In this guide I explain how to do a simple manual backup. I’m not going to get too involved in this post teaching you how to use backup software but that may come at a later time.
First thing you will need is a External hard drive or a NAS server depending on what you prefer to use to back up your computer.
Personally I use both by backing up to a external drive once a month which I keep offline and then backing up daily and monthly to my NAS server which isn’t mapped directly to my local computer. Reason why I do both is because if ransom ware somehow finds it’s way to my NAS server than I want to be able to make sure I have a backup plan which is my offline monthly backup.
NAS servers you can’t buy at your local Wal-mart but you can find them online at websites like Amazon or Newegg. If you do get a nas server I recommend getting one with at least two hard drives that you can setup in a raid 1. If you get one with 4 disks then u can do a raid 5. This guide does not cover how to setup a NAS server.
Once you have your backup media you will want to plugin your external drive to your computer and find the empty drive using file explorer.
If you have a nas server open file explorer and type in your server name and share name in the address bar. Example:\\YOURSERVERNAME\YOURSHARENAME
Once you have open your storage media in file explorer you will need to open up another window in file explorer that contains what you want to back up. Example: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\
Now copy the contents from your local machine to the empty drive or nas location by using Ctrl + A to select all, Ctrl + C to copy, and use Ctrl + V with the backup location selected to paste the files into the backup.