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Three Easy Computer Backup Methods – How to Backup Your Computer

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Computer backups are very vital to the security of your computer. If your Windows file system gets corrupted you have a possibility of losing everything. Create computer backup revisions to recover these computer files and you will be in the safe zone. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a computer backup to backup your computer files, or backup your entire system.

I do not recommend creating system restore points. System restore points will NOT always work. In my experience in all of my years in IT, system restore points only have worked maybe 40% of the time if even that.

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  1. Why Computer Backups Are Important
  2. Lightweight – Fast Computer Backup
  3. Heavyweight – Entire System Backup
  4. Unreliable – Easy System Restore Point Backup

Why Computer Backups Are Important

If you do not create computer backups in some way shape or form, you will most likely learn the hard way. The hard way meaning that one day your filesystem will fail, or you will install an update that does not go through 100%. One of my friends for example, just recently installed a Windows update on his system. When he came back to his computer after the update, none of his files were accessible. He was completely unable to login to his computer which also eliminates any sort of solutions he could use within his operating system. By the end of the day yesterday, we had to refresh his copy of Windows 10.

If you would like to avoid the same outcome on your end, make sure you have a computer backup. Otherwise, your files could be lost. My friend was lucky, and we were able to preserve all of his files using a Windows refresh instead of a completely fresh reinstall. If his hard drive died for example, everything would have been lost.

How to Backup Your Windows Files (Lightweight Backup)

If you would like to create lightweight computer backups and avoid the massive slowdown that a computer backup can cause, follow this tutorial. If you want a complete backup of your Windows filesystem and personal documents please scroll down to the “Complete Backup” section.

If you don’t like reading, here’s our video on how to do this backup.
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Firstly, to get started with your lightweight backups you will want to download RootBackup. RootBackup is a lightweight computer backups application that only backs up the folders you tell it to backup. By only backing up folders that you need instead of your entire filesystem, your backups will be much faster, and will also avoid the massive slowdown that your computer will experience when doing a complete system image backup. On top of this, RootBackup is a very cheap alternative that will also keep multiple revisions of your files. This will help a lot if your backup fails, or if you need a backup from a specific time period.

After downloading the software you will want to run the “RootBackup Installer.exe” file that is downloaded. When you run the installer, a window will pop up and give you the progress of your installation.

RootBackup installer finishing up the installation.
RootBackup installer finishing up the installation.
RootBackup uploading an automatic backup at start-up.
RootBackup uploading an automatic backup at start-up.

 

 

RootBackup automatically adding your personal documents to be backed up on install, ready to go.
RootBackup automatically adds your personal documents to be backed up on install, ready to go.

By default, RootBackup will run backups every 24 hours. You can change this in the “Schedule Settings” area.

Congratulations, you have now set up revisional lightweight backups of your computer files.

How to Backup your Entire Windows Computer (Heavyweight Backup)

If you would like to create a heavyweight computer backup that will backup your entire Windows computer, follow this tutorial. If you want lightweight computer backups that are fast, and do not slow down your computer scroll up to the “Lightweight Backup” section.

You will need an external hard drive, DVD disk, flash drive, or other network device to do this.

 

Windows built-in full system automatic "Backup and Restore" app.
Windows built-in full system automatic “Backup and Restore” app.
Windows "Backup and Restore" app - Selecting where you want to save your backup.
Selecting where you want to save your backup in the “Backup and Restore” app.
Windows "Backup and Restore" app - Choosing which files you would like to back up.
Choosing which files you would like to back up in the “Backup and Restore” app.
Choosing your automatic backup schedule for the "Backup and Restore" app.
Choosing your automatic backup schedule for the “Backup and Restore” app.

Congratulations, you have now set up scheduled disk image backups with on your computer.

How to Backup Your Windows Computer (Unreliable Backup)

Before starting this one off, I would highly recommend one of the two options above rather than using this option for your computer backup. In this section I will be using system restore points. System restore points are very unreliable, and are sometimes misleading as a computer backup option. In my experience in the IT industry, system restore points have only worked a percentage of the time. If I was to guess, system restore points work probably lower than 40% of the time. Or at least this is in my experience.

I do not recommend creating system restore points. System restore points will NOT always work.

Launching the Windows "Create a restore point" app.
Launching the Windows “Create a restore point” app.

 

Turn on system protection in the "Create a restore point" app.
Turn on system protection in the “Create a restore point” app.

Congratulations, you have now created a system restore point for your computer.

There are plenty of other ways to create backups for your computer. However these three options are by far the easiest, and most reliable (not including system restore points). Keep your data safe, and your personal information safer. If you would like to read more about computer safety and security, click here.

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