How to automatically backup your files in Windows 8

The new feature introduced in Windows 8 allows you to automatically backup all your important personal files such as .pdf, word documents and images to secure place. This all new feature in Windows 8 is termed as File history.

When you turn on the file history option, you can automatically backup files which are very important to you. You can either trigger it manually or you can also schedule to run at specific times. I know you’ve the fear of losing these files if hard drive crashes, but you can also save your backup files to the destinations such as USB or network drive. If by chance, you lose your personal files, you can always come back and look for the recent backup. You can restore this recent backup to get the files back into your computer.

Let’s just see how File History works in Windows 8:

  1. Take out an empty USB drive and connect it to the computer. I’ve mentioned it to be empty but all you’ve to ensure is that it should have enough to space to hold the backup files.
  2. When you’re into metro layout, simply type a phrase – file history.
  3. Now, under the right sidebar, click on the setting option.
  4. You’ll have bunch of results for this phrase. Now, look for an option with the name – File History.
  5. Let it detect and display the USB drive.
  6. A small popup window will appear with an option to turn on file history.
  7. Simply click on this turn button and a new message will appear on your screen – “File history is saving copies of your files for the first time.
  8. Once it has completed the process, file history will show the timing of when the last backup was generated.

Now, until this point we talked about taking backup in USB drive. Now, we will talk about putting this backup on network drive.

  • · Turn off the file history by clicking the button that is given over there.
  • · Remove the USB stick or drive that you’ve connected to the computer.
  • · Check out for an option called select drive option from the left sidebar.
  • · Click on the n/w location icon.
  • · Now, you’ll have number of network connected PCs and drives being shown to you.
  • · Simply click on the name of the network drive that you want to use for this operation.
  • · Select the destination folder where you want to save your backup files generated from file history.
  • · If you don’t want to share any existing folder, simply create a new folder underneath and choose that.
  • · If windows asks you whether you want to move your existing files to this new location; choose no.
  • · This will now set network drive as the new backup location.

Excluding Folders

· If you don’t want certain folders to be selected for backup. On the left panel, choose exclude folder options; click add and choose the respective folders that you want to exclude from the list.

It is comparatively easy to setup the automatic backup on Windows 8 than to use any third party software to achieve. Please share your views on this.

Hello friends, my name is Naser Mohd Baig. I love to write about tech updates and operating systems. I work at Smartphone Experts. I also manage Tecnigen.