Written by Jos

How do I make a backup in Windows 10?

Few people regularly back up their valuable data. Strange if you think about it, because it's not a lot of effort. Keep reading to know how you can easily make a backup in Windows 10 yourself.

The system copy

We're going to focus on making a system copy. As the name already suggests, this is a complete copy of the system. All your files, programs, and settings are included in this backup. You can use Windows 10 to just back up your files. Since it doesn't include your programs and settings, we don't recommend this.

Step 1: Consult the backup function

  • Click the Start button on the bottom left of your screen.
  • Type Backup.
  • Click Backup settings.
  • In this screen, click Go to Backup and Restore Windows 7.

Step 2: Connect external media

Before you check the correct options, you first have to connect an external hard drive. It's very important not to make a backup on an internal disk. If something happens to your device, you will also lose your backup. Always use an external disk for backups.

Step 3: Select a backup drive

  • Select Make a system copy in the left-hand menu.
  • After this, click On a hard drive.
  • Select the hard drive you'd like to save the backup to.
  • Click Next.

Step 4: Select the right options

  • Select all stations you'd like to add to the backup. The station that Windows 10 is installed on is automatically selected.
  • Click Next.
  • After this, you can finally click Start backup.


You can keep using your laptop or computer during the backup. The backup can take up to 2 hours, depending on the amount of data you want to transfer. Don't forget to disconnect your external media afterwards, and keep them in a safe place. Repeat this process once in a while (monthly, for example), so you know for sure that all your files, programs, and settings are safe.

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