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Backing Up and Restoring Your Files – For PC (Using an External Storage Device)

How to back up and restore your files on your PC using an external storage device.

To back up and restore your files using a Mac, please refer to the Step-by-Step Guide to Backing Up and Restoring Your Files (For Mac).

Backing up your files using an external storage device


1.        Ensure your external storage device is plugged in. Click Start, then on the Settings cog icon

Backup Windows - step 1


2.        Select Update & Security

Backup Windows - step 2


3.        Click Backup in the left column

Backup Windows - step 3


4.        Click +Add a drive in the new window

Backup Windows - step 4


5.        Select your external storage device

Backup Windows - step 5


6.        Select Automatically back up my files, then select More options

Backup Windows - step 6


7.        Define when and which folders to back up, then select Back up now

Backup Windows - step 7

Tip: It is essential that you make sure you safely remove your external storage device after backing up your files – do not leave your external storage device connected to your system if you are not performing a backup.

Restore your files from your external storage device


1.        Click Start, then on the Settings cog icon

Backup Windows - restore - step 1


2.        Select Update & Security

Backup Windows - restore - step 2


3.        Click Backup in the left column. Ensure your external storage device is plugged in

Backup Windows - restore - step 3


4.        Scroll to bottom of window and select Restore files from a current back up

Backup Windows - restore - step 4


5.        Select the folders you want to restore

Backup Windows - restore - step 5