How to Backup Windows to an External Disk?

There is no doubt that backup is very important when using computer. Because you don’t know when will encounter system crush or virus attack or hardware failure. If you want to reduce the data loss, it is necessary to create a backup in advance. You can backup system, partition, disk, file, etc. Therefore, you are able to restore your computer to normal state quickly when disaster happened. Then, let’s discuss backup details.

Title of this article is external disk, compare to local disk, what advantages does external disk has? When your whole old computer is irreparable, you can still restore to dissimilar hardware with the backup image file on the external one. External hard disk refers to a storage device that can be employed to backup large volume of data, and it has been regarded as the fastest and easiest way. Usually, an external hard drive can be connected to the computer through USB ports. Next, let’s take Windows 7 as an example and show you how to backup the system to external hard drive. 

 Backup Windows to an External Disk

To achieve this goal, we recommend you to try a reliable and free backup software called AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition. AOMEI Backupper is a Windows backup software, which has several editions. And the Standard Edition is a freeware for Windows personal use. You can download the freeware from AOMEI website, install and run it. Under its Backup tab, select System Backup to start. AOMEI Backupper has four backup types and file sync here.

System backup interface has two steps. 

  • Step 1 has detected your system partition automatically. 
  • Step 2 is waiting for you to specify a location path on the external hard disk as the destination location. Then there are other settings like scheme and schedule, you can optimize the backup task date or image file space here. 
In Backup Options, you are able to set comment, email notification, encryption, compression, splitting, VSS, intelligent sector and so on. All settings are OK, it’s time to click the yellow Start Backup button to apply the mission.

Besides backup to external path, it allows you to choose NAS, cloud as destination too. Except backup, AOMEI Backupper also has clone features, it supports partition, disk and system clone. What’s more, it has many other practical functions, for example, image file checking, image file explorer, bootable from CD and so on. All in all, AOMEI Backupper is an excellent and all-in-one Windows backup software.

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