How to Backup Windows 10/8/7 to WD Network Attached Storage?

Posted by @Cherry

February 28, 2017

Would you want to backup Windows to WD NAS? This article will show you how to backup Windows 7/8/10 to WD network attached storage (NAS) with AOMEI Backupper.

Scenario

“I have a WD 3TB My Cloud Network Attached Storage-NAS-WDBCTL0030HWT-NESN, and I have already mapped this storage device on my Windows 7 computer. Now, I want to backup my Windows 7 computer to this WD NAS. Well, here is my question, how to backup Windows computer to WD NAS?”

Methods for backing up Windows to WD NAS

If you do not know how to backup Windows 7 to WD NAS, or other Windows operating systems like Windows 8 or Windows 10, here you can learn the ways to backup Windows 7/8/10 to WD NAS.

Method 1. Windows Backup and Restore

Windows has a built-in tool Backup and Restore which can help you backup Windows computer to WD NAS.

Step1.Click Start, and click Control Panelto open it.

Control Panel

Step2. In Control Panel, click on Backup and Restore, and you will move into Backup and Restore area.

Backup Restore

Step3.Once you get into the Backup and Restore area, you need to click on Set up backup on the top-right of the screen.

Setup Backup

Step4.Then, the Start Windows Backup pop-out will appear. Wait for a few seconds.

Start Windows Backup

Step5.Then, it will list the local drives for you to select here you want to save your backup. And here, you need to click on Save in a network...to find the WD network attached storage drive you mapped before.

Save on Network

Step6. Click on Browse to find it or type its IP address in the blank space. Once the destination share is selected, you need to input the username and password to provide Windows with the necessary access to the network share. Once done, click on OK.

Network Location

Arrive here, the WD NAS has already been list in the Backup Destination Window. And you should choose it and follow the Windows Guide to choose what do you want to back up->how often do you want to back up->review your backup settings. When you click Save settings and run backup in the backup review page, the progress will run immediately.

However, Windows OS has a limitation that you must have Windows7/8/10 Professional or Enterprise editions. Otherwise, you cannot use Windows built-in Backup and Restore utility to backup Windows to WD NAS, or other network share. Fortunately, here we will introduce you another way to backup Windows 7/8/10 computer to NAS without Windows OS limitation.

Method 2. AOMEI Backupper Professional

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a wonderful backup tool that can help you backup PC to NAS, or backup Windows to external hard drive such as a new HDD/SSD, even USB portable drive. Besides, it can be handled easier than Windows Backup and Restore. Please follow the steps list below:

Step1.Install and launch AOMEI Backupper, it will display you its easy-to-use interface. To backup Windows computer, here you should click Backup-> System Backup, but if you want to backup all data, you can choose Disk Backup.

System Backup

Step2.System Backup will select all system data in default and all you have to do is to choose the WD NAS as your destination place. Click the little triangle icon at the end of Step2 ans click “Select a network share or NAS”.

Choose NAS

Step3.Then, you will get into the Share/NAS Management window. Here you need to click “Add share or NAS device”.

Add Share NAS

Step4.After that, you need to type in the Display Name of your NAS device, or type in theShare or NAS path(recommended). Click OK.

NAS Path

Step5.Then, you can select a folder in the right list box to store the backup. Here we select “Share”, and then, clickOK.

Select Folder

Step6. AOMEI Backupper provides you more utilities for your backup. You can set up an automatic backup to NAS inSchedule, and more in Backup Options, Scheme. After all settings, click Start Backup to launch the progress.

Setup More

After the progress done, you have finished backup Windows to WD NAS. AOMEI Backupper Professional supports all Windows PC users. You can also download AOMEI Backupper Standard free from their official website. If you are Windows Server users, the AOMEI Backupper Server is suitable for you.