Use 「File History」 to back up your files to an external drive such as a USB flash driver or a portable hard drive, you also can back up to a network location. File History regularly backs up versions of your files in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. Over time, you'll have a complete history of your files. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files. For example, if you want to restore an older version of a file (even if it wasn't deleted or lost), you can browse through a timeline, select the version you want, and restore it.

Note: In default, File History only backs up copies of files that are in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you need to add them manually. (You can’t manually add a non-default folder to back up in Windows 11.)

 

To provide you more detailed instruction, you can also click ASUS Youtube video link below to know more about How to Backup and Restore your files

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2incSlBiBms

 

 

Please go to the corresponding instruction based on the current Windows operating system on your computer:

 

Windows 11 operating system

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Backup your files with 「File History」

  1. Type and search [File History]in the Windows search bar, then click [Open].
  2. Select [Select drive].
  3. Select a drive which you want to use to back up your files, then select [OK].
    If you want to back up your files to an external device, please make sure it has been connected.
  4. After choosing a drive, the File History feature will be enabled.
    You can select [Advanced settings]to set up the cycle time and period of backup settings. 

    Choose the Save copies of file: how often you want to back up your files once, and the Keep saved versions: how long you want to keep your files, then select [Save changes].
  5. If there are some folders by default settings you don’t want to back up, select [Exclude folders].

    Click [Add]to add folders you don’t want to save copies, then select [Save changes].

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Restore your files with 「File History」

You can use 「File History」 to restore a file or whole files from a backed-up drive, and you can select a specific date to restore it if you had backed up your files with different versions by date. If you were using an external drive to back up your files, please make sure the drive has connected to the computer.

  1. Type and search [File History]in the Windows search bar, then click [Open].
  2. Select [Restore personal files].
  3. You can select a file/folder, multiple files/folders, or all folders from the backup drive to restore it. After the selection is completed, click the [Restore] iconand then Windows will start restoring your files.
    Click the left arrow and right arrow icon to browse different versions of your files and folders by date.

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Windows 10 operating system

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Backup your files with 「File History」

  1. Type and search [Backup settings]in the Windows search bar, then click [Open].
  2. Select [Add a drive], then select a drive which you want to use to back up your files.
    If you want to back up your files to an external device, please make sure it has been connected.
  3. After choosing a drive, the Automatically back up my files option will be enabled, and then please select [More options]to set up the cycle time and folder of backup settings. 
  4. Choose the cycle time: how often you want to back up your files once, and the period: how long you want to keep your files.
  5. The following will list which folders are backed up, and you also can select [Add a folder] to add the folders you want to back up
  6. After the setup is completed, please select [Back up now].
  7. After the backup is completed, it will display as below.
  8. If you want to change to different backup drive, you need to stop using your current backup drive first. Please select [Stop using drive], then you will be able to choose another drive to back up your file.

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Restore your files with 「File History」

You can use 「File History」 to restore a file or whole files from a backed-up drive, and you can select a specific date to restore it if you had backed up your files with different versions by date. If you were using an external drive to back up your files, please make sure the drive has connected to the computer.

  1. Type and search [Backup settings] in the Windows search bar, then click [Open].
  2. Select [More options].
  3. Scroll down the page and select [Restore files from a current backup].
  4. You can select a file/folder, multiple files/folders, or all folders from the backup drive to restore it. After the selection is completed, click the [Restore] iconand then Windows will start restoring your files.
    Click the left arrow and right arrow icon to browse different versions of your files and folders by date.

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