Windows backup software allows you to create a copy of your hard drive contents to keep in a safe place, letting you quickly restore lost files in the event of a drive failure or wayward software update.more
Windows backup software allows you to create a copy of your hard drive contents to keep in a safe place, letting you quickly restore lost files in the event of a drive failure or wayward software update. The best backup apps let you set a schedule and choose which folders to duplicate. And some let you make a bootable clone of your drive, so you can get right back to work after a drive failure.
Windows 10 comes with a built-in utility that lets you automatically backup the contents of your user folder to an external storage device. Head to Start > Settings > Update & security > Backup and then tap "Add a drive" to choose where to keep your backups. By default, Windows will run a backup every hour, but tap "More options" to change the frequency.
For more control over what gets backed up and where, check out Acronis. You can create a clone of the entire contents of a hard drive-- including OS, applications, settings, and files -- and then restore everything or just specific files. For $49.99, you can back up to local devices. With an annual subscription starting at $39.99, back up to Acronis's cloud-based servers.
If you want to make free cloud-based backups of specific files and documents, Google has Backup and Sync, a Windows app that continuously copies local folders to Google Drive. You can set which folders to back up to Drive -- including photos and videos -- as well as sync specific folders from Drive back to your PC. Your backup files count toward your Drive cap.