How to back up your PC

Backing up your computer is a very important task, but it is very easy to delay it. It only takes a device crash, theft, accident, or ransomware attack to lose access to all important files on your computer.

How to back up your PC
Back up your PC

Fortunately, creating a backup doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming, and if you allocate it for a short time now, you can automate the process so you don't have to worry about it anymore. Then, in the event of a disaster, everything will be there to be restored.

Our favorite mission program is Easeus Todo Backup. Free and premium versions of the software are available, but the free version will be sufficient for most standard home users.

The premium version includes a disk cloning tool, the ability to transfer your system to another computer, back up and restore Outlook mail, and scheduled event-based backups (when the computer is on, for example), but you can still schedule backups over time using the free program, then restore it if necessary.

Backup types

There are three main ways to back up your files, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. A full backup is a full copy of everything you choose to perform the backup. It takes longer than other types of backup and requires more storage space, but is faster to recover in an emergency.

Your first backup should be complete, but then you can save time by doing incremental or differential backups.

Differential backup is a copy of files that have changed since the last full backup. This means that you will always need to make backup copies on the go: a full backup and a different backup. 

When you need to restore your files, these two backup copies are merged. It's faster than making a full backup and requires less space, but it's not as fast as a progressive backup.

Recover your PC
Recover your PC

Incremental Backup only copies files that have changed since the previous backup - whether complete or not. Incremental backups are the smallest and fastest to implement, but restoring them takes longer than differential or full backups.

How to make and schedule backups

1. Get the software

Download and install the free version of EaseUS Todo Backup. You’ll need to enter an email address, but you can opt-out of receiving newsletters. During installation, you can also choose whether or not to take part in the EaseUS customer service improvement program. Run the software and skip the option to enter a license code when prompted.

2. Choose your files and destination

You can now either click on "System Backup" to back up the entire PC or use the buttons on the left menu to select only a specific drive or files. Here we will save a selection of photos. Use the upper window to access the files you want to copy (My Documents, Favorites, and Desktop will be selected by default, but you can deselect them).

Choose a destination for the backup. Ideally, this should be an external drive that you can store separately from your computer, although a separate internal drive also works. It is best not to store backups on the same original drive.

3. Set a regular schedule

Click "Schedule" and choose how and when your files should be backed up in the future - this can be once, daily, weekly, or monthly. Entering the Windows EaseUS Todo Backup username and password will allow your computer to wake up from sleep mode, which is a useful feature and means that you will not be interrupted because there are backups somewhere when you want to start working.

4. Manage your backups

Click "Save" to create the first backup and set the schedule for future copies. You can configure multiple backups at different times for different files. All will appear on the program dashboard, which you can use to modify, delete, or restore.

A small popup will inform you at the bottom right of the screen when saving.

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