Best Way to Share Files and Folders over Network on Windows 7/8/10

Posted by @Teresa

September 30, 2017

How do you share files like an excel file to others over a network? AOMEI Backupper will help you auto sync files from local disk to network so different computers in same LAN can access to.

Necessary to share files over a network

In the past for a long time, USB flash drive or the like plays a very important role in data transferring between computers. It works great yet somehow it no longer meets all requirements of modern computer users. An increasing number of users want to share files through a network in order to reduce the risk of data damage since removable or portable device is more vulnerable to unauthorized access. Also, the steps of transferring files to network are simpler and faster.

There are several advantages to share files over same network comparing to removable devices. First, the shared data can be accessed by multiple platforms including computers and smart phone and tablets simultaneously. Not necessary to insert say USB stick to PC one by one, let alone the device does not have USB port. Second, all files are better protected. When creating homegroup in Windows 7, 8, 10, a random join key will be created which is the only method to access to the shared folder. This saves the process of delivering portable device in which it could be lost. Whether in the company’s internal training, meeting, interaction or simply file sharing, network share plays a vital role.

Without doubt, this method has disadvantage as well. It can be attacked by hacker and used to transmit virus. Be careful at this aspect.

How to share files over a network on Windows 7?

Before realize transferring files over a network, you need to first create a network shared folder in the LAN. The steps are not so complex and there are many related tutorials on the Internet. If creating network shared on Windows XP or the prior, you have to add IPX/SPX at the beginning.

Next, you will need software to help you share files over network. In specific, you sync files on local drive you want to share with others to the network shared so that you don’t have to add them manually. Other computer users who are in the same LAN segment can view and copy those files on their own PC. More important, if authorized to modify the files on network shared, every involved PC user not just the host user is able to share his personal files to others in the group. This is quite convenient when sharing files in Homegroup network. Please note that Windows Vista and XP cannot join in Homegroup.

The “File Sync” in AOMEI Backupper Professional will assist you complete this task. It allows you to sync files from local drive to network or just between each area. For regular sync tasks, it provides sync mode including Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event-triggers and Real-time Sync for users. Before syncing files, you have options to set file filter so that certain types of files won’t be transferred. Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and Vista are supported. Feel free to download the free trial of this sync tool.

How to share files and folders over network via AOMEI Backupper?

1.  Install and run AOMEI Backupper. Go Backup and roll down the mouse to select File Sync.

2.  With Add Folder option, you can select all contents you want to share from the local PC. Click Browse > Computer to navigate.

Add Folder

Browse Computer

3. Click the box next to “Step2” to add a network shared. Go NAS/Share > Add share or NAS device > Share or NAS path to input the created network shared path.

Add share or NAS device

4.  You may want to set more customized configuration with beneath options before clicking Start Sync.

Start Sync

Tips:

  • Click Filter settings under Browse to exclude specific files.

Filter settings

  • Sync Options: Make comment to distinguish this task from others.
  • Schedule: set regular sync task here.

File sharing via a network is easily achieved with the help of AOMEI Backupper. No complicated operating process included. If you’re running Windows 10, you can use this software to backup files to OneDrive desktop app. You may have noticed that you can also sync files to NAS. It is excellent backup software for QNAP NAS as well as for other NAS.