Windows 8, backup files with alternate USB Flash Drives

I have a longtime habit of making a file backup & storing it off site to protect my desktop computer files from a possible fire, weather event, computer theft,  etc.  With Win XP every month I created a new backup on a USB flash drive & take it to a secure location.  I was using NT Backup.  The next month I would create an entirely new backup on USB flash & exchange it with the previous USB flash drive.  The file size I wish to backup is not that large so a 8 or 16 GB USB flash is large enough.


This does not work with Windows 8.  It seems to me that Win 8 is designed to use the same backup device & have it automatically do the backup on a set schedule.   If I remove the flash drive & store off site then one month later I use a different USB flash drive.  It looks to me that Win 8 "File History"  wants me to always use the same flash drive as I used before.


Is there a way to do a Win 8 File Backup on my own schedule, using alternating USB Flash Drives?  I'm usually only concerned about current files & backup space needed is not that large, about 4 GB.     Should I just continue to use the older NT Backup?


Hi Mike,



Welcome to Microsoft Community.


I would like you to provide certain information:

How are you trying to backup the files on Windows 8?



I would suggest you to perform Windows 7 File recovery method to backup the files.



You can follow the steps:



a) Press Windows and x key together and select Control Panel.

b) Click on Windows 7 File recovery.

c) Click on Setup a backup.

d) Follow the onscreen instructions to backup the files in a drive.


Let us know about the status of this issue.

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Last updated December 12, 2019 Views 11,181 Applies to: