1. First thing is to find a suitable storage device.  For this you will need a device which is proficient of storing all of the data you need to back up. To ensure backing up your data is successful, this should be at least twice the size of the hard drive you are going to back up.  To accomplish the best results I recommend an external hard drive, and these are relatively cheap now. Finding a good make such as Seagate or Western Digital, start from around £40 for a 500GB Another method of storing your data is by means of partitioning your hard drive. There are some free tools available on the web such as EASEUS which are relatively easy to use. You should be vigilant as the latter is a less safe option, as the system remains vulnerable to viruses, hard drive failure or even if your device is stolen.
  2. Next thing to do is to plug the device into your computer. This can normally be achieved by using a USB cable or other method of connection. Next is to plug the storage device into the computer you wish to back up. Inserting the device should automatically bring up a box asking what you’d like to do with it. One of the options should be to use the device as a backup and open File History. In the event that this box does not open automatically, you can set up the backup manually by going to the search and looking up File History. It can alternatively be found through the Control Panel.
  3. Next on our list is to configure Advanced Settings. Once the program has opened, you may wish to change some of the settings in the Advanced Settings; this can be found on the left. This will allow you to change how often the computer makes a backup, how long files are kept, and how much space is allowed to be taken up.
  4. Select a backup drive. With the settings configured, make sure that the correct backup drive is selected (the external drive should be chosen by default).
  5. Click “Turn on”. With all of the settings entered properly, click “Turn on”. This should start the process. Be mindful that the first backup can take quite some time and you may wish to begin the process at night or before you leave for work the following day, so that you will not have to use the computer during the time that it is working. That’s it and everything is done. You can now rest assured that your data is getting backed up without you forgetting!