Best Way to Backup Home Computer System and Files on Hard Drive

Posted by @Teresa

September 30, 2017

Looking for the best way to backup your home computer? This article introduces how to backup your home computer hard drive including systems, data, files, etc. in Windows 7/8/10.

Why Need Home Computer Backup?

As we know, business documents, company internal personnel files, company internal learning materials, group projects, etc. are quite important, and we backed them up for sure. Yet we don’t know that, all files on our home computer are precious as well, such as your children’s old photo, the joyful family pictures that you taken in a journey, the video you made at your mother’s birthday, and so on. So many amazing and wonderful memories and for most of them, you cannot create once more. Under such circumstance, you need the best way to backup home computer, don’t you?

Where to Backup Home Computer Files?

As for the home computer backup solution, it depends on how many home computers there are in your house. If you have one computer at home, it is suggested to purchase an external hard drive as the backup storage since the price of HDD becomes affordable nowadays. Then you can set to automatically backup your computer to external hard drive, once and forever.

If you have multiple home computers need to be backed up, the best backup strategy is Network Attached Storage (NAS) or network shared location. There are many NAS with great properties that in low cost on the market, like Seagate Central and WD My Cloud. With a few steps, you can breezily backup Windows 7 to WD My Cloud. Absolutely, backing up home computer to network location is also a good method to share files over a network. Every connected computer can access to these files by restoring them.

Another indirect backup solution is store backup images on cloud storage, like Google Drive, OneDrive, etc. Many users consider that cloud storage is used to store files. But they don’t aware that backup images are files as well. If you’re running Windows 10, you can easily backup files to OneDrive. No matter which solution you’ll choose, it seems like some budgets are necessary.

What is the Best Way to Backup Your Home Computer?

After learning why you back up and where to back up home computer, now let’s discuss how to perform the backup task. Generally speaking, you have two methods to realize backup. As we know, Windows has built-in backup tool, Windows Backup and Restore in Windows 7, File History in Windows 8 and 10. It is cheap and fast using this tool. For example, you can create a system image of your current OS, and create a repair disc in case your system goes wrong. You are allowed to set scheduled backup task as well as task scheduler log off backup. Access Windows internal backup utility with following steps:

*In Windows 7, go Start, type “backup” in the search box and select “Backup and Restore”. At the left pane, you’ll see “Create a system image” and “Create a system repair disc”. At the right pane, you can click “Back up now” to set the task.

*In Windows 8 and 10, go “Control Panel” > “System and Security” > “File History”. If you didn’t back up before, you’ll find the “File History is off” message. Click “Turn on” to configure.

As mentioned before, Windows built-in tools are cheap and easy. However, there are some costs for this cheap solution. More specifically, your home computer backup would be restricted with their limitation. For example, you cannot restore individual files from a backup image when you need just one or two particular files; you can have only one system image on a drive at a time because the previous system image on the drive will be overwritten; you cannot scheduled backup system drive automatically; and you cannot expect Windows backup and restore to auto delete old backups for save storage space.

Best Home Computer Backup Software – AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Professional is reliable and powerful backup software that can help you easily back up home computer hard drive containing systems, personal files and other data to your desire place. It supports back up to internal HDD drive, external hard drive, NAS, network share, USB flash drive, Thumb Drive, SSD, etc. any media that can be recognized by Windows.

AB PRO Backup

In terms of backup, AOMEI Backupper offers incremental, differential and full backup types on Disk Backup, System Backup, Partition Backup, File Backup and File Sync features. Each feature allows you to set scheduled regular back up in Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event-trigger (Login, Logoff, Shutdown, etc.). With File Sync, you can sync two folders in Windows in real-time mode and get the change instantly.

Real-time Sync

Besides, it supports to create a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD disc, so that you can backup hard drive without booting Windows.

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Certainly, AOMEI Backupper provides thorough restore functions. Restoring individual files from an intact image is available as well. The outstanding feature “Universal Restore” allows you to restore one home computer system image to the other computer with different hardware. Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP are supported by AOMEI Backupper.

Summary

When looking for the best way to backup home computer, many factors need to be taken into consideration, from cover to cover. By the way, AOMEI Backupper actually is great alternative to File History in Windows 8 and 10. Either to backup computer at home or in the office, constantly backups is important. It is suggested to backup important files to more than one storage since you don’t know tomorrow and the accident who will come first.