How to Create a Backup of Your Data on Windows

Here is how to backup and restore files on Windows 10 with Windows inbuilt features and using the best backup and recovery software. All these tips are useful to Crete backup of your data.

Our Windows PC or Laptop is our datacenter for most of our gadgets as we store files from our smartphones, camcorder or other devices directly on to the Windows PC. But what if we fail to take the backup on Windows 10 and it crashes? Sounds horrible, right?

To safeguard data on our computer, it is important to take regular backups. When we take a complete backup, it safeguards Windows OS files, Personal files, Installation files and every setting that is present on the computer. In case of a system crash, you can get your system back in the same condition using the backup files.
Regular backups can save your data in tough times like hardware issues, malware infections, software crash or system crash. If you don't take regular backups, you may lose your important files, photos, lifetime memories, system configuration settings and more. Here are a few proactive measures that you can take to safeguard your data.

Backup Data Using Microsoft OneDrive

Backup using Microsoft OneDrive

There are several ways to back up your data on your Microsoft Windows computer. One of the best options is to configure your OneDrive with your important folders. If you got OneDrive subscription with the Microsoft Office Suite, all you need to do is login and setup OneDrive for the first time.

OneDrive PC Backup

If you have an Outlook account or a Hotmail account, you can download and install OneDrive and configure your account with the cloud storage drive. The free account offers you 5 GB of storage space.

Once you have the drive installed, configure your account on the drive and select the folders to backup. By default, you can Backup, Desktop, My Documents, Photos or Videos but you can also configure other important folders to it. The sync arrows will start spinning and stop once it is synced.

Backup Data Using Google Drive

Google Drive gives you more room to backup more files as you get 15 GB of storage space with a free account. This is again one of the easiest methods to back up your important files on the cloud drive. The setup process is the same as Microsoft OneDrive.

Download and install the setup of Google Drive and configure your Gmail account with it. Once configured, select the folders that you wish to backup with this cloud storage. The good part is that you can configure both Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive together however the demerit is that it will slow down your PC if the incremental backup sync is turned ON.

"Please Note: These backup systems cannot take a full backup of your computer due to limited storage space available in FREE account. If you wish you can upgrade the service to a PAID Premium account or try other ways to take complete backup."

Backup Data Using Microsoft System Image Backup Tool

Microsoft released an inbuilt tool with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and earlier versions of Windows 10. Microsoft recently stopped supporting System Image Backup tool with its latest release. To take a backup on Windows, you may follow these steps.

Step 1. Right-click on the Start button and click on the 'Control Panel' option.
Step 2. Go to the 'System and Maintenance' and select 'Backup and Restore' option.
Step 3. Click on 'Create a system image' link on the left-hand side panel.
Step 4. Follow the onscreen instructions. On prompt, enter the Administrator password to confirm the submission. It will create a system image backup on your specified location.

"Please Note: Never take a backup on the same drive where your operating system is installed. In case of a system crash, it becomes difficult to get back the backup on the drive."

Creating a System Restore Point

Creating a system restore point is again one of the methods to backup files and settings that can be rolled back in case of emergencies. Windows can automatically create a system restore point whenever the PC detects important changes.

Step 1. Right-click on the 'Start' button and click on the 'Control Panel' option.
Step 2. Go to 'System and Maintenance' and select 'System'.
Step 3. Select 'System protection' in the left-hand side pane.
Step 4. Click on the 'System Protection' tab and then click on the 'Create' button.
Step 5. Give a descriptive name to identify the backup and then click on the 'Create' button.

Backup Data Using Third-Party Backup Software

These manual processes are not constant and reliable as we may miss out taking regular backups. But if you can't afford to miss out a single file on your PC, it is important to make use of backup and recovery software for Windows 10. There are hundreds of backup software however not every backup software does what it says. Check out the best Disk Image Software for Windows 2020 that you can utilize to safeguard your data.

EaseUS Todo Backup is one of the finest backup and recovery software that creates an incremental backup of your system on regular interval without utilizing much of your system resources. Backup software not only takes a complete backup of your system image but can also recover your system after system crashes. You can also backup your important files on the cloud storage of the software and take it to a different computer.

Summing Up

Creating data backup on a Windows computer is not that easy as it's a time taking process and storing your backups manually may utilize a lot of disk space due to duplicate backups created on your system. A backup and recovery software can ease up the process with automatic backup on Windows computer and can restore the backup image on any device. Migrating your data is also made easy with such backup and restore software. Never miss out on any important file anymore with backup and recovery software.

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