Creating a system backup is quite a healthy practice. It helps your system to recover from many crises such as system failure, drive errors, operating system corruption, and more.
You must understand that Backup is a preventive measure. However, if you are already stuck in a problem without backup, DiskPart commands can come in handy to fix them. Windows 10 provides you a few ways to perform the backup, but they are hidden in the settings.
In this guide, we would dig out the methods used to perform Windows 10 system backup.
Backup using File History
The File History option of Windows 10 allows you to backup the files and documents present on the system’s Libraries, i.e., Documents, Pictures, Music, etc. You have to select an external drive for the backup.
To set up File History, follow these steps.
- In the Windows search box, search for the Settings, and open it.
- Go to Update & Security
- From the left pane, choose Backup
- Now, click on the Add a drive, and select the desired drive for the backup purpose.
Backup using Backup and Restore (Windows 7)
The old Backup and Restore feature of Windows 7 is back in the Windows 10 after Microsoft removed it from Windows 8.1. The Backup and Restore (Windows 7) tool of Windows 10 allows you to restore any of your old Windows 7 backups on the Windows 10 system. However, you can also use the tool for backing up the Windows 10 PC precisely how you backed up the Windows 7.
Unlike the File History method, Backup and Restore (Windows 7) can be used for backing up any folders or files. Here are the steps to configure it.
- Please search for the Control Panel in the Windows search box and open it.
- Change the View by setting from the top-right of the Control Panel interface. Set it to Large icons or Small icons.
- Now select Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
- Click on the “Set up backup” to begin Windows backup.
- Choose the drive where you want to store your backup and click next.
- Now, you will be provided the option to choose what do you like to back up. You can either let Windows decide what to backup or manually select the specific folders and files for backup.
- Next, in the last step, you would be given a choice to schedule the backup as per your preference.
- Set the schedule, and then click on Save settings and run backup.
Creating a System Image Backup
In the Backup and Restore (Windows 7), you would also find the option to create a System Image. This option lets you create an exact image of your system, i.e., the full system backup. Personal files, system apps, installed apps, system folders, everything would be backed up. In case of a hard disk failure or any other problem, you need to restore the image, that’s it.
Here is the procedure to create a system image.
- From the Control Panel, open the Backup and Restore (Windows 7). Refer to the previous method for the steps to reach there.
- From the left pane, click on Create a system image.
- A new window would be opened, which would allow you to select the location where you want to save the backup. You can either select a system partition, external hard disk, DVD, or a Network Location. Choose your preferred option and click next.
- Now select which system partition you would like to backup. You can choose one or multiple drives. Click Next to continue.
- In the next step, verify the chosen drives for backup and click on Start backup.
Creating a system image seems an excellent option for a complete backup. However, it has certain limitations.
- For the entire device backup, you require a hard drive with a larger space.
- The backup process is relatively slow. It may require an overnight for the completion.
- In case of restoration, you can’t restore an individual file or folder from the image. It is either full restoration or nothing.
So, these are the top ways to perform a backup in Windows 10. It is quite essential to create a system backup, as sometimes the worst can happen with your pc. You can’t take the gamble of keeping your necessary documents and files on a single system. Apart from these built-in Windows 10 backup options, you can also go for the third-party backup tools if required. Another option is a Cloud Backup such as OneDrive.