Since the first wave of the pandemic has struck the world, there is no going back to the new normal. Remote learning and working have become the talk of the town and instead of investing in formal and smart casuals, people have resorted to loungewear. With the decreased use of office space, the nexus of wires and cables rose to the occasion and became a temporary digital workspace. From the general team meeting to client pitches and appraisals, every aspect of a workplace has conveniently shifted to remote locations in different folders of your PC.
With increased dependency on gadgets, it is quite implied that you must take good care of the data in your system. Needless to say, this creates a major requirement for a secured backup procedure. So, if you are fretting about the sensitive data in your system, we will tell you how to backup entire windows 10 in a few simple steps.
How to backup windows 10: step by step guide
Using cloud Backup
A great way to ensure that none of your data is lost in the clutter is to either transfer or sync the data to the cloud. Microsoft has its own OneDrive which is a built-in drive for Windows 10 systems. It can be used as a go-to option for backing up your data on a regular basis.
Most of these cloud storages offer a free space up to 5, 10 and 15 GB depending on the compatibility with the system. If your data exceeds the limit, you must buy some additional space which is provided with the help of flexible plans. In order to install cloud backup, follow these steps-
- In the windows notification, click Help and Settings. From there, go to settings and navigate to Manage Backup from the Backup option
- Next, click on the folders that you want to select for back up
- Click on Start backup to initiate the process
Automatic backup support
Automatic backups are reliable as well as quick. Zinstall offers a complete backup of your system. You can configure automatic backups on Windows 10 in the following easy steps-
- Click on the Settings icon on your system and go to Update and Security
- Click on Backup and select the option ‘Looking for an older backup’. From there, click the Go to backup and restore option
- In the Backup menu, you will find the Set up a backup icon
- Choose a removable drive that shall store the entire backup and click on the next button
- There, you will find two options. You can either let Windows recommend you the files that must be backed up or choose the specific files and folders. In either case, the files will be backed up at the regular interval
- Choose one of the above options and click on the ‘Next’ button. (If you have opted for manual selection of options, you must select the specific data files for backup)
- Look for the Change schedule option and click on the Run backup on a schedule option. You will be directed to a dialogue box that will ask you to specify all your requirements regarding the frequency of backup
- After checking off all the boxes, click the ok button and save your settings before exiting.
Congratulations! You have successfully backed up your data in a removable hard drive.
Before you actually jump on to creating backups of your data, here are some essential tips that may come in handy while completing the backup-
- Always rely on multiple methods for backup. Ideally, you should have at least one offsite and one onsite backup of your data for complete protection and privacy
- Onsite backups are mostly backups which literally mean storing data in the same geographical location as yours. This means that if you back up your data to an external hard drive that is stored in your house, it will refer to an onsite backup. Onsite backup can be easily destroyed as it is in the same vicinity as your own system.
- Offsite data refers to storing data in a location that is away from your location. This means that if you are backing up your data and storing it via dropbox or Backblaze.
- While onsite backups are faster, they are less secure because of the close proximity to the actual system.
- You can also automate your backup folder which shall ensure that any new updates to your existing data will also be backed up automatically. It may sound a bit complicated in the beginning but once you get a hang of it, an automated tool can be a life-saver in contingent situations.
Backing up is an integral part of the work culture and its importance has only increased in the work from home culture. Thus, it becomes important to ensure that the integrity of data is not compromised in any situation.