As mentioned inmy last blog, this week I’d like to focus on how to back up your entire PC system.
Losing the data on your computer can be devastating. At best, maybe you’ve lost your finely crafted CV; at worst, you’ve lost every photo of your children through the years.
It’s terrifying to think that one day you could lose all your data, but it doesn’t have to be the case if you regularly back up your hard drive.
File History in Windows 10 is our recommended way to create a full back-up. Not only does it automatically create back-up copies of your files, you can also use it to restore all your files if you ever lose them, restore a single file or go back to an old version of a file.
Before you start, you will need to buy a good external hard drive, of which there are two types:
Portable hard drives are easy to transport and are powered by your computer’s power supply.
Stationary hard drives tend to stay in one location for most of the time and require an external power source.
Once you have plugged in your hard drive, you can start your back-up:
Open the Settings app in Windows 10, click on Update & security, then chose Backup from the menu on the left-hand side.
You can now select the drive you want to save the back-up to – your external hard drive should be listed in the drop-down menu. Click on it and voilà, File History is now backing up your data!
An on/off slider will now appear under a new heading called “Automatically back up my files.”
File History will back-up all the folders in your User folder, so to add other folders, click on More options under the on/off slider and scroll down to “Back up these folders.”
Add a folder by clicking the “+” at the top of the list. You can also specify any folders to exclude from the back up so that they don’t take up too much space on your drive.
Also within the More options section, you can adjust how often the back-up is performed and how long the back-ups are kept for.
For added security, we also recommend that you:
Back up regularly. After an initial full back-up of the entire system, set up automatic back-ups, which store only what has been changed or added, thus saving disk space.
Test your recovery plan. There is nothing worse than discovering your back-up doesn’t work!
Always complete a full back-up before installing new programmes, updates or drivers.