Using built in Windows 10 features for backing up data
The good news is that there are actually built in features (since Windows 7) that allow you to perform a variety of backup strategies. We'll specifically touch on the most basic of the options available which is the Windows 7 backup and restore. File versioning will be revisited in the future in a separate post. So for a small solopreneur or home backup strategy this will be particularly useful and relevant. However, before jumping in and setting up your backup please understand that some changes are not easy to reverse so the drive you set up for backups will be specifically for backups from hereon out.
How to create a backup schedule in Windows 10
To access the backup feature we're looking for it's easiest to begin with a text search using the start button. Either click on the start button (left button click) or press the windows key on your keyboard. Type the word "backup" and click on the resulting best match to access the backup settings window.
Here you will look for and click on the "Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" link.
NOTE: If you have not connected your portable drive then do so now with an available USB port. I would recommend using any blue USB ports that are available, but this is not required. Ultimately you should use whichever working port you can use regularly or leave completely occupied by your portable drive.
At this point you should see that a new window has been opened that looks like the following. This is where you will click on "Set up backup" after having connected your portable drive.
You may or may not see a windows pop up and state the following. If you do let it finish the process of starting the requisite background services to run the backup.
In the next dialog box Windows will show you the drives that are available to save backups to. You'll notice that any existing DVD/CD drive will be listed and your portable drive with its name and space available. NOTE: You can still perform a backup of your critical files even if you are unable to create a complete system image due to storage availability.
Select your portable drive and click next.
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