You have repeatedly done Backup from your computer’s hard drive to external media like another drive or on the cloud. It is essential because our data is helpful to us, and there are chances of physical damage to our hard drives. Also, there are chances of data theft or hacking, so we have Backup of our data in any form so that if we accidentally lose our data, we should have another option. To create a Backup on windows 11, here are different methods that you can use to back up your data.
Methods to Backup Windows 11
There are the following different methods of Backup to create on Windows 11.
- Image backup
- File backup
1. Image Backup
You can perform image backup from the control panel. Image backup is committed to creating a backup of your entire system. Then, it doesn’t matter what you store on your drive. Anything will be snaped and packed into a single ISO file.
2. File Backup
This is accessed through the control panel. In file Backup, as it is cleared from a name, you can make a Backup of selected files and the folder of your choice. It doesn’t include windows settings; if your windows crash, you need to reinstall them again.
How to Backup Windows 11
We already know the types of Backup, and now time to perform a Backup on windows 11. It doesn’t matter which process you like to choose for your Backup based on your needs. Follow the below steps to create a Backup with both types on windows 11.
1. Image Backup
Image backup is done through the control panel. For image backup, as we are going to complete system backup, we should select an external drive. Remember that you need to reformat your drive before creating a backup. So if you have any valuable data, we recommend you copy or move this data to other safe industries. Follow these steps to go on;
- Click on start and go to Control Panel, select Backup and Restore (Windows 7), then click Create a system image.
- Please note that this will not roll back your system to Windows 7!
- In the next window, choose the location where you want the image backup sent, then click Next.
- Select any drives you wish to back up, then click Next to begin the Backup process.
After some time, this process will complete, and another device will secure your data in case this device gets accidentally damaged or attacked by hackers.
2. File Backup
You can also access this with the control panel. This type of Backup is best when you don’t have an external drive, or your external drive is small in size, or it is a Backup of files, folders, any projects or photos etc. Before going into Backup, ensure your hard drive is in the correct file format. There are two ways to create a file backup in windows 11.
. Manually transfer
If you have already made a Backup of your whole system and after some weeks you have added new files and folders, and you want to create the Backup of these files and folders, then manually transferring files is the best method to create a backup if you have an extensive data to move then this isn’t the best option. This will take much time if your data is in a large amount. For a large amount of data, we recommend you use File Backup.
- Connect the external drive to your computer, then double-click the This PC icon on your desktop.
- Locate and double-click your external drive within the “Devices and drives” section to open it.
- While leaving that window open, use Ctrl+N to open a new File Explorer window.
- Navigate to the file or folder location in the new File Explorer window.
- Select all of the files or folders you wish to back up, then use Ctrl+C to copy them to your clipboard.
- You open and use Ctrl+V to paste the files or folders in the external hard drive’s File Explorer windows.
. File History
Windows 11 adds new and exciting features to the operating system for the best experience. As windows 11 is doing all the hard work by itself. It automatically creates a Backup of your selected files and folders and everything the search history contains in file explorer. The Backup will be making everything in history C:\Users\<username>.
- Click the Windows icon, then type and select “File History”.
- Click OK after selecting the drive you want to save the files. Click Yes when prompted.
- If you have performed the File History backup before on the same drive, then you will need to choose to Select an existing backup, as well.
After some time, the Backup completes and saves your data in case of loss. You can anytime use this Backup and get the files or folders which Backup you have already created.