How to Backup to an External Hard Drive in Windows 7/8/10

Posted by @Cherry

April 27, 2016

Backup data to an external hard drive for Windows 10 is a good way to keep the data safe. The AOMEI Backupper provides you backup to external hard drive in Windows 7/8/10.

Backup is important to computer users

Storing all data on one hard drive is too dangerous. As time went by, it has been found that many situations would cause the data on the hard drive lost, such as laptop stolen, theft, unexpected deletion, natural disasters, etc. Once the accident happened, your data will be lost permanently and you have no way to rescue it unless you backed up to an external hard drive before. Yes, you can restore data as only as you backed it up to an external hard drive in the earlier time. Thus, backup to an external hard drive is important to computer users.

Where should you store the backup images?

There are many places that you can store your backup images, such as the other local partitions, other different hard drives, , share on NAS(network attach storage), an external hard drive. To ensure the data’s safety, you’d better store the backups to another different hard drive in different places. Thus, an external hard drive should be the best place because it is separated from the computer so that it can get out of the troubles produced by computer. So, backup to an external hard drive should be the best way to keep the data safe.

How to backup to an external hard drive?

Well, how to backup to an external hard drive? For the brief and safe, here we highly recommend you a free backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard, which contains four kinds of backup: System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup, File Backup, as the following screen shot shows. You can choose any one according to your requirements.

Main Interface

Each backup will bring you to the page where you can select the source files and the destination place. To backup to an external hard drive, select the external hard drive you prepared before to store the backups on. Take Disk Backup page as an example. Click “Step1” to choose the source disk, then, click “Step2” to select the external hard drive as destination place.

Backup

Notes:

The Backup Options provides you set more for your backups, add comments, make compression, etc.

The Schedulefunction provides you automatic backup to an external hard drive. You can check the box to set up a schedule backup.

After all the settings about your backup, click Start Backup to launch the progress, and after it’s done, click Finish to exit.

Computer users stored many kinds of data on the hard drive. You may want to only backup system, or backup all data on the hard drive, or just one partition, or only backup files and folders to an external hard drive, and AOMEI Backupper is the best helper for backing up cause it can satisfy you all the demands. What’s more, you can backup to an external hard drive free in Windows 10/8/7, cause it is free for Windows PC operating systems. You can download this freeware and try to use it to backup for your Windows.