For Seniors: Back Up Files to a Laptop's CD/DVD Drive - dummies

For Seniors: Back Up Files to a Laptop’s CD/DVD Drive

In the event that your laptop is damaged or loses data, you’d be fortunate to have a copy safely tucked away. Storing data on a USB stick or CD or DVD disk is a popular choice. If your laptop doesn’t have a CD/DVD drive built in, you’ll have to use a USB stick or purchase an external CD/DVD drive and connect it to your laptop to perform these steps.

  1. Place a USB stick in a USB port, or place a blank writable CD-R/RW (read/writable) or DVD-R/RW in your CD-RW or DVD-RW drive and then choose click the File Explorer icon on the Desktop and click to select a folder such as Documents or Pictures.

  2. In the resulting Documents or Pictures window, select all the files that you want to copy to disc.

  3. Right-click the files that you want and then choose Copy.


  4. Click the USB, CD-R/RW, or DVD-RW drive in the Computer category in the left pane, right-click, and then click Paste.

  5. Click the Close button to close the File Explorer window.

An alternate method to send files to a disc is to click the Burn to Disc button in the Send group on the Share tab.

If you want to back up the entire contents of a folder, such as the Document folder, you can just click the Documents folder itself in Step 2 and follow the rest of the steps.

You can also back up to a specified drive by using the Save Backup Copies of Your Files with File History link in the Control Panel. Using File History, you can set up Windows to regularly back up to any drive. Remember that in addition specifying a drive to back up to, you have to turn File History on.