How to Auto Backup Data for Windows 10 in a Few Simple Steps

03/12/2019     Author: Billy Gray

In those unfortunate times when your computer gives way or you delete a file, having a backup of your stuff is essential. Here’s how to do it with Windows 10.


Sometimes bad things happen. In those times, it’s imperative to have your files backed up. With Windows 10, you can easily backup all your files with minimal effort. You don’t have to be a tech wiz to do this, either, you just need to follow a few simple steps.

With Windows 10, you can automatically backup all your data on a regular basis, ensuring that it’s recoverable in the event of a system crash. Your computer doesn’t mean much without the data on it, right? There are many ways that this data can be compromised, though. For example, if your computer is damaged or attacked by a virus, then you could experience data loss. If you’re running a business, then this could end up costing you a large sum of money.

Whatever your use for your computer, data loss is never ideal. Regularly backing up your data is the best way to prevent any serious consequences from data loss. That being said, many people don’t have this activated and are thus at risk of losing precious information in the event of a hack, a spilled glass of water, or disk failure.

You can back up your data using an external hard drive, One Drive (cloud), or a local network. It’s recommended that you use more than one location to back up your data, just be sure that it’s totally secure.

How to automatically backup your data on Windows 10

Now that you’ve got more of an idea why you should seriously consider backing up your data on Windows, here’s some simple steps on how to do it.

First thing’s first, it’s worth understanding that there’s more than one way to back up your data. With Windows 10, you can choose to back up older versions of documents rather than just the latest versions. You can even backup specific folders while ignoring other ones, if you want.

You can do this by activating file history. This allows you to save older versions of existing documents so that you can go back in time and recover them if you decide that they topped the latest version. This is very useful if you’re using excel to manage business spreadsheets. It can end up being a lifeline.

How to use File History on Windows 10

If you’re using the file history back up option, then you can access older versions of existing documents in the User folder. You can back up your files every hour if you’d like.

To set this up, follow these steps.

  1. Open Settings app on Windows.
  2. Go to Update and Security and select Backup.
  3. Press ‘Add drive’
  4. Simply choose your desired option and you’re done.
  5. Your files are now being automatically backed up.
  6. You can choose to turn auto back up on or off with the slider.

This is an essential way to keep your files secure and it gives you the luxury of being able to go back in time and recover previous versions of your documents. This can be very useful, especially if you use your computer for work.

How to get past files from backup

Now that your files are being backed up, you’ll want to know how to access past versions of them without having to faff around and waste time. This is easy.

To get a previous version of a file, you don’t even need to access your full recovery collection. You simply right-click on the file and select Properties, then click Previous Versions. From here, you can choose the modified version of the file that you want to access. Simples!

Backup and restore: System images

As well as having file history turned on, it’s also a good idea to completely backup your data on an external hard drive like a passport. This allows you to create an ‘image’ of your system, which can then be used later on to completely restore your computer to its current state in the event of something bad happening to it.

This is an essential security step to take to ensure that you don’t lose all your data if your computer is destroyed by water damage, a storm, a rogue piece of a falling asteroid… and so on.

To create a backup of your system, you’ll first need to have an external drive. Once you’ve got one connected to your computer, go to Control Panel and navigate to Backup and Restore. In this tab, you can see the option to Set up backup.

Once you select it, you’ll have to choose the location of the backup and then it will begin. In the event that something unfortunate happens to your computer, you can simply restore your system on a different one and it will be more or less exactly the same as before.

Final note

Now that you know how to back up your data on Windows, you can rest easier in the knowledge that even if something bad happens, you won’t lose all of your precious work, music, movies, and whatever else you have on your computer.

Backing up data is essential to your security and peace of mind, so make sure that you don’t forget to do it – as you can see, it’s so simple that there’s no excuse not to! Good luck.

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