Files and Folders Backup with free AOMEI Backupper

What Is File Backup?

AOMEI-backup functionality comes in four different flavors: System Backup, Partition Backup and Disk Backup. These three backup modes can provide user useful and effective ways to create full backup for their partition, system or even the entire disk. There is no doubt that full backup is the powerful and efficient way to enhance data security, however, it still has its deficiency in storage space and processing time consuming. If you just need to backup specific file(s) or folder(s)? Please use File Backup. System Backup, Partition Backup and Disk Backup definitely can be used to backup those file(s) and directories but those methods will backup much more (other files and directories found in partition or on disk) and thus waste processing time and storage space on the backup media.

File Backup allows you to select specified file(s) and/or folder(s) to be backed up to prevent data loss. For instance, you can create backups for your family pictures, favorite music or other user files. File Backup is more convenient than full backup, because it can directly backup the needed files and avoid the undesired ones. This will not only save much of the operating time but also save storage space.

Why need File Backup?

If you haven’t form a habit to create backup for your vital data regularly, then you are on the risk of losing those data permanently. Data which stored on your computer can be very fragile and vulnerable to attack. Without a sophisticated backup in advance, those data can be easily damaged or lost due to system crash, software conflict, virus attack or human errors.

In order to hire double insurance for your important files, you are advised to backup them up regularly. You can set up schedule backup or manually backup those files at any time. It’s obviously that no one would enjoy from the tedious process of taking backup, but the pain of losing precious family pictures, sensitive files and favorite music still can be very annoying. You could not afford to lose those valuable files because most of them are irreplaceable. Actually, the main function of File Backup is to strengthen the data security, this feature can recover the backed up image file safely no matter the file is lost due to any reason.

What Files should You Backup?

Everyone would have his own backup preference. Which files and folders should be chosen to backup is dependent on the user’s specific needs. Here we list some obvious elections; they are described here for informational purposes only.

  • Documents: You should backup your documents which include your current work contents. And maybe also the temporary folders that is put on the desktop. Or all of the data stored in my-user's home directory and below and data stored for any user configured on your computer under the user folder. Note: Some application programs may store data in places other than the users home directory by default or you or your system administrator may have directed programs to do so by choosing other storage locations.
  • Music: If you don’t want to disappoint yourself, backup your MP3 downloads which you’ve paid lots of money for. Because you’ll probably be depressed to lose them.
  • Pictures and Videos: Family pictures and videos are priceless wealth, they are the witness which tell how time taken part in your life. It will not take too much time to backup it up, remind yourself to backup them regularly if you can.

How to Do File Backup?

AOMEI Backupper is a FREE and professional backup software which offers a powerful File Backup feature for users. With this feature, you can randomly backup your system or even the whole hard disk to external hard drive, Networks, DVD, CD and etc. By creating an image file for your files or your entire folder, you can easily restore those files or folders to its previous condition when data loss occurs. Moreover, AOMEI Backupper provides a schedule feature which allows you to arrange for automatic backup of files and folders. For Details see Chapter "schedule file backup" Here come the detailed actions for selecting what to backup and starting the backup operation right now:

Step 1: Download the freeware: AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it. Then, click "File Backup" under the "Backup" tab.


Step 2: Click Add File or Add Folder according to your needs. Let’s take Add Folder for an example.


Step 3: You will get the following screenshot as soon as you click Add Folder. Simply click the “Browse” to continue.


Step 4: Choose the folder which you want to backup. As you can see from the screenshot, I choose the “pictures” to backup. Click “Open” to go to next step.


Step 5: Click “OK” to confirm adding this folder.


Step 6: When you set everything ready, click “Start Backup” to execute this operation.


  • You are not advised to backup your files to system partition which operating system is installed on.
  • You could set some advanced options for the current backup task, please learn Backup Options, Schedule Backup and Backup Scheme.
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