Backup Specific Folders That Change Often in Windows 10

Posted by @Ivy

May 21, 2019

In general, file history does not back up all your folders. However, what if you want to backup specific folders in Windows 10? Go ahead and see this article.

About backing up specific folders in Windows 10

When it comes to backing up specific folders in Windows 10, you may want to know why and how to do that.

The reasons why you need to backup your specific folders is to ensure the security of these folders or keep files in it up-to-date. For users who use some folders on a regular basis are likely to change files, add files, delete files or revise files on these folders. However, if you forget to save your changes, you will lose your changes of these folders.

To ensure the security of these folders or keep files in it up-to-date, you need to backup it. As for how to backup it, you can use Windows 10 built-in tool file history or other files and folders backup software.

Backup specific folders in Windows 10 using built-in tool

From above, you must know there are two methods you can backup specific folders in Windows 10. The first one is to backup folders in Windows 10 using file history. About this method, I will tell you two things.

1. Overview of Windows 10 file history

2. Steps to backup folders in Windows 10 using file history

The details are as follows.

About Windows 10 file history

File history was introduced in Windows 8 as a files or folders backup software. And it is also included in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

By default, file history will backup all your default and custom Libraries (including Public Folders), plus Contacts, Desktop and Favorites folders. It will also back up your OneDrive folders which are made available offline. Most importantly, File History monitors changes for these folders, and automatically backs up any files that have been added or modified, similar to OS X’s Time Machine. However, there is no way to backup specific folders in Windows 8/8.1 file history.

Unlike Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10 has a new feature called Add Folders which can let you choose specific fodders. About how to backup specific fodders in Windows 10, you can see below.

Detailed steps to backup folders in Windows 10

Step 1: Open file history. You can directly typefile history” in the search box and choose file history settings. After that, you will enter a backup window and click Add Drive under Back up using File History tab to mount a drive for your file backup.

Add a Drive

Step 2: Click More options. You can set up the interval of file backup and how long to keep backed up files, add a specific folder, exclude a specific folder or switch file history to a different drive.

Backup Options 1

Note: About how long you can keep your backed up files, there are three types of choices you need to know.

1. Forever. It means File History will keep making and saving backups until your drive is full. At that point, you'd have to either use a different drive or manually start a cleanup from the Control Panel (under System and Security > File History > Advanced Settings) to make space.

2. Until space is needed. It means File History will automatically remove the oldest versions of the files it backs up when space gets low on your backup drive.

3. Other timeframes like 1 month or 2 years. It means File History will delete the oldest versions when files reach that time setting.

Step 3: Click Back up now and start your first file backup.

Backup specific folders using file backup software

Compared with the previous version of file history, Windows 10 file history can manually add new folders to file history. However, you may find Windows 10 File History not working properly. For example, when you use File History to backup and it is apparently running with “File History is saving copies of your files”, however, days later there is still no file on your backup drive.

To avoid meeting this situation, you need to find a file history alternative for Windows 10. You can use it to replace Windows 10 file history, especially when it cannot work properly. Here, I will show you a powerful software called AOMEI Backupper.

 About AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a powerful software which can support all kinds of backup, include File Backup, File Sync, System Backup, Partition Backup, etc. Aside by that, it still supports corresponding restore feature. And it can use various drives which can be recognized by Windows, including Internal Hard Drive, External Hard Drive, USB flash drive, NAS, etc.

 Detailed steps to backup folders in Windows 10

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it.

Step 2: Click Backup and File Backup

File Backup

Step 3: Click Add Folder and tag on Browse to select a specific folder when a new window pop-up.

Select Specific Folders

Note:As you can see from above, there's another feature called Filter setting in the Select folder window. If you want to backup files with a certain file extension, you need to upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Step 4: Click Step 2 or drop-down menu to select a destination path. You can choose to backup to internal hard drive, external storage device, cloud storage device or NAS, etc.

Select Destination Path

To backup specific folders in Window 10 in a better way, you need to make a schedule backup according to your needs.


In short, you can backup specific folders in Windows 10 using file history. But windows 10 file history does not work properly all the same. You may encounter a situation like File History Doesn’t Recognize This Drive. Then, you need a file history alternative like AOMEI Backupper to replace it. With AOMEI Backupper, you can choose any folders you want. And you can set Filter setting to backup files with certain file extension. Aside by File Backup, you still can enjoy other backup features like System Backup, Partition Backup, etc.