Backing-up Data on Windows

Method 1: Manually back up your files and settings to removable media or to a network location

The simplest method is to manually back up your files and settings to removable media or a network location. You can specify the files and settings that you want to back up and how often you want to perform a backup.

Note Examples of removable media include external hard disks, DVDs, CDs, and USB memory cards. You can back up files to a different computer or a network device if your computer is connected to a network such as a wireless network.

To manually copy your files to a network location or to removable media on a computer that is running Windows 10 and Windows 7, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start  windows icon,  click Computer and then double-click the drive where you currently have Windows 10 or Windows 7 installed.

  2. Open the Users folder, and then open the user folder that contains the files that you want to back up.

  3. Copy the necessary folders from the user folder to a network location or to removable media.


  • To back up data for all users, repeat steps 2–3.

  • To determine the size of all the files in the user folder, select all the folders, right-click those selected folders, and then click Properties.

  • The saved files can be copied to any computer. However, you must have corresponding applications installed on that computer to open those individual files.

  • Not all applications save their files to the user folder. You should make sure that you check other applications and the file system location where the applications save files by default, and then copy those files to the network location or to the removable media.



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