Top solutions to back up files on Windows 10

Want to back up files? How to back up files on Windows 10 with ease? This post will introduce you different methods to back up files. In particular, the best file backup software – MiniTool ShadowMaker will be a good assistant to back up files to external hard drives and sync files to other locations.

Simply click on the Start menu and type File History in the Search bar. Then, you will see the Restore Your Files With File History option.

Select this, and a new window showing the folders backed up onto your external drives will appear.

Backing up file is necessary for computer users since it is an effective way to keep data safe.

There are different methods to do it, but do you know how to back up files with ease?

Best File Backup Software – MiniTool ShadowMaker

In order to back up files, you can choose to take a piece of third-party software. Thus, the best file backup software – MiniTool ShadowMaker is recommended.

MiniTool ShadowMaker is a professional backup program that can be used to back up the operating system, disk, partition, file, and folder. In addition, it is a user-friendly program to provide protection for your computer and data.

To back up files and keep them safe, you can download MiniTool ShadowMaker Trial which can be used for free within 30 days or choose to purchase an advanced one.

Step 1: Download and install the best file backup software and launch it, click Keep Trial and choose Connect in This Computer to continue.


Step 2: After entering its main interface, go to the Backup page. Then click the Source module to choose the backup source.

As for data backup, please choose Folders and Files to continue and choose the files you want to back up.


Step 3: Returning to the Backup page, click the Destination module to select the destination path so as to save the backup image. It is recommended to choose an external hard drive.


In order to get an extraordinary files backup experience, there are three important things you need to pay attention to.

  • MiniTool ShadowMaker is a user-friendly program which enables you to set an automatic file backup by clicking the Schedule
  • MiniTool ShadowMaker also provides three different backup schemes so that it enables you to manage disk space by deleting some old backup images. The Incremental backup scheme is chosen by default and you can click the Scheme feature to change.
  • You can set some advanced backup parameters by clicking the Options

Step 4: After having successfully selected the backup source and destination, you can click Back up Now to perform the data backup action immediately. Or you can choose to click Back up Later to delay the process of files backup.


When the process is finished, you have successfully backed up files and have provided protection for the data. From above information, you can see MiniTool ShadowMaker is very easy and convenient to back up files to external hard drives.

Windows Snap-in Tool

I would like to introduce another way to back up computer files. Besides using a piece of file backup software, you can also choose the Windows snap-in tool to back up file.

Check out how to back up files on Windows 10 with the Windows snap-in tool step by step.

Step 1: Type Control Panel in the search box of Windows 10 and choose it to continue.

Step 2: In the popup window, choose the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) to continue.

Step 3: Next, click Set up backup under Back up or restore your files section to go on.

Step 4: Now, you are required to decide where you want to save the backup images and click Next to continue.

Step 5: In the next window, you will see two options. If you want to choose the backup source by yourself, you need to select the Let me choose option and click Next to continue.

Step 6: Select the files you want to back up and click Next to continue. Please note if you want to create a system image, the option Include a system image of drives should be checked.

Step 7: Then you need to review your backup settings. And if you want to set an automatic backup or change the backup schedule, you can click Change schedule to continue.

Next, click Save settings and run backup to perform the data backup action.

Step 8: Then the file backup process will begin. After that, you can successfully back up your files.

File Synchronization

As to how to back up data, I would like to introduce another method - file synchronization.

And you may be curious about what is file synchronization. File synchronization is another form of backup which enables you to store files in two or more physical locations such as external hard drives, USB flash drives and so on.

In this way, you can also provide protection for files.

As for file synchronization, MiniTool ShadowMaker also enables you to achieve that since it has the feature – File Sync.

Clone Hard Drive

If there are plenty of files needing to be backed up and all of them are on the same location, there is an optional way for you to back up files to external hard drives. You can choose to clone the hard drive since this method is time-saving and convenient compared with backing up file one by one.

Thus, in order to clone the hard drive, MiniTool ShadowMaker is also capable since it has the feature – Clone Disk. And this feature even can help you to migrate the operating system to SS…installing the OS.

Step 1: Install the software and launch it. Click Keep Trial and choose Connect in This Computer to enter its main interface.

Step 2: Please go to the Tools page and choose Clone Disk to continue.


Step 3: Then click The Source Disk module to choose the disk which needs to clone.


Step 4: Then click The Target Disk to choose the destination path so as to save data on the source disk.

Step 5 Then the process will start and you need to wait patiently for the whole process to be completed.

Step 6: When the process is finished, you will receive a notice. Read it carefully and disconnect either the original hard drive or the target hard drive.


There are more methods to achive this, backing up files is very important because it is an effective and reliable way to keep data safe.

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