Making sure you have a solid backup strategy for your Windows 10 computer is one of the most important tasks that few people remember to do. In earlier versions of Windows, its backup utilities left a lot to be desired, and a third-party backup program was usually your best bet.
However, Windows has evolved, and today Windows 10 has new built-in tools that make it simple to have backups of your photos, documents, and other sensitive data.
Set Up File History in Windows 10
File History is a feature first introduced in Windows 8 and is similar to Apple’s Time Machine in OS X. It’s the perfect choice if you want to ensure that files you often make changes to like spreadsheets and Word documents are backed up regularly.
File History monitors the files in your folder for changes and automatically backs them up when they are modified. It’s turned off by default, but it takes just a click to flip it on and to configure it is easy, too.
To use it, you’ll need a large capacity external hard drive or a USB flash drive. You can set it up to use a network location, too. In addition to your most valuable data, File History will automatically back up your Favorites, Contacts, and Desktop items, and more.
Read our complete tutorial: How to Set Up and Configure File History in Windows 10
System Image Backup
Some of you might already be familiar with this one. Creating a system image toolset was also available in Windows 7. Even with File History enabled, it’s a good idea to create a system image using the Backup and Restore feature because redundancy is the name of the game when it comes to backups. A system image has a couple of advantages. If your drive were to fail, you can use it to get up and running quickly. And, you can use it to upgrade to a new drive without the need to reinstall apps, settings, and files.
For a full tutorial on how to create a Windows 10 system image read: How to Create a Windows 10 System Image Backup
More Options for Backing Up Your PC
- Windows 10 comes with its cloud-based backup service OneDrive built-in. It’s integrated deep within Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365 will backup and store your spreadsheets, PowerPoints, Word, and other Office documents by default. You can change that if you want, but it ensures your work is backed up and accessible from anywhere. Also, if you have an Android or iPhone, you can set it to automatically back up your photos to OneDrive.
- Another essential aspect of your PC backup strategy is to establish an off-site backup service. There are quality services you can use like Carbonite, BackBlaze, or our favorite, CrashPlan. You do need to pay an annual fee to use off-site storage services, but we highly recommend adding this to your arsenal. The best part is they once you have them set up, they just run in the background, and you can forget about it.
Again, we can’t stress enough how important backing up your data is, whether it’s your phone, tablet, or PC. Luckily, Windows 10 makes the process a simple affair and every computer owner needs a robust backup strategy.
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