Create Windows 10 automatic file backup | Minitool shadowmaker

You can automate the process to backup your device and documents regularly on Windows 10, and in this guide, I'll show you how to do it with a reliable backup software - MiniTool ShadowMaker.

Needless to mention how important is the backup in this unpredictable digital era. Performing regular backups is one of the best ways to protect those valuable documents, photos, and configurations you worked so hard to set up your device just the way you like it.

Necessity: Automatic File Backup Windows 10

It is just a matter of time that the hard drive stops working. In addition, laptop stolen, virus attack, a critical error, etc.

may lead to data loss.

To protect those valuable documents, photos, etc. and avoid data loss, performing auto file backups is the best way.

The files may change at any time. When you modify it or add some comment on it, you need to back it up again.

Therefore, to set up a scheduled backup is convenient even though you forget to back up files.

Automatically Back up Files to External Hard Drive Using MiniTool ShadowMaker

While Windows 10 includes the Backup and Restore feature, and there are numerous third-party backup software, there are some trusted ones we can rely on, such as MiniTool ShadowMaker. It allows you to perform a full backup of your computer automatically on a regular basis.

How to back up files regularly in Windows 10?

Automatic File Backup in Backup Page

Step 1: Double-click on MiniTool ShadowMaker to open it. From the following figure, you know this Windows automatic backup software allows you to choose the local computer to manage, as well as the remote backup is supported.

Just click one Connect button to start automatic file backup.


Warning: You are only allowed to remotely control the PCs in the same LAN with this free backup software.

Step 2: Suppose that you don't have a backup, this software will ask you to click SET UP BACKUP button under the Home page to go on.


Step 3: In the Backup window, you will see MiniTool ShadowMaker has selected system partitions as the backup source and a destination folder to save the backup image.


① Here, you intend to back up files automatically, thus, please click Source section to go to the following window and click Folders and Files to continue.


Under the Computer tab, all detected partitions are listed. Just open the partition that contains important files, and check all the needed files.

Tip: If you want to create a backup for a folder that includes many subfolders, please directly choose the folder.


② To back up files to an external hard drive in Windows 10, click Destination section and choose a partition on the external hard drive as the storage path.

Tip: Perhaps you may want to automatically back up a folder to a flash drive, this automatic file backup software also supports.


Step 4: Go back to the Backup page, and hit Schedule feature to set up scheduled backup for the files or folders.


By default, Schedule option is disabled. Please turn it on. Then, you know this Windows 10 automatic backup software allows you to set up automatic backup daily, weekly, monthly, as well as when logging on or logging off PC.


Step 5: After all settings are made, please click Back up Now button to execute the full backup process.


  • At the specific time point that you have configured, automatic file backups will be created.
  • Schedule feature takes the incremental backup method by default so as to save storage space to the highest degree.
  • To manage disk space by removing some old backup files, ask Scheme feature for help.

Automatic Back up Windows 10 in Manage Interface

MiniTool ShadowMaker offers you another way to create auto file backups and that is to go to the Managepage.

To do this, please repeat the above step 1, step 2 and step 3, and then click Back up Now after completing all backup settings to perform the process in Manage.

After the full backup is finished, click image menu to choose Edit Schedule to bring up Edit Schedulewindow. Next, specify one setting for the regular backup.

Afterward, this automatic file backup software will back up specific folders in Windows 10 at the specified time point.


Once the files get lost, deleted or corrupted, you can get them back quickly with the file backup image. Refer to this help tutorial - How to Restore Files for more information.

If you are a Windows 10 built-in utility fan, you may also try out automatically back up files using Windows 10 File History.

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