HOW TO BACKUP TO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

How To Backup to External Hard Drive

The finest way to secure your data is to create a backup of your important files using an external hard drive. An external hard drive is a backup device that is easy to use and access all your photos, videos, and music. In case you wish to back up your files to an external hard drive, you need to connect the drive to your computer with a USB cable. Follow the below instructions to back up your computer to an external hard drive.

BACKING UP WINDOWS COMPUTER TO AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

  • First, you need to select the Start menu on the main screen of your Windows computer.
  • Next, launch the Control Panel window using your search bar.
  • In your Control Panel window, choose the System and Security option.
  • Here, navigate to the Backup and Restore option and select it from the list.
  • Choose the Create a system image option in the left menu panel of the window.
  • Now, you will see the Create a system image pop-up window on the screen.
  • Select your external hard drive from the drop-down list under the “On a hard disk” option.
  • Here, you will see the list of items going to be backed up on your external hard drive.
  • Click the Start backup button to begin the backup process.
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  • Now, wait for some time to complete backing up your system.

BACKING UP MAC COMPUTER TO AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

PREPARING YOUR MAC FOR BACKUP

  • Make sure to connect the external hard drive to your Mac computer.
  • Ensure that the hard drive is correctly connected to the port on your computer.
  • If you are using a USB adapter, ensure to connect the drive properly to the adapter.
  • In case you are connecting the hard drive to your Mac for the first time, you will see a pop-up window at the top of the screen saying, “Do you want to use your hard drive to back up with Time Machine.”
  • Click the Use as Backup Disk button.
  • Now, you can begin to back up your computer to the hard drive with Time Machine.

START THE BACKUP PROCESS USING THE EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

  • Make sure to connect the hard drive to your Mac computer.
  • Next, click the Apple icon at the top-left corner of the window.
  • Choose the System Preferences option from the drop-down list.
  • Navigate to the Time Machine option in the System Preferences window and select it.
  • Here, click the Select Backup Disk button.
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  • Next, select your external Personal Cloud hard drive from the list and click the Use Disk button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click the Back Up Automatically checkbox at the top-left of the screen.
  • If you want to back up your Mac manually, select “Show Time Machine in menu bar” at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click the Time Machine icon at the top menu bar of the window.
  • Select the Back Up Now option from the drop-down list.
  • Now, your entire Mac will start to back up to the hard drive.

You can back up your Windows and Mac computers to an external hard drive by following the above instructions.

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