Back up your Windows 10 PC using OneDrive or physical storage: - Not always, our Windows PC works as expected. There is a possibility of malicious viruses entering your system. This can happen because someone deliberately wants to hack and affect your system or when they try to download files that contain embedded viruses. From time to time, it becomes essential to perform a full system backup. Also, backups may be needed before any changes to the files, so you will need to restore the old ones, in case something goes wrong during the changes. So, with backups, you can update your entire system without worrying about the hours it takes to copy files and documents from some external device each time.
Here, I will discuss two different ways to backup to your device
Backup with OneDrive and cloud storage
Cloud Storage allows you to store all your data on a remote storage owned by a company. The data is added automatically without your notice or you can upload it manually. Microsoft has one of these utilities that it is known for A guide.For anyone with a Microsoft account, OneDrive offers 15GB of storage where you can upload all your data. Let me show you the steps to take to manage backups with OneDrive.
Open the A guide application by searching for it in the search bar at the bottom of the desktop. The window shown in the screenshot below will appear.
Log into your Microsoft account. Create one if you haven't already. A folder location will now be created for you and you will receive a window asking you to do so Sync files to OneDrive. Choose the The next option after choosing the files to sync.
Now a window appears to open the folder. Click on Open the My OneDrive folder which appears below. The browser opens and contains the instructions you need to follow to back up your files to OneDrive.
All you have to do is drag and drop the files you need to backup to the OneDrive folder at the location specified at the beginning. This automatically archives the files to OneDrive online from where you can retrieve them whenever you want.
Suppose you want to move everything to OneDrive. This will require moving the folder location to OneDrive. To achieve this, open the OneDrive folder, right-click anywhere and create a new folder with the same name as the folder to be backed up.
Here, I need to backup the documents. Then, I create a new folder named Documents.
Right click on the folder you want to backup and choose Property.
Choose the Location option and then click Move.
Select the folder you just created in OneDrive and click the Move option again. And this is all!
Backup with physical storage and file history
File History is a backup utility in Windows for physical storage backups. With them, you don't need to back up your documents online with companies like Microsoft. Instead, this allows you to copy your files and folders to the hard drives installed on your PC from which you can retrieve them whenever you want. This requires that you have physical external storage connected to your PC.
Let's move on to the necessary steps to follow for this method.
Open the Settings option by clicking on the Windows icon in the lower left corner. In the window that appears, choose the option Update and security.
Choose the Go back option that appears in the left pane. On the right you will find an option Add a unit. Go ahead and right click on it.
Here you will find the external storage device that you have connected to your PC. Click on it.
Click on More options that appears to the right of Backup. In the window that appears, you have options to select the folders to back up. Choose the ones you want and select the time you want to backup. Now it's over.
Hope this was useful to you!