How to set up backup in Windows 7

Tech TricksBacking up your data is absolutely crucial, especially when you’re a start-up. Windows 7 has a great automatic backup feature that will do all the work for you – all you need to do is set it up.


First, go to My Computer, then right-click on the drive you want to backup. Select Properties, and then click on the “Tools” tab.


At the bottom of the pop-up box you’ll see an option that says Backup. Click on “Back Up Now” and this will take you to a set-up screen, where you should pick “Set Up Backup”.


You can let Windows decide what to backup, or you can do it yourself. Pick carefully – you don’t want to leave anything that could be useful later on.


After following the prompts, you’ll find you can schedule a time for all your backups. A good rule of thumb is scheduling a weekly backup, but you may only want to do one fortnightly or monthly.


Once you save your settings, the backup will begin, and will do so again based on the schedule you’ve set.


Make sure you’ve kept the backup in a secure location – don’t store it on the same drive.


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