This tutorial shows how to backup your data from a local computer to an USB/Firewire or other removable drive by using a backup software such as Backup2 USB. Once installed, Backup2 USB lets you define a backup job and either run the backup to USB/Firewire manually or set it on automatic execution (to run it automaticallly, the USB device should be connected). The first step in backing your data to USB/Firewire is to download and install Backup2 USB.
Once Backup2 USB is installed you can define your backup job using the backup wizard (simply click on the main Backup button and follow the steps). You can backup your data to a USB drive or from a USB drive using Backup2 USB. This is a practical backup destination as it allows you to store important files to external devices, offering increased portability.
Backup to USB or FireWire hard drivesThere are external USB hard drives with transfer performance close to that of internal hard drives. These portable hard drives connect through USB or Firewire, and they can be either standalone external hard drives, or USB enclosures (where an actual hard drive is installed into the enclosure and then the enclosure is plugged into the computer, thus creating a normal USB backup device). Given the size of nowadays hard drives, this can be considered a mass storage device for backup purposes.
There are external hard drives that beside the USB technology use also FireWire as a connection port. On one side FireWire hard drives tend to have increased speed over USB, but on the other side USB ports are more common on computers.
Steps in backing up to USB drive with Backup2 USB:
- Start your USB device. Before starting the backup process make sure that the USB drive is started and working. Usually the enclosure should have a start button and display the status of the drive using led displays. When it is started usually a green led is lighted.
- Make sure your drive is formatted. If you have just purchased the drive and didn’t use it yet, you might have to format it (only if you didn’t use it before, since formatting will erase everything from it). Formatting the USB drive in Windows XP:
- Go to Start->Settings->Control panel->Administrative tools->Computer Management.
- Under Computer Management click Disk Management then check the right-bottom window (scrolling down if necessary)
- You should see the additional hard drive disk; right-click on it, choose New partition, then follow the instructions to format the hard drive.
- Test to see if the drive is now recognized by going to Windows Explorer (a new drive letter should appear)
- Configure Backup2 USB. If the drive is formatted and recognized by Windows, it will be recognized by Backup2 USB too. Now, to backup to the USB drive you should define a backup job in Backup2 USB that has the destination set to the USB drive. To ensure this, please select the backup job you want to run, press CTRL+P in order to open the Backup Properties window, go to the Destination - Removable page and check the Change destination to removable media. After that you only have to select a drive from the Removable drive drop down list. You can also define a new backup job and in the destination window select the USB drive.
Some USB drives have a button to start the execution of an associated program. If you have such a device you can configure Backup2 USB to execute a backup job or a backup group when the button is pressed. After the USB drive is ready, go to the Tools->Options menu of Backup2 USB, select One Touch Backup and press Detect to check if the USB drive is compatible with the One Touch Backup feature of Backup2 USB.
How to backup to USBSteps to follow:
- Open Backup2 USB and select File->New Backup (Ctrl+N).
- On the first page, enter a name for the backup in the Backup Name field.
- In the Where do you want to save the backup? section, select the USB drive as backup destination. Press Next.
- On the What do you want to backup page, add the backup sources. Press Next.
- On the third page, you can choose the backup type and the encryption.
- Press Save and run.