Windows 10 Backups

Don't forget to backup!

This week we’d like to show you one of the easier ways to keep your data safe at home, while we do recommend using online cloud services like Dropbox, One Drive and Google Drive we also think keeping a Back Up at home is important too.

Our advice is that you should have at least one external backup for your important files and that this backup is performed on a regular basis. (In fact, many business users should have two or three backups, all kept in different locations).

There are two main types of backup that you can use. The first is ‘file backup’, which allows you to make copies of the files stored on your PC.

File History is a handy tool in Windows 10, which allows you to perform regular, scheduled copies of the data on your PC and store it on an external drive. To set it up, you need to make sure a secondary drive is connected to your PC. Once connected, follow these simple instructions:

Click the Start button then the Settings button (a gear icon situated in the bottom-left corner of the Start menu). Then click Update & security > Back Up > Add a drive and then chose the drive you’d like to use as a backup.

Now choose the files you want to back up:

Click the Start button then the Settings button. Click Update & security > Backup > More options > Add a folder. Choose a folder you want to back up then click on Choose this folder. If you add the wrong folder or want to remove a folder from the backup list, click the folder in the Back up these folders list then click Remove.

You can change how often a backup occurs, but do make sure the external drive is connected each time:

Click the Start button then the Settings button. Click Update & security > Backup > More options. Click the dropdown arrow beneath Back up my files, then click frequency options.

You can also change how long the backups are kept on the drive or network by clicking the dropdown arrow beneath Keep my backups, then click a time limit.

REMEMBER THAT ONCE YOUR BACK UP IS COMPLETED, YOU MUST DISCONNECT THE EXTERNAL BACKUP DEVICE FROM YOUR PC TO PREVENT RANSOMWARE FROM ATTACKING IT.

The other type of backup is a ‘system backup’ or a ‘system image’. This is more complicated as it involves making a backup copy of the entire Windows operating system running on your PC, as well as all your programs, files and settings. If this is something you wish to carry out, give us a call.

Philip Brooks