Free Training on How to Take Windows 7 Data Backup

Data Backup is a mechanism by which all essential data is stored in the hard-disk of a computer or a file server which is later copied to another media such as CD, DVD, tape, pen drive or external hard drive, etc.

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Backing up important files is the best you can do to safeguard all essential data which you’ve created and stored on your computer. This way, you can restore or recover all your data files from the computer in case of hardware failure or accidental deletion of files.

Follow the steps mentioned below to learn how to set up a backup in Windows 7:

Step 1: To get started, go to the Start Menu and click on the “Computer” tab. (Check the screenshot below)

computer Tab

Step 2: Right click on any drive and click on the “Properties” option. (Check the screenshot below)

Drive Properties

Step 3: The “Local Disk Properties” window will now appear on your screen. Click on the “Tools” tab.

Step 4: Click on “Back Up Now…” button. (Check the screenshot below)

Back-up now

Step 5: Next, click on the “Set up Backup” button. (Check the screenshot below)

Set up Backup

Step 6: Provide an appropriate destination path for backup.

Step 7: Click on “Save on A Network…” tab. (We can also select a USB drive or tape drive for storing backups) (Check the screenshot below)

Save on Network

Step 8: Click on browse and provide the network path.

Step 9: Click on the “OK” tab. (Check the screenshot below)

provide network path

Step 10: Select the network path in the next window and click on the “Next” button. (Check the screenshot below)

select network path

Step 11: “Set up Backup” window will now appear on your screen. Select the “Let me Choose” option and click on the “Next” tab. (Check the screenshot below)

Choose the backup

Step 12: The next “Set Up” window will display the question, “What Do You Want to Back Up?” Select the data files or folders you want to have a backup for.

Step 13: If you want to create a system image for the same, select “Include a system image of drive: System Reserved, (C:)” option.

Step 14: Click on the “Next” tab. (Check the screenshot below)

select files or folders

Step 15: You can even set the schedule by clicking on the “Change Schedule” tab.

Step 16: Click on the “Save Settings and Exit” button. (Check the screenshot below)

change schedule

Step 17: Set the schedule – how often, what day and what time – and click on the “OK” tab to save all new settings.  (Check the screenshot below)

Select backup time

Step 18: Click on “Save Settings and Exit” tab. (Check the screenshot below)

save setting and run backup

Step 19: The process of backup will be initiated. The user will now be able to restore the files. (Check the screenshot below)

You’ve just learnt how to setup Win 7 data backup.

Backup in progress


Steps on How to Restore Files from Backup 

In case you accidently deleted an important data file or somehow the data corrupts, you can easily restore it by using Restore Process.

Step 1: Click on the “Restore My Files” tab. (Check the screenshot below)

restore my files

Step 2: Under the “Restore Files (Advanced)” window, click on “Browse for Folders” tab.

Step 3: Select the folder where you backed up your important data files and click “Next.” (Check the screenshot below)

browse for folder

Step 4: The next window will display the question, “Where do you want to restore your files?” Select the following option – “In The Original Location.”

Step 5: Click on the “Restore” tab. (Check the screenshot below)


Step 6: A dialogue box will now appear on your screen displaying, “There is already a file with the same name in this location”. Click on “Copy and Replace” option. (Check the screenshot below)

copy and replace

Step 7: You have successfully restored the files. Now click on the “Finish” button. (Check the screenshot below)

Finish Restore

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