How to Backup Laptop Files to Seagate External Hard Drive?

Posted by @Ivy

June 1, 2018

In this article, you can learn how to backup laptop files to Seagate external hard drive with a step by step guide. You can choose the suitable way for you.

About Seagate backup drive

Seagate is a manufacturer of hard drives, including external hard drives that can be used for backups. And there is a preloaded backup software named Seagate Dashboard in Seagate Backup Plus or Center external hard drive.

This is why you can use Seagate Backup Plus or Center as backup drive. With Seagate Dashboard, you can create a scheduled backup and automatically save user-generated content to the drive, and much more.

How to backup laptop files to Seagate external hard drive?

Automatic backup files to Seagate external hard drive in Windows

Step 1. Connect your Seagate external drive to your computer

Step 2. Click Use this drive for backup under AutoPlay window and then Windows Backup and Restore will pop up.

Step 3. Select Let Windows choose or Let me Choose and then click Next

Let Windows Choose

Note: If you just want to backup files saved in libraries, on the desktop, in default Windows folders, you can choose Let Windows choose. If you want to backup specific files or folders, you can choose Let me choose.

Step 4. Confirm the backup settings and click Save settings and run Backup to start the pending operation. After this operation is completed, you can go to Seagate external drive and check if there is a backup.

Confirm Settings

Backup and Restore utility (Windows 7) is very useful. It can help you to backup files on your computer as long as you have a common external hard drive or backup drive. However, it may fail to encrypt and compress backup images. Also, it cannot support Differential Backup.

Auto backup files to Seagate external hard drive with included software

Step 1. Connect the Seagate external drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected.

Step 2. Double-click the Seagate Dashboard Installer.exe and follow the instructions to install it.

Step 3. Launch Seagate Dashboard and access its main page.

Step 4. Click Protect and Protect Now in order. And then, it will start to backup all non-system files to external hard drive.


Note: If you want to create a scheduled backup or just take a one-time snapshot of files and folders, you should click New Backup Plan instead of Protect Now.

To make changes, you can click the pencil icon and then change whatever you like in the following.

1. Select the specified files or folders to be backed up.

2. Change the backup settings for your files and folders, including hourly, daily, weekly, monthly.

3. Change the destination path to save your backup.

Seagate external hard drive backup failed

Seagate Dashboard is backup software included in Seagate backup drive, which can help you backup files or system. However, sometimes, you may find the Seagate external drive backup failed due to Seagate Dashboard not working. And I’ll list the common situations to Seagate external hard drive won’t backup.

  • Initial job pending.

  • Dashboard freezes after starting your first backup.

  • Service Seagate Dashboard/Mobile Backup Service failed to start.

If your Seagate external hard drive backup failed due to the included software, you can input the above situation in the search engine and find the solutions.

If you cannot find solutions and fix the problem in a very short time, there is no need to waste your time. You can choose Seagate Dashboard alternative – AOMEI Backupper.

Alternative software to backup laptop files to Seagate external hard drive

File backup software for Seagate external hard drive

Like Seagate Dashboard, AOMEI Backupper is still backup software, which can offer you more features. With it, you can backup files, partition, system and hard drive. And you can enjoy more backup settings when you create a file backup.

You can encrypt files to ensure its security and compress files at any level. You can backup files at daily, weekly, monthly. The incremental and differential backup is also supported. Besides, you can delete file backup to manage backup disk space if your backups occupy too much space.

How to backup files to Seagate external hard drive in Windows?

Step 1. Download the freeware: AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it. Then, click File Backup under the Backup tab.

File Backup

Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder according to your needs. Let’s take Add Folder for an example.

Add File Folder

Step 3. Click the Browse to continue.


Step 4. Choose the folder you want to backup and click Open. And then, click OK to confirm the selected folder.

Select Folder

Step 5. By default, it will automatically select a path for your backup. You can click Step 2 to change it to NAS, external hard drive or other path. And then click Start Backup to start the pending operation.

Start Backup

AOMEI Backupper is a great choice for you to backup files to Seagate external hard drive. You just need to follow the above steps and move your finger.

With a backup in hand, you can restore files from backup at any time. Or if you just want to view files in the backup image, you can click Utilities > Explore Image to explore your backup image to the local computer. Then, you can see it in the virtual drive.