We use PCs for work, leisure and everything in between, and that means they hold some of our most important documents and memories. While your PC might be a good place to store them, it's important to make sure it's also regularly backed up. That way, if it's lost or stolen – or if it just breaks – you won't lose all your important documents, family photos and other digital possessions. What's more, if you accidently delete items, backing up will allow you to reclaim your work. Windows 10 makes it a refreshingly quick and easy process. Here's how to do it.
Backing up keeps your files safe by copying them to an additional location, meaning you'll need to have storage connected to your PC before you start. You can either use a network location to do this, or grab an external hard drive.
How to back up your files with Windows 10
- First go to the Start menu | Settings | Update & security
- Then select Backup | Add a drive, and navigate to the storage location you'd like to back your files up to.
- That's actually it! After that, Windows will automatically back up everything (in C:\Users\yourusername) every hour to your chosen storage device.