Ways to Backup Files to External Hard Drive

Posted by @Cherry

April 27, 2016

Computer users always back up files to secure the data. Well, what is the best way to backup files to external hard drive? The AOMEI Backupper should be the best helper.

Why do you backup files to external hard drive?

You stored all the files on your computer. However, it is svexing that stored all data on your computer. You may face the data lose problem because of many unexpected reasons. You know that many reasons can lead your computer get in trouble, and you files may lose because of those unexpected factors, system crash, computer boot failed, hard drive broken, human’s wrong operations, etc. There are many important files on your computer, including the important official documents, projects, photos full of your beautiful memories, your favorite music and videos and many other important files. Once they lost, you may get in a big suffer. To avoid those kind of problems, the best way is to backup files to external hard drive.

Ways to backup files to external hard drive

How to backup files to external hard drive? There are many ways you can choose. Here we introduce you three methods, and you can choose anyone to backup files to external hard drive to do the job.

Methods1. Copy and Paste

The Copy and Paste is an easy way to replicate the computer files. Just connect your external hard drive to your computer, and make sure it can be detected by your computer (The brand new external hard drive may need be formatted before using). To backup you files to the external hard drive, you need do it manually. Select the files you want to back up, right click it and select Copy.


Then double-click the external hard drive to open it in This PC, right-click the blank space, and select Paste, the files will be backed up on the external hard drive. Or you can just drag the files to the external hard drive directly.



1. This method can only backup files manually, if you want to backup all files to external hard drive, that would be a great job.

2. Copy and Paste cannot compress large files, that would take a lot of time and occupy a lot of storage space.

Method2. Windows built-in backup tool

Windows built-in backup tool is a good utility that can help users create system backup image, or backup files. Take Windows 7 as an example, click Start->System and Security->Backup and Restore, click the Set up backup, and it will launch this program, follow this wizard to backup files step by step.

Backup Restore

Although Windows has the function to backup files, and it can do better than Copy and Paste, it still cannot compress large files, and it cannot backup single file.

Method3. AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a good backup files to external hard drive software that overcoming all the shortages of Copy and Paste and Windows built in tool. You can use this software to backup files more flexible. If there are some large files, you can set up compression during backup so that you can save time taken and storage space. Using AOMEI Backupper should be the best way to backup files to external hard drive.

Step1.Connect your external hard drive, a USB flash drive or DVD/CD, etc, to your PC. Download this freeware (for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 users), install and launch it. Select File Backup under Backup tab. If you need backup all files on your computer to external hard drive, the disk backup should be a better choice.

File Backup

Step2.Here you can edit the task name to distinguish the backup files later. Then, select the files you want to backup. To backup computer files to external hard drive, choose the external hard drive you plugged in before as the storage device. Then, you can set up more for your backup such as add compression for saving time and space, do a schedule backup for auto backup files to external hard drive, and so on. If you are satisfied with all settings, click Start Backup to launch the progress.

Select Files

Step3. When it is done, click Finish to exit.

With the friendly interface and the simple steps, plus the powerful backup functions, backup files to external hard drive could be simpler and easier. If there are some bad things happened and your original data lost, you can use it to restore files immediately.