A reader asked how to automatically back up just a few files to a USB drive in Windows 10. Let me show you how.

Start by typing Backup settings into your start box and clicking on the result.

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Select Add a drive.

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Then choose your drive.

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Then choose More options

Choose More options

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Scroll down to Back up these folders. Click the + icon to add folders. To remove folders, just click on the list.

 

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To remove folders, just click on the list. Then click the Remove button.

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Once you choose the folders you wish to back up, you can decide to run a manual backup or to schedule backups.  Make sure you have your external drive plugged at the times your backups are scheduled.

You can choose to keep the backups anywhere between 1 week and forever.

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If you want to stop using a drive, click on Stop using file.

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