.

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

    Back up data.

Restore Your Files

Follow these steps to restore your backed-up files.

  1. Enter Control in the search field.
  2. Choose Control Panel.

    Your computer settings appear.

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

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

    Back up data.
  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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