Android, how to back up data on hard disk

One of the most common procedures is the backup of smartphone data to the cloudthis is a practically commonplace operation that does not require particular skills.

All you need to have is one cloud storage platform (come Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox o One Drive) and an active internet connection.

However, for more attentive users privacy and for those who would like to have “physical copies” of their files, the best solution may not be the cloud and, indeed, it would be more appropriate to use a hard disk o one SSD external, or opt for the data transfer toPC.

Clearly, before moving all the files to an SSD, you must necessarily copy them to the PC and subsequently move them to the appropriate device. This, in short, would be the most classic procedure, but not everyone knows that it is possible to transfer your personal files from your smartphone directly to an external drive. To do this you need a few simple accessories and an app called FolderSync. Let’s find out how to do it

  • 1. Which devices are needed for backup

    As just said, for a full Android backup on an external hard drive you need some simple accessories: a storage device and a cavo yes USB-C and USB-C (or USB-A, depending on the hard drive model).

    Alternatively you can use any hub USB or one docking station for smartphones with all the necessary ports on board. In this second case, however, the backup procedure could be a little slower, depending on the device in question.

  • 2. What data can be saved

    At this point, before talking about the Android backup management on hard disk, it is appropriate to open a parenthesis on the types of which can be passed from the smartphone to the external drive.

    We are obviously talking about all those personal files present on the device (including folders) that have been archived by the user, therefore: Images, video, musica e documents.

    Of course it might also be possible to move SMS e phone numberseven the calendar with events register but this can only be done with rather complex procedures and, given that they are generally associated with the email and therefore automatically synchronized between the various devices that use the same account, it may not be worth doing.

    However, one thing must be underlined: this type of operation it is not updated in real time and all the files moved to the hard disk are exclusively those selected at that moment. Therefore, unlike what happens with the cloud, if the user takes a new photo, it obviously will not go to the archive but will remain in the device until it is manually moved to the external storage device.

    Likewise, it must also be remembered that an external device is much more prone to accidents than a cloud and, in case of storage drive failureall data will still be lost and will be difficult to recover.

  • 3. How to back up your smartphone to hard disk

    Having made this necessary premise, it can be downloaded from Google Play Store the application we talked about at the beginning, FolderSyncwhich can also be used (among other things) to sync files between your Android device and external storage.

    It is important to remember that the app is available in version free but with advertisements; for those who want there is also the version Pro which costs $5.99 and allows you to eliminate adverts which, in any case, are not annoying for carrying out the operation.

    To proceed with synchronization, the most effective solution is to select the button Create folder pair which, simply, will create two folders, one on the smartphone and one on the hard disk, to be synchronized for exchanging files.

    The synchronization options are different: but the one that suits us is Synchronization bidirectional which will ensure that any changes you make to the folder on your phone are also applied to the other one, the one on the external drive, and vice versa.

    This is a great way to have a always updated backup of the phone without having to select from time to time what to move and what not.

    The other method is the Synchronization unidirectional which will only move the files selected by the user, without therefore having an “exchange” between the parties.

    In this second case, however, you need to pay attention to what you are going to move because if it comes synchronized a completely empty folderit may inadvertently overwrite the materials on the other side, leading to a loss of all files.

    However, once the two folders have been created and the type of synchronization has been chosen, all that remains is to tap on the appropriate button and wait for the phone and the external hard disk to do their duty.

    The operations will continue in the backgroundso you can continue to use your phone normally, however, to prevent the two devices from disconnecting, it is best to wait and not move the cable dangerously, putting the transfer at risk.

    If the connection were to be interrupted, this could lead to failure data loss and it would be a truly unpleasant eventuality, given the efforts made to get to this point.

    Once the synchronization is complete, the work is finished and all the data indicated by the user will also be sent to the external drive, keeping them safe.

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