3 Ways to Backup Computer in Windows 7 for Free

Posted by @Cody

December 25, 2017

Many potential dangers could destroy the data your computer holds, so you should backup your computer system and data regularly. This article will show how to easily protect your Windows 7 computer data in 3 ways.

It is important to backup computer in Windows 7

Are your computer data really safe? You should think about this question before it is too late. There are many factors that can cause data loss.

No matter what hard drive you use, it will fail given enough time. Even within the warranty, 1%-5% of the hard drives will fail. Usually, it will show you a few symptoms before a hard drive failure. If you do not copy the data out in time, it is a disaster. Everybody has something on the hard drive to lose.

You probably heard of the ransomware attacks in 2017. Many computer files have been encrypted. Are you sure your anti-virus software is enough against the future virus attack?

Sometimes, an unstable software installation or Windows update will crash your computer. It might not hurt your personal data, but you probably need to reinstall Windows to fix it.

Have you ever delete some important files unintentionally or indirectly cause file deletion? All these things are unexpected. The best way to protect your data is to have your data backed up in a secure location.

Windows 7 provides Backup and Restore tool to create image backups to protect your system and files. It is very easy to set it up.

Enable Windows 7 system restore point

System Restore is a Windows snap-in feature that creates system restore points that includes system files, Windows Registry, local user profiles, and system settings. By default, it is enabled to protect C: drive.

You can also configure system restore point in Windows 7 to protect other drives. It will create shadow copies of the protected drives. Besides using system restore feature to restore system to an earlier state, you can also restore files to previous versions.

Create System Restore Point

If the file that you want to restore is deleted, you can locate the folder that the file saved in, and restore the folder to previous version.

To restore to previous version:

Step 1. Simply right click on the file or folder and then select Properties.

Step 2. Click the Previous Versions tab, and then you will see the available versions.

Step 3. Just select the proper version to restore.

In some cases, there are no previous versions, so you can restore the files. The shadow copies are saved in the volume. That is to say, if the volume crashes, the restore points are gone. Therefore, you should also create image backup besides restore points.

Create image backup in Windows 7

Windows 7 also has built-in image backup feature. It is so popular that Windows 10 has brought it back. You can backup Windows 7 computer using Backup and Restore to secondary hard drive or external hard drive, so even if the primary hard drive fails, you do not need to reinstall Windows 7 or suffer from data loss.

To access Windows 7 Backup and Restore, you can click Start, then select Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Backup and Restore. You can also search for backup and restore from the Start and select it from the results.

Setup Backup

From the Backup and Restore screen, click the link Set up backup and follow the wizard to create image backup to include system or other data.

If you want to backup Windows 7 to network location, you need to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate or higher version. Windows Backup and Restore can only protect volumes formatted with NTFS. Therefore, if you may want to consider free backup software to backup computer in Windows 7.

Backup Windows 7 computer with free backup software

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free backup and recovery software that allows you to backup system, disks, partitions, and files to any other location detected by Windows without restriction. All the image backups are compressed by default, and incremental backup and differential backup are both supported.

Steps to backup Windows 7 with free backup tool:

1. Download and install AOMEI Backupper.

2. At the main interface, click “Backup” and select System Backup to only backup Windows 7 system. If you need to backup the entire hard driev, select “Disk Backup”.

System Backup

3. For System Backup, the program will automatically include all system related partition(s) in the backup to ensure a full system recovery. You just need to click “Step 2” to select a location to save the backup.

Step 2

4. If you want auto backup, just click Schedule to set it up. After that, click “Start Backup” to start the backup.

Start Backup

After the backup finishes, you can create bootable media with CD or USB disk, so you can boot your PC from it to restore your computer when it fails to boot. Besides image backup, you can also clone your hard drive to SSD or another hard drive to protect your data.

No matter what methods you choose to backup computer in Windows 7, AOMEI Backupper is worth using. To use more advanced features like dissimilar hardware restore, you can try AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition.