How to Back Up a Toshiba Laptop

By Ruri Ranbe

Part of being a responsible computer user means regularly backing up your files once a month. While Toshiba does not have downloadable or pre-installed software specifically designed to back up laptop files, there are a number of other ways to back up your Toshiba hard drive. By using an external hard drive or USB drive and taking advantage of online storage facilities, you can protect your files and keep them safe from data loss or hard drive failure.

Step 1

Determine how much space you'll need to back up your Toshiba laptop's hard drive. If you are intending to back up your entire hard drive, or have a lot of video and music files you want to save, you'll likely need an external hard drive. On the other hand, if you only want to back up your most important documents, a USB drive should suffice.

Step 2

Separate your video, music, pictures, games and documents into separate folders. Right-click each folder and then click "Properties." Do this for your C: drive, too.

Step 3

Locate the "Size" or "Capacity" section on the "General" tab. The number to the right indicates how large the folder is, with all the files included. This information should give you an idea of what kind of secondary storage system you'll require. If you're looking at over 100GB of storage space needed, you'll probably want an external hard drive.

Step 4

Purchase an appropriate drive that includes backup utilities. Some external drives and USB drives come with backup software. Once you install and configure the software, all you have to do is press a button--either on the drive itself or on your computer's desktop or taskbar--to start the backup process.

Step 5

Schedule your drive's utility software to back up your Toshiba laptop files once a month. Your USB or external drive should be plugged into the laptop on the scheduled backup dates.

Step 6

Store your most important files on an online storage facility, such as Mozy, DropBox or Toshiba Online Backup. In case anything causes damage to both your laptop hard drive and your spare drive, you will still be able to access the files online.