How to Restore Documents in Windows 10 from External Hard Drive


In my previous video, we looked at how to backup files and folders to an external hard drive in Windows 10.

In this video, we’re going to look at the other side of this; how to recover files and folders from your backup in Windows 10.

In this example, I have created a Word document called “test”. I then took a backup of the PC and a few days later, I deleted the Word document. So in this video, we’re going to restore the file.

The first thing you need to do is connect your external backup drive what you used to take your Windows 10 backup, to your PC.

Then, browse to Start, Settings, Update & Security.

Within Update & Security, select “Backup”.

Underneath “Backup using File History”, choose “More Options.”

In the “Overview” section, we can see that the last backup was taken on the 03/01/2017 and the size of the backup was just over 6GB.

Next, we need to scroll down to the bottom of the screen and select “Restore Files from a Current Backup”.

A pop-up will then appear which reads the data from the external hard drive. The window is user-friendly. We can toggle between all the backups taken on each day. If we’ve just realised that we deleted a file some weeks ago, then it’s easy to go right back and restore the data.

I know that my Word document was stored in the “Documents” folder so I browse to it and find the Test Document. To restore this document, I just click on the green tab at the bottom of the screen and the document will be instantly restored to my Documents folder.

Restoring documents is easy!

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  1. This only works if your win 10 is set to auto-backup. But like myself, I'm saving space, there's no backup that also means, I fcked! hahah. This should be renamed How to Restore Docs in Win10 from Windows Backup / File History.

  2. Sorry when you back your Windows 10 PC to your External Drive does it Back all the Apps like Photoshop and security apps? Sorry I am new to this, Please Help.

  3. Thanks for sharing this helpful video, but my main issue is, I was able to get my files transferred from my older pc onto an External hard drive, so then I plugged this EHD into my new pc, all was there, all of my files, what a relief, but once I unplugged the EHD, those files quickly disappeared, what causes this to happen, am I forgetting to do something, to be able to keep my files on my new pc permanently?

  4. Hi,

    I've installed windows 10 in my computer but my all download files stored in windows user download folder I have lost those, so what should I do right now to get back those files, would you please cooperate me to do so?

  5. Correct me if I am wrong but you didn't necessarily loose your Doc file it was just moved to your external Hard drive when you backed it up? Also when you restored the Doc from the external Hard drive, by doing so it moved it back to your PC's Hard drive automatically? I thought you'd be able to restore it there and thus be able to view it there?

    I recently did a back up to an external H.D. from my old PC for the first time ever (call me dumb but I just never thought I needed to). So now when I connect the E.H.D. to my new PC I've noticed that not only did it compress all my files but in doing so it converted them to different formats! Finally to my question.. is there a quick fast method on converting all my files back to their original format there in its current location (External Hard drive)??

  6. does not address the most important point: how to restore to a new pc! … why do all videos have to explain nothing but no brainers rather than tricky stuff…

  7. mine didnt work. I have a done my back before i reset the windows 10. When i tried to restore it the file is not there on my external hard drive ffs

  8. if i cancel a certain folder on my first hard drive that is already on my file history will be deleted at the next back up? and if not my history files will grow at infinity? and to avoid this i must manually delete unwated folders or files?

  9. Brilliant, many thanks. I'm currently 're-learning' Windows after returning from many years in the Apple eco-system. I think I'll be checking out more of your tutorials…

  10. The only other thing  that I can think of is 3 days after getting my pc back from the pc repair shop it got over run with viruses again so I did a reset on my pc could that have turned off  my recovery, system restore,  file history ( I have no  file history that can be found ) and back-up for windows 10 could that do it? please answer I need to know?         PS. it said I can get history from windows 7 I tried but the same thing happened "grayed out signs " so I can't change it!

  11. My file history, system restore and back-up for  windows 10 is all turned off and can't be turned on for all these systems the signs that said turn-on or ok or anything that can move me forward to correct the problem is grayed out! so I can't fix it, last month I took my pc to get repaired due to it was over run with viruses, the repair man said I should up date to windows 10 ( I had windows 7) so he wiped my pc and give me windows 10 do you think he turned all of these off ?

  12. I tried this and it wouldn't allow me to change  it was grayed out, it will not backup and I can't get old files nor can I get recovery! how do I fix this?

  13. Great video, thanks…Now, how do you use the external drive to restore the files in a different pc? I bought a new one and want to restore the backup at my new pc (both with Win10 and I did the documents backup with File History as you describe in the previous video)

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    Proabably something missing may be the resource for you to grow? And I guess I am glad to stumble up right here for it!

    Haha.. YtWalls is a community channel for you give exposure to the new audience. If you want to expand your viewership do give some moments to check us out!

    Eagerly waiting..


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