How to Backup a System to an External Hard Drive

By Sharon Harp

Windows Backup is a program built into the Windows operating system that lets you make backups of your computer and save them to an external hard drive. By performing this backup process on a regular basis, you can keep your data safe from potential damage due to computer malfunction or user error (such as accidentally deleting a file that you wanted to save).

Step 1

Click "Start" then type "backup" in the search bar.

Step 2

Press "Enter" to open the "Backup and Restore" window.

Step 3

Click the "Set up backup" button.

Step 4

Select the external hard drive to which you want to backup, click "Next" and select "Let Windows Decide."

Click "Next" two more times, then click "Save settings and backup" to perform the backup.