How To Set Up Your Backup In Windows 8.1

The Importance of Backing Up Your Data

You don’t realize how important your backups are until your hard drive crashes. When your disk fails and you don’t have a backup, that’s when you start hyperventilating and at that point there may or may not be any way to recover your data depending on how bad this failure is. Of course the best option is to store your files online, off-site as we call it, through a cloud provider, but you can have a free backup locally through Windows system which will copy the specified folders inside your hard drive or an external disk. Although, your data will be safe, it won’t be accessible by your other devices when you are away. With a small annual or monthly fee you can upload the important files on the cloud to enjoy both safety and remote access. Besides with a Carbonite offer coupon code, you can save part of your purchasing cost.

Now let’s have a look on the two free backup ways Windows 8 offers.

Two Types of Backup in Windows 8

There are actually two types of backup in Windows 8. The first one is the same as in Windows 7 where it was called “backup and restore”. In Windows 8 it’s called Windows 7 file recovery. This program functions the same way backup and restore functioned in Windows 7. Let’s take a look at this step by step.

Backup and Restore Program – Activation and Configuration

Here’s how to activate and configure the “Backup and Restore” feature of Windows 8: Press the Windows key on your keyboard to get the Start Menu and type “Windows 7 recovery” in the Search Box which it will show under Settings. Click on it and a new window will turn up. Now, the first time you go in here you are going to see the “setup backup” button. Then you’ll prompted to choose which drive to backup too, meaning where the backup folder will be placed. Then you are given two options: “Let windows choose” or “Let me choose”.

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If you select the first one windows will copy everything on your computer (your programs,  data files) and it will make a system image which will be used to put your computer back in the state it was in before the crash or accidental folder erase. These files will be copied regularly according to the schedule you set. If you click the second option, you can pick the folders for backing up yourself according to your judgement.  You can also choose if you want a system image in the backup as well. If you are not very familiar with computers, select the first option.

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Now click next and set up the schedule of the backup. By default it’s set on weekly, but if you want you can change it to daily. Then, just click Save and Exit and the program will start backing up files.

This particular version has the advantage of including everything in the backup schedule (as long as you have enough space). The disadvantage was that obviously it’s going to backup at 7pm and if you’ve been working the whole day on something and your hard drive crashes at 6pm, before the backup takes place, you’re going to lose whatever you’ve been working on. So, to that effect Microsoft came up with their File History program, which is the other backup program.

How to Set Up the File History Feature

Go to windows menu and type “file history” at the search box to find it. In File History dialog box all you have to select is where it’s going to backup to and click “Turn on”  and it will start copying your data files. It’s going to store everything that is in the library and will do it on the fly, so you can be working all day, you won’t lose any data. It’s great in that respect; that it backs up as you go. Its disadvantage is that it doesn’t create an image of the system as well.set up windows 8 file history

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