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How to backup your entire computer and entire Windows 10: backup software, apps, settings and files.

In this article, we’ll learn about a Windows 10 backup software that allows you to backup the entire computer, including applications, program files, user settings, profiles, emails, documents, pictures, music, favorites – everything you’ve got.

You can backup your computer to an external drive, a USB drive, or to Cloud (such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon) – all using the same backup software.

Once we have a way to back up everything on your computer, we also want that backup to be automatic (so that it is always up to date), and as easy as possible to use (otherwise, you’ll just stop using it…). And, of course, we’ll discuss the most important part of any backup: how to actually restore from backup?

How to back up your entire computer to external drive

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  1. The first thing you need is somewhere to store your backup. The simplest option is an external USB drive. They are fast, have plenty of space, and are relatively cheap. This tutorial will cover backup to external hard drive. Other options include backup to network drive, backup to Dropbox, backup to OneDrive or backup to Amazon AWS.
  2. Ideally, you should have twice as much space as you are using on the computer. So if you have 200GB used space, a 500GB backup drive will be enough. If you have 2TB of pictures, better get more space of course. Some popular USB drives are Western Digital (WD) My Passport, Seagate, Toshiba and other brands.
  3. Download and install FullBack (you can get it here.)
  4. FullBack will automatically locate your USB drive, and will start your backup.
  5. That’s it!

It really is that simple to keep your entire computer safe.

Video: How To Backup Entire Computer to External Drive

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How does a backup to USB drive work?

Zinstall FullBack will first make a full backup of the entire computer to your USB drive. It means every file, every program, every setting you have there – all backed up and protected.

After that, it will keep updating your backup with any changes you make on the computer. Your backup is always up to date, and you do not have to do anything to keep it that way – it is all done for you. When you change a file, or install a new program, your backup is updated accordingly.

This is all done in background; you do not need to “open” the backup or do anything at all with it. In fact, you probably won’t even feel it running. It is very efficient in handling just the changes made, and even protects the hard drive’s health, by minimizing the amount of reads and writes to it (this makes the drive live longer!)

If you need to disconnect the drive for a while, it’s OK – FullBack will patiently wait until you connect it again and continue backing everything up, automatically.

Of course, the real reason you have a backup is the restore part. How do you restore a single file that you’ve misplaced? And how do you restore everything, including program files, if your computer crashes? Read on to find out.

How to restore a file that I’ve accidentally deleted?

So you were working on an important document, and now it’s gone. Fear not – that’s exactly why you have set up an automatic backup of your entire Windows 10! Here is what you do:

Restore files

  1. Open your FullBack Restore wizard.
  2. If you remember the file’s name, just type it into the search box. It will appear below.
  3. If you don’t remember what the file was called, but do remember where it was, you can browse your backup files, and find your file like that.
  4. Once you have the file, just hit restore – and it will appear exactly where it was, up to date!

That’s it – your file is back and unharmed.

My computer crashed. How do I restore everything from the backup, onto another computer?

This is something you can only do if you have used FullBack. It can actually restore all the stuff from your backed up computer (programs, settings, files, emails, accounts, password, favorites, documents, pictures, music, etc.) onto a completely different computer and completely different Windows. Even if you’ve backed up a Windows 7 32bit Dell, and your replacement PC is a Windows 10 64bit HP, FullBack will still restore everything you’ve got.

Restore programs

To do that, connect your USB backup drive to the new computer, and run Zinstall Rescue Kit on the new PC. When prompted, tell it to migrate from the backup container on the USB drive, and let it complete the restore. When finished, just restart the computer, and you’ll see all the programs, settings and files from your crashed computer.

Are there other ways to backup everything on my computer?

Yes, FullBack is not the only option out there (although we believe it is the most effective). Here are some other ways you can handle your backup:

  • Disk Image / Clone tools (Windows System Backup / Acronis): these are the pro-oriented options, which simply take a full clone image of the computer. Like FullBack, they capture your entire computer. The downside is that that you have to manually do the backup (so it will be outdated soon), it is very difficult to restore a single file, and if the computer crashes, you’ll need to restore to the exact same hardware model (and you can’t restore to a different Windows).
  • Copying files to a USB stick: this is not really a backup (manual, does not even come close to covering everything you have, does not cover programs or settings), but it is better than having no backup at all! Plus, it is free. So if your choice is doing nothing at all vs. copying files to a USB stick, go with the USB stick.
  • Apple’s Time Machine: this product is very similar in its concept to FullBack, but only available for Mac OS. If you have Mac OS, use it – it is very well done, and simply to set up and use.

Summary

If you’ve ever experienced a computer crash or data loss (hopefully not first hand), you know how it feels. Out of nowhere, your files are gone, your programs are gone, your settings are gone. In fact, there is no way to prevent a disaster like that. It will happen, eventually.

But you can be ready for it.

As they say, the best way to do a backup is yesterday. The second best day is today.

If you have no backup at all, and don’t want to purchase one, at least copy your important files to a USB stick or another computer, and do it now.

If you are looking for a proper backup solution, that will backup everything on your Windows 10, to backup programs, settings, files and all the rest on your computer, FullBack is the best choice for it.

It is complete, automatic (and always up to date), efficient, does not slow down your computer, preserves your hard drive – and most importantly, it will restore your files, and your programs, when you need them.

You are 5 minutes away from complete protection of your entire computer, risk free (you can cancel within 30 days, no questions asked)

Ready to backup your entire computer to an external drive?

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