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How to Backup Windows PC to External Hard Drive With Ease


Windows includes a number of backup and recovery tools for free, but the reality is that they aren't anywhere near as good as commercial solutions. If you are non-technical person, we encouraged you to try a tool called Todo Backup Home. It is a pretty comprehensive backup tool which covers all the essentials for file and system backup, with good scheduling and support for all the typical copy destinations. You can also clone your hard drive in the event that you have to switch it out for a new one. In this post we will show you the fast way to backup computer to external hard drive with this smart tool.

Part 1. How to Backup Entire Computer to External Hard Drive

Part 2. How to Backup Files on Computer to External Hard Drive

Part 3. How to Backup Computer Operating System to External Hard Drive


What We Need

1. An External Hard Drive with a USB cable,
2. Computer Backup Tool – Todo Backup Home.

Free Download Todo Backup Home

Part 1. How to Backup Entire Computer to External Hard Drive

It’s a common job to replace the hard drive where Windows exists. This may be resulted from a failing drive or requirement for larger disk capacity. Disk Clone option in Todo Backup can deal with the job easily. It will transfer all data (include operating system and program) on the selected or all hard disks to another. For a successful disk clone, please ensure that the capacity of destination hard disk drive is larger than the used space of source disk.

Step 1. Click Clone option at the top right corner.

Step 2. Select any or all hard disks as source, then click Next

Step 3. Select an external hard drive as target, then click Next

Step 4. Click Proceed after you preview and confirm the hard disk layout.

Advanced clone settings:

Optimize for SSD - If the destination external hard drive i an SSD, checking this option will ensure sector alignment in the process.
Sector by sector clone - A sector by sector clone ensures that the destination hard disk/partition is exactly the same as the source hard disk/partition. It will clone all the sectors if the option is checked, even if the sector is blank.

Part 2. How to Backup Files on Computer to External Hard Drive

After using computer for a long time. You may have many important data (document, picture, music, video, etc). It will be a good habit that backing up them regularly. The reliable file backup option can help you face nearly all kinds of unexpected data lose.

Basic Settings:

1. Preserve file security settings in backup - This option will keep the security attributes of NTFS encrypted files.
2. Include all contents referred to Reparse Point - Enable this option can ensure all Windows Reparse Point or link will be included in this file backup. However, this usually creates a larger image file than regular one, so checking this option is not always recommended.
3. Destination - Click the folder icon to modify your backup destination.
4. Plan name and Description - An accurate plan name and appropriate description will help you distinguish easily.

Advanced backup settings:

These advanced settings can help you create a flexible and automatic backup plan. Create a automatic backup plan with Schedule, edit the advanced parameters with Backup options, add image retention rule with Image-reserve strategy.

However, without these advanced settings, it can still give you a simple and intact backup image.

Only backup the selected file types

If you just want to backup one or some specific file types from one folder, the option at top right corner can help you exclude the others files.

Click User defined and press File type in the appeared drop-down menu.

Some commonly used file types have been present and divided into 6 categories.

Select the file types you want to backup from default categories or click Add to create a new entry for your special file type(s).

Please don't forget you have to decide which folder you want to backup from the file tree on left panel. The figure above means I want to backup all Documents on my desktop.

Part 3. How to Backup Computer Operating System to External Hard Drive

Windows Operation System is very important for a computer. It is very necessary to protect it in the event of system crashes.

Todo Backup Home provides the easiest way to protect your operating system. As the necessary partitions for system boot will be selected as the backup target here automatically. You just need to perfect the Destination, Plan name and Description.

Basic Settings:

Destination - Click the folder icon to modify your backup destination.

Plan name and Description - An accurate plan name and appropriate description will help you distinguish easily.

Advanced clone settings:

These advanced settings can help you create a flexible and automatic backup plan. Create a automatic backup plan with Schedule, edit the advanced parameters with Backup options, add image retention rule with Image-reserve strategy.

However, without these advanced settings, it can still give you a simple and intact backup image. All in all, with the help of Todo Backup Home, you will solve a lot of problems in a few minutes.



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Connie Turrentine, is editor in computer area. At other times she'll search and test new apps, or focus on smart devices use tips.

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