Backup Data to External Hard Drive

Posted by @AOMEI

April 29, 2016

It is a wise decision to backup data to external hard drive. A backup software AOMEI Backupper can make the data backup simple and fast.

Why backup data to external hard drive

To prevent the danger caused by malicious software, viruses, physical damage and theft, you need to backup data so that you can recover files almost instantly. As we all know, the primary principle of backing up your data is that any important data should exist in two or more physical locations. So choose a reliable location to save the image files is critical. There are so many ways to store backups. What need to be considered is the convenience, cost, the amount and size of files. And an external hard drive meets all the requirements. You can see the strong points of this storage.

●An external hard drive can easily be connected to your computer using a USB port.

●External hard drive are increasingly in expensive.

●It can hold lots of information, you had better use a 200 gigabytes one to guarantee that it can accommodate enough room for backups.

●And it is safe for your data because an external hard drive can be stored in a location that’s separate from your computer once the backup is done.

●You just need to plug the external hard drive into your computer when a backup is scheduled to occur.

How to backup data to external hard drive on Windows 7

There are so many ways to backup data to external hard drive. You can backup your data using the built-in tools of Windows 7, or choosing a software to backup data to external hard drive. It is time-consuming and complicated when using the built-in backup function of Windows 7. So why not using a software to realize the backup? We always consider some elements, such as, the price, the ease of use and so on. AOMEI Backupper is a free, safe and easy to use software to backup data to external hard drive. The following is the quick guide to backup all data to external hard drive.

Step1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install it.

Step2. Plug the external hard drive into the available USB port of computer, and the system will send you a message “Your new hardware has been installed and is ready for use”.

Step3. Launch AOMEI Backupper, now we try to backup all data on computer, so we click the Disk Backup under the Backup option.

Disk Backup

Step4.Import a Task Name to distinguish it from other backups. Select the disks you need to backup and select the external hard drive “E:\” as the destination path. Make sure that your external hard drive has enough space to store the image files, or it will pop up a warning “The disk space on the selected partition may be insufficient.

Select Location

Step5. Click the Start Backup to begin the backup, and when you confirm there are image files in the external hard drive, click “Finish” to close the interface.


In order to backup computer to external hard drive effectively, do not pull the device out unless the backup is done.

For a maximum protection, keep your external hard drive in a fireproof location separate from the computer.

Be aware of the difference between incremental and full backups, because only a subset of files changes between backups, there is no need to backup all regularly. Only new files and those which have been modified need to be backed up - this is called incremental backup. To learn more about incremental backup, you can view the Incremental and Differential.

■If you want to backup computer to external hard drive in a fixed time, just click this link How to create a schedule backup.