Schedule backups

If you're busy, you might not have time to manually back up your files every week. Fortunately, you can schedule backups to occur automatically. This takes a few minutes to set up, but once you've done so, you'll be

To schedule a weekly backup, proceed with Windows Backup as shown in Back up your files manually article (steps 1 to 6), then:

1. On the Completing the Backup or Restore Wizard page, click Advanced.

2. On the Type of Backup page, click Next.

3. On the How to Back Up page, click Next.

4. On the Backup Options page, select Replace the existing backups. Then click Next.

5. On the When to Back Up page, click Later. In the Job name box, type Backup. Then click Set Schedule.

6. On the Schedule tab in the Schedule Job dialog box, click the Schedule Task list, and then click Weekly.

7. In the Start time box, specify a time of day when your computer will not be used for several hours, such as 3:00 AM. In the Schedule Task Weekly area, select the day of the week you want to back up your files. If you are backing up files overnight, remember to leave your computer running the night before.

8. Click the Settings tab. Select the Wake the computer to run this task check box, then click OK.

9. Back to On the When to Back Up page, click Next.

10. In the Set Account Information dialog box, type your password in both the Password and Confirm password fields. Then click OK.

11. In the Account Information Warning dialog box, click OK.

12. On the Completing the Backup or Restore Wizard page, click Finish.

Your computer will automatically back up your files to your external hard disk drive every week at the time you specified.