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How to Automatically Backup Your Files in Windows 10

Many people these days store their important data on their computers. This will range from family photos to business data. Losing all these can be a very devastating thing. It will cost you a lot of dollars if you prefer sending it to a specialist to carry out the recovery for you depending on how severe the loss may be. It is, therefore, such a wise thing to ensure that your backup data on a regular basis. Windows 10 has an automatic file backup program that is built right into the operating system. Since you always run the risk of losing data on your hard drive it is recommended that you use a secondary device to backup your data, such as a zip drive or second hard drive. This ensures that your data will be saved in case your primary drive fails. Read on to know how auto file backup windows 10 is done.

If for in case you are to use a second hard drive to do the backup, you will first ensure that the drive is formatted after installing it on your computer. This can be done by opening the "My Computer" icon on your computer. You will then see your hard drives under the "Hard Disk Drives" section. Select the new drive and right click it, the drive will often label E: or F: depending on how many other devices are installed on the computer. In the drop-down menu that appears you then select format and follow the simple format process.

After finishing the setup and formatting, you will now be ready to set up the file backup. Once you open the windows 10 backup utility, the program will launch and you will be presented with several options, some of which may be greyed out. You will want to first select the option that says 'Setup automatic file backup.' After selecting this option you will be able to select whether you want to backup your data to a hard drive / CD / DVD or another computer on the network. Select your new hard drive from the list and select next.

The next page that will be displayed will allow you to select what types of files you want to backup. After selecting what types of files you wish to backup you can continue on to the next screen by pressing next.

You can then at this point choose how and when you will wish your computer to carry out an automatic backup of files. How often you backup your data can really depend on how much you use your computer and what you use your computer from. If you use your computer on a daily basis and are constantly adding and changing files, we would recommend doing a daily backup. If you are just a casual user that does not use your computer for storing a lot of data, a weekly backup may suit your purposes more. Either way, it is recommended to set the backup time to a time when you will not be using your computer, because running a backup while using the computer can impact performance and even cause the backup to fail. After finishing all these, go on to select the save settings and start backup button. You are now ready to backup your data.