Backup PC to External Hard Drive in an Easy Way

Posted by @Teresa

September 15, 2017

Backup PC to external hard drive in Windows 7/8/10/XP is a wise move to safeguard your operating system as well as the precious personal stuff in it, and it can be easy.

Why backup PC to external hard drive?

Backup your files or Windows is crucial yet few people take it seriously. They either in denial, under the illusion that their PC will never break down or hold the wrong impression that backup is too difficult to finish. However, they would kick themselves when computer failure or data losing actually happens to them. One small accident, a virus, or hard drive failure can destroy all the important stuff you care most about on your computer. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to backup computer to external hard drive that outside of the internal disk because once the system meltdown, you may lose everything in it. In addition, using backup software for external hard drive to back it up for better protection is also available. Some Windows users only backup C drive once in a while, nevertheless, backing up entire PC to external hard drive helps you retrieve much more personal data while do restoration.

Best way to backup computer

The first thought in your mind might be using Windows backup tools. Definitely, you can use Backup and Restore in Windows 7 and File History in Windows 8/10 to backup your computer.  Type in backup or file history into the Startmenu search box to open its relative window. However, the File History feature will only backup the files stored in libraries, desktop, favorites and contacts folders, instead of protecting the entire system (the operating system, applications, settings and user files). As for Backup and Restore utility in Windows 7, well, it is a problem that people talk a lot. Backup and Restore utility fails to encrypt and compress backup images as well as fails to do incremental backup and differential backup. The difference between incremental & differential backup and full backup is the former backup mode will merely backup changed data and new added data to save disk space. As a result, it is better to use free backup software to backup PC to external hard drive in Windows 7/8/10 or Windows XP.

Why choose AOMEI Backupper?

One thing to look out for when you choose 3rd party backup software is the ability to back up files and settings outsider of your Documents, Photos, Music, and Video folders, such as contacts, emails, and web browser bookmarks. It is crucial to ensure you’re backing up everything you need to get back to where you were in the event of a disk failure. The Disk Backup feature in AOMEI Backupper standard are able to back up everything on the disk, even the “locked” files that you’re working on during the backup process. Yet another thing to watch out for is the ease of restoring backup files. The Selective Files Restore feature in AOMEI Backupper standard allows you to get inside a backup and retrieve specific files without forcing you to restore the entire backup.

Steps to backup your computer to external drive

Step1. Download, install, and launch AOMEI Backupper standard. Select Backup, and then click Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step2. Select the source disk you need to back up.

Select source disk

Step3. Select the external hard drive as the destination path, and click Start Backup.

Select destination disk


Backup Options: this is the place where you are able to encrypt and compress as well as split backup image during the backup process.

Backup Options

Schedule: If you check Schedule box, you can set regular backup and incremental backup up.

Schedule Settings

It is easier to backup PC to external hard drive with AOMEI Backupper standard. In fact, apart from backing up computer to external drive, you also can back up external hard drive to another place. To learn more information, see external hard drive backup software. AOMEI Backupper offers plenty of helpful features to satisfy your backup requirements, such as dissimilar hardware restore, and system clone, etc.