Solve the Problem “File Backup not Working with A Network Drive”

Posted by @Cherry

October 14, 2016

Have you ever met the problem that File Backup not working with a network drive? Here you can learn how to solve this problem with AOMEI Backupper.

Problem

A user setup a Homegroup on a Windows 10 laptop so that he can see another PC on the network. The PC is running Windows 8, and he would like to use it for file backup. However, when he choose to use the File Backup function from the laptop, there is nothing transferring although the devices are visible on both ends of the network and have connectivity. Some users may meet the problem that when they use File Backup to backup to network drive, they cannot find the network drive. Is the File Backup not working with a network drive?

Solution

There are many ways for you to backup to network drive in Windows 10/8/7. The traditional way is to use the simple Copy & Paste to copy the files and paste them to the network drive. However, the Copy and Paste way would take a lot of time and space. If you forget to copy to network drive, it may cause a big damage. Windows OS provides you a tool to help you backup files. However, when you use it to backup to network drive, you may meet problems like we mentioned above. Fortunately, here will introduce you a simpler and easier way to backup to network drive in Windows 10/8/7.

AOMEI Backupper is such a kind of network backup software. When your File Backup not working with a network drive, you can use AOMEI Backupper to backup your files to network drive. The whole operations are very simple and easy that even a non-technician can operate it alone. But first, you need to remember the name of your network drive or the IP address of your network drive.

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper, click Backup-> File Backup.

File Backup

Step2. Here you will move to the window to select the source file and the destination place to store the data. Click Add File or Add Folder to select the files or folders you want to backup.

Add File Folder

AOMEI Backupper provides you backup files with a certain file extension automatically, which is more flexible for users.

Step3.After select files/folders you want to backup to network drive, here you need to select the network drive as the destination place. Click Step2 in the window, and it will pop out a window. Select Share/NAS at the left pane.

Share NAS

Then, you will move to the Share/NAS Management window. Click Add share or NAS device. In the pop out window, type the name of your network drive or its IP address in the blank, click OK.

Add Share or NAS Device

Step4. It will connect to the network drive, and after that, you can click Start Backup to submit all operations.

Start Backup

Notes:

AOMEI Backupper provides you to add a comment for your backup by Backup Options, and you can set up more here.

You can also set up an automatic backup to NAS by using the Schedule function. Before clicking Start Backup, you can use this function to set up an automatic backup with daily, weekly, monthly. And you can choose to do a full backup or incremental/differential backup.

Conclusion

Using AOMEI Backupper to backup to network drive should be the best way to solve File Backup not working with a network drive. You can use it to backup to NAS, or backup a NAS to a local hard drive or other external hard drive. It is more flexible than Windows built-in tool.