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Data/Files - Backing Up (PC)
This article will walk you through manually backing up files stored on a PC.
With data/files being so important today having a backup of them is extremely important. Please keep in mind you are the steward of your files.
Determine The Amount of Files to Be Backed Up
Step 1: Click Widows Explorer icon on your taskbar.
Step 2: Locate your files
1) Click This PC. 2) Double-click Windows (C:)
Double-click the folder named the same as your NetID.
Step 3: Selecting Files for Backup
Note: If you are using the OneDrive app (recommended) on your computer it may already be backing up your Desktop, Documents and Pictures folders. To verify this, or turn this feature on 1) Click the OneDrive icon. 2) Click the Gear. 3) Click Settings. 4) Click Backup. 5) Click Manage.
For files not being backed up by OneDrive:
1) Select the files to be backed up (Press and hold the Control button on your keyboard then click each file you want to backup). 2) Once all are selected then right click on any of the selected files. 3) Choose Properties.
Step 4: Wait for Windows to Calculate Total Files.
Note: File size/numbers will continue to change as Windows calculates how much/many there are. This may take a while if you have a lot of files.
Backup Your Files
Step 5: Connect An External Drive
Connect an external drive that is large enough to hold the amount shown in the previous step. Open the drive (Open File Explorer > Locate the external drive you connected to the computer then open it). Alternatively, if you are planning to use OneDrive to backup your files, please see https://kb.uwlax.edu/121363 before continuing.
Step 6: Copy Files
1) Place the two windows by each other (From Step 3 and Step 5). 2) Make sure the files you want to copy are selected then click/hold/drag them to the external drive window (Step 5). 3) Release the mouse click. Alternatively, you may choose to drag one folder at a time.
Step 7: Wait for Files to Copy
A new window will appear and your files will begin to copy over.
Note: Other then moving the mouse occassionaly to keep the computer from going to sleep, DO NOT perform any other action on the computer until the below window closes on its own.
Step 8: Verify Files Copied
On the external drive, select the files that were copied to it. (Press and hold the Control button on your keyboard then click each file) to verify the amount/size matches the files stored on your computer.
Note: It may take a few minutes to show the correct amount/size since the computer needs to recount/recalculate the files on the external drive. The amount of GB and items should match what is stored on your computer (see steps 1-4). Size in bytes may NOT be an exact match.
Congratulations, you have successfully backed up your files!
For further assistance please contact the Eagle Help Desk at x8774.