It is essential that you backup your files, data, and apps every now and then – computers are not just about fun – playing games and listening to music with your best gaming headseat 2017. There are software solutions to help in the backup process or you could directly do them with Windows backup on your hard drive.
Why should you backup apps?
Data backup, in general, is to help you save all your current data in a secure location. PCs tend to crash. So in case your PC crashes one fine day when you are half way through an important task, your data would be lost unless you have a backup. Backup of settings, files, app data are all possible. Backing up settings would help you restore your custom settings after your system encounters an unexpected error. You can backup files and app data on external locations like ahard disk or memory card, burn on DVDs and keep a backup disk, or store on cloud.
How can you backup windows apps?
To backup your PC, you can directly go to the system backup option on the control panel. There are apps that let you save all your app data. These allow you to choose a storage location for the backup data. You can later restore all the data as and how you need them. The details of purchased apps on windows storeis stored in your windows account’s cloud space by default. But the app data is not stored unless you choose to do it.
Changing the location of backup for windows apps:
When you choose to backup any windows apps, by default the backup location is chosen as a location on the drive where the app was installed, within the app folder. You can choose to store all your app data by default in a specific location.
- Go to settings page from the Start menu
- Click on System tab to enter system settings
- Click on the storage tab
- Under save locations, you can choose your default locations for various types of files.
But if you have already installed an app, its backup location has also been fixed already. You can find this in the app folder. If you know the default backup location, here is how you change it. we’ve taken the iTunes app for example.
- The iTunes backup folder is usually located in the user data folders. Type the following in the navigation bar to open the default backup location
- Now choose a new location for the backup and create a folder name “backup”
- Rename your default backup folder to say “old backup”
- Within the explorer, open command prompt by holding the shift key and giving a right-click
- Choose “open command window here”
- Use the symbolic link to the new folder from old one using the mklink /J command
- In the command window type
mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “new folder name and location”
- Here the new folder name and location would be based on where you create it. If you have perhaps created “backup” folder in E-drive, here’s how your line should look:
mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “E:\ Backup”
- This creates a shortcut to the new folder in the old location. You can then proceed with deleting old files and backing up in the new location.
- Follow similar steps and link default backup location of the windows app to a different location.