With so much personal information stored on your computer, it’s important to take the time to back up files. That way, if the hard drive fails or your computer is stolen or damaged, you won’t lose everything. It also means you can remove older or less-used files to free up space on your hard disk.
Back up to a hard drive
You can manually copy files to an external hard disk, CD or DVD, or set Windows’ Backup and Restore feature to make automatic back-ups to an external hard drive.
To do this, first connect the drive to your computer. Click Start > Control panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore. Click Set up backup.
Select the location you want to back up to. Then choose which file types you want to back up - for example, picture or music files. Click Next.
In the next window, click Change schedule to alter how often or at what time of day Windows backs up your chosen files. Your computer needs to be turned off for automatic back up to work. Click Save settings and run backup. The backup process will start.