Backing Up Your Files (Windows 10, 8)

HP PCs – Backing Up Your Files (Windows 10, 8)

This document pertains to HP computers with Windows 10 or Windows 8.
To avoid file loss, regularly back up your files on an external hard drive.
Back up files in File History

File History automatically backs up files that are in your libraries, contacts list, favorites, and on your desktop. If the originals are lost, corrupted, or deleted, you can restore one file or all the files. You can also find previous versions of your files from specific dates.
You can back up your files to an external drive such as a USB memory stick or portable hard drive. These instructions describe how to back up your files to an external drive.
Backing up your files in Windows 10

  1. Connect your external drive to the computer. If an Autoplay window opens, close it.
  2. In Windows, search for and open File History settings.
    The Settings window opens.
  3. Click the Off/On button to On.
       NOTE:
    If the Off/On button does not display, click Add a drive, then click your external drive when Windows locates the drive.
    Figure : Back up using File History

    Back up using File History

  4. To back up your files immediately, click More options, then click Back up now.
    Figure : Backup Options

    Backup Options

  5. If there are specific folders or libraries you do not want to save, add them to Exclude these folders.
    Figure : Exclude these folders

    Exclude these folders

  6. Click the Back up my files drop-down menu, then select how often you want Windows to back up your files.
    Figure : Back up my files

    Drop-down menu for Back up my files

  7. Click the Keep my backups drop-down menu, then select how long you want Windows to keep your files.
    Figure : Keep my backups

Restore saved files with File History

With File History, you can restore one file or all the files you have backed up. You can also find different versions of your files from specific dates.
Use the following steps to restore saved files:
  1. Connect your external drive to the computer. If an Autoplay window opens, close it.
  2. In Windows, search for and open Restore your files with File History.
    The File History window opens.
  3. Click the file you want to restore or right-click to select all the folders.
    Figure : Restoring all files

    Restoring all files

  4. Click the Restore  button.
    Your files are restored.

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