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If you are a person which spends a lot of time in front of the computer doing work, then you are aware of the importance of having a proper backup of your archive so if anything bad happens you will lose almost none of the work.

We can never tell when we might experience HDD failures or when we might be a victim of cyber attacks, natural disasters,s and other unpredictable circumstances where we could lose all of our data in a matter of minutes. Having a backup of our data is very important but sometimes we are too busy or not around and we miss that data backup we wanted to do, and if in this case disaster strikes we are out of luck and data is lost. To avoid such circumstances, you can set up automatic Windows Backups at a scheduled time. This way it will help to have the loss of important files and documents from unexpected hazards.

in order to create automatic backups of your files, you have several options, and below we will explore each one in hopes that you will find one that best suits your needs.

  1. Create automatic file backup with OneDrive

    This is probably the best way to do it because each time when you sign in OneDrive files get backed up right away, files are stored in the cloud and can be accessed on any device via a Microsoft account.
    To get started, open the Settings app first.
    Click on the Update & Security category
    Select the Backup tab from the left pane.
    Move to the right page and click on the Back up files button that is available under Back up files to OneDrive.
    Select the folders you want to backup in the cloud, and remove those ones you don’t want to backup.
    On the next page, click the Start backup button to start the procedure.

  2. Create a backup using File History

    File History is an inbuilt feature that allows users to create automatic file backup on Windows 10. File History allows the users to back up their files in an external or cloud drive at different intervals of time. To create automatic file backup using File History:
    Press the ⊞ WINDOWS + I to open the Settings app.
    Click on the Update & Security category and then select the Backup tab from the left pane.
    Under the Back up using File History section, click on Add a drive button.
    Now choose the drive to store the backup files. Windows will use this drive for File History.
    Then turn on the toggle button under Automatically back up my files. This will back up your data to the drive automatically whenever you connect it to the system.
    Below the toggle button, click on the “More options” link to set how frequently File History will back up.
    Use the Keep my backups drop-down menu to get the option to configure the time for how long you want to keep your backups. By default, it will keep your backups forever.
    Under the section Back up these folders, tap on the Add a folder button in order to add one more folder to the backup. Then click on the Add a folder button, under Exclude these folders. This will exclude the files that you don’t want to back up.
    You can stop the drive from storing backup files to change the backup storage location. To do this, click the Stop using drive option under the Back up to a different drive category.

  3. Backup using Windows backup & restore tool

    Open Control Panel
    Click on the System and Security option
    Scroll down and select the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) button
    Next click on the Set up backup button, available under the Back up or restore your files section
    Under the Save backup on section, select the Backup Destination where you want your backup files to get stored
    On the “Set up backup” page, Windows will ask you to choose the way to backup, check Let me choose checkbox, and then hit the Next button
    Under the section Computer, select the files and folders you want to backup. Then uncheck the box next to the Include a system image of drives option, and then hit the Next button
    Now click on the Change schedule link. Set the time and check the box beside Run backup on a schedule button
    Click OK then select the Save settings and run backup option

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