How to Backup to External Hard Drive with AOMEI Backupper?

Posted by @AOMEI

December 25, 2014

This article will aim at teaching you to backup to external hard drive with third-party free software—AOMEI Backupper. In addition to offering tutorial, we will also expound the importance of backup to external hard drive and some other information.

Information about Backup to External Hard Drive

To start with backup to external hard drive, we must first learn what external hard drive is. External hard drive refers to a storage facility which has been considered as the most fast and most easy way to back up large amounts of data. Normally, hard drive is connected to the computer via USB ports.

Backup to external hard drive means backup your hard disk drive, system or partition into another external hard drive. For instance, AOMEI Backupper provides three backup options: System Backup, Disk Backup and System Backup. When you practice any of this three backup mode, it will allow you to create backup image file to one partition of the local disk, or networks such as NAS, or backup to external hard drive. To handle this operation, you must plug in a hard drive to your computer in advance.

How to Backup to External Hard Drive

Actually, backup to external hard drive share the same steps with backup to local, the only difference between them lays in the destination path. To create backup to external hard drive, you must start a backup task first. There are three backup types which are provided by AOMEI Backupper: Disk Backup, Partition Backup and System Backup.

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How to backup to external hard drive? Let’s make Partition Backup as an example:

  • Step 1: Click Partition Backup to open a new window as follows.
    Step1-Step2
  • Step 2: As you can see from the screenshot, you are allowed to choose a partition you need to backup at the “Step1” option. While the “Step2” option is directly the one you need to select a destination path. You can simply plug your external hard drive, and click “Step2” option to choose an external hard drive as your destination path.
  • Step 3: Execute this operation by clicking “Start Backup”

To sum up, backup to external hard drive has two prerequisites, a normal external hard drive and a powerful backup software. Before this process, you should make sure that your external hard drive’s capacity is large enough to accommodate the whole size of the partition which you need to backup.