Back up and restore your files

It's always good to have a backup. Keep copies of your files on another drive in case something happens to the originals.

Set up your backup

Select the Start

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button, then select Settings > Update & security > Backup > Add a drive and choose an external drive or network location for your backups.

Backup page in Settings

All set. Every hour, we’ll back up everything in your user folder (C:\Users\username). To change which files get backed up or how often backups happen, go to More options.

Restore your files

If you’re missing an important file or folder, here’s how to get it back:

  1. Search for Restore files from the taskbar and select Restore your files with File History.

  2. Look for the file you need and then use the arrows to see all its versions.

  3. When you find the version you want, select the Restore button to save it in its original location. To save it in a different place, right-click (or press and hold) the Restore button, select Restore to, and then choose a new location.


Article ID: 17143 - Last Review: Jun 13, 2016 - Revision: 9