Locate data on your Windows 10 computer and create a basic backup plan. One option is to store data to a USB drive. Learn how to copy data to this kind of external drive using a drag and drop technique as well as others, and use these same techniques to move data or restore it, should a computer failure or data loss occur.
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- [Voiceover] You may have already used your new computer to surf the web, send and receive email, or make purchases online, but as time goes on you'll also begin to use your new PC to create data. If you store that data to your computer, and your computer breaks or is stolen, your data will be lost. Thus it's very important to back up the data you create, just in case disaster strikes. Here's some data I've created on my PC. To see your own data, click start, and click file explorer. Then navigate to documents or pictures, or some other applicable folder.
I'll click videos. One way to back up data is to manually copy it to a USB thumb drive, or an external drive. There are lots of other ways, though. You'll learn later in this course how to back up data automatically using file history, or, save it to OneDrive, which is a built in online storage option. For now though, we'll save to a USB drive. Insert a USB stick into a free USB port on your PC to get started. It only fits one way, so don't worry if you've never done it before.
You might hear a sound or even see a prompt. File explorer might even open, all on its own. Once any setup processes have completed, the USB drive is ready to use. You can locate the drive and the data on it in file explorer, which as noted might have opened automatically. However if it didn't, you'll need to know how to browse to it just the same, so you can work with the data you'll save there. To do that, you'll open another instance of file explorer. Again, click start, click file explorer, and scroll down to find the new USB drive.
This is mine, and notice it has nothing on it. So how do you use these two open file explorer windows to manually back up, restore, and move data from your computer to this new drive? One way is to drag it there. In order to drag data though, you'll need to position the windows side by side. Here's how to do that. One way is to drag the window to the right and snap it. And drag the other window to the left and snap it.
From there, if you'd like, you can close other open windows and position the windows by dragging from their edges or corners. Note the file explorer window here on the left is the media on my computer, and the file explorer window on the right is the USB drive. Now, locate data that's on your computer from the left instance of file explorer, and drag it to the right instance of file explorer, and drop it. This means you hold down the left mouse button while you drag, and let it up when you drop.
This will create a copy of the data on the removable drive, and this is how you back up data to an external drive. If you ever need to restore the same data, perform the same task again, but this time drag the data from the removable drive to the desired location on the computer. Sometimes you'll want to move data instead of copying it. To move data, you'll need to right click when you drag. When you let go of the mouse, you'll see the option to copy or to move, and you'll choose move.
You may also opt to move data, when you want to move data, say, off of an old computer and onto a new one. Here's an example of that. Right click, drag, and when you let go, choose move here. Notice the media file is no longer on the computer, and now it is only on the USB drive. There are lots of other ways to copy or move data. You can right click any file and click copy, and then right click where you'd like it to be copied to, and click paste.
Choose cut if you want to move the file instead. You can also select multiple files by holding down the control or shift key as you select. I'll show you how to do that using some pictures in the picture folder. If I want to move only this first folder, and only the third folder, hold down the control key as you click. Then you can drag and drop both folders at the same time. If you'd like to select contiguous folders, you do the same thing but you hold the shift key down.
Here I'll click the first folder, hold the shift key, and click the very last image. And note now that all items in between are selected. How can you use this information to get data off of an old computer and on to your new one? It's the same principle, really. You insert the USB drive in to an open slot on the old PC, perform the move or copy task, and then remove the drive and insert it in to the new PC. There's an icon to safely eject a connected device like this one, on the right side of the taskbar.
You may have to click the arrow to find it, and it looks like this. You'll use the same techniques to restore the data. Make sure you copy and move data into their respective folders when you do. You'll put picture in the pictures folder, music in the music folder, and so on. See if you can think of any other ways to apply this technique. You could, for instance, manually back up important files so that you have them both at home and at the office. Or perhaps you want to keep sensitive data off a computer completely. How often you perform backups of this type depend on you and your needs, but always back up important data immediately.
Take a few minutes now to practice these techniques before moving on.
Expert author Joli Ballew then explores important backup and recovery options, including how to configure and use System Restore. She shows how to remove all the unnecessary and unwanted software and then add your desired software and apps.
The course wraps up with some advanced tasks, including setting program defaults, configuring virtual desktops, adding users, and configuring family safety and security settings.
- Registering a new PC
- Connecting to networks
- Installing updates
- Setting up backups
- Creating a recovery drive
- Installing software
- Setting program defaults
- Adding users
- Configuring Family Safety
- Accessing media