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."

Step 5

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