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Updated by Cody Handy on Jul 20, 2023
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Effortless Windows 10 Backup: A Simple Nine-Step Guide

Backing up your Windows 10 system is crucial to safeguard your valuable data and ensure seamless recovery in case of unexpected data loss or system failures. Fortunately, creating a comprehensive backup of your Windows 10 system has never been easier.


Step 1: Assess Your Backup Needs

Before diving into the backup process, take a moment to assess your backup needs. Determine the type and amount of data you need to back up, including important files, documents, photos, videos, and other critical data. Identify the applications you wish to back up as well as your system settings.

Step 2: Choose the Right Backup Method

Windows 10 offers two primary backup methods: File History and System Image. File History is ideal for backing up personal files, while System Image creates an exact copy of your entire system, including the operating system, applications, and settings. For comprehensive protection, we recommend combining both methods.

Step 3: Connect External Storage

To store your backup securely, you'll need an external storage device, such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive. Connect your chosen storage device to your Windows 10 computer.

Step 4: Access Backup Settings

Navigate to the Windows 10 "Settings" by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the gear icon. From there, click on "Update & Security," then choose "Backup" from the left-hand menu.

Step 5: Set up File History

Click on "Add a drive" under the "Backup using File History" section. Select your external storage device from the list. File History will now automatically back up your personal files to the designated drive at regular intervals.