AOMEI Free Backup Software for Windows Backup to NAS Devices

Posted by @AOMEI

May 15, 2017

Looking for free software to backup Windows to network-attached storage (NAS) drive? Free AOMEI Backupper can backup data and programs to NAS and restore from NAS for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP.

NAS and Backup to NAS Software Free

NAS  (network attached storage) device provides great convenience for its users. All  individuals within a company are allowed to share their data at the same time by accessing remote NAS devices. As for data backup, you can also put the backup image file to a NAS device other than manually connecting the computer to an  external hard drive. 

In that case, software that supports backup Windows to NAS and restore from NAS is necessary. Here let’s take a look at the latest free Windows backup and restore solution – AOMEI Backupper Standard. The software will help you backup Windows programs, installed software as well as personal files to NAS and network drive. You can backup external hard drive and USB stick to NAS as well. Incremental backup and differential backup are supportable. It is also NAS backup software that allows you to backup NAS to PC on the contrary.

Backup to NAS with Free AOMEI Backupper

Download and install the free software. In AOMEI Backupper, to backup to NAS drive, first we need to select our NAS device as the destination. Click the "Step2" as shown below:

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In the pop-up window, click "Share/NAS Device" on the left-hand side.

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Here we need to add our NAS device into AOMEI Backupper. Click "Add share or NAS device" button in the lower-left corner.

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You need to enter the IP address of your NAS. Also, you may input a display name for this NAS device.

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After the NAS device has been added, you can find the destination folder in the right-hand side column. Check it and then click OK at the bottom to start the process. Thus ends the execution of backing up to NAS.

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At the operation summary, make a final confirmation. Then, click "Start Backup".

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Tips:

  • If you want to do incremental or differential backup to NAS at a regular basis, click Schedule to set. If you just want to do an incremental or differential backup once, go Home after completion. Move mouse over the backup image and click Backup in the middle. Then you are able to set desire backup type. For more information with screenshots, please see incremental and differential backup.

  • Backup Options: you can password encrypt backup image, split and compression images here.

  • Scheme: it will help you manage destination storage by auto-deleting old backups. This requires a Standard upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional edition or higher ones.

Restore from NAS with AOMEI Backupper

Now let’s take a look at how to restore from NAS device. First we need to locate the backup image by clicking on Restore button in the main interface. Once the image shows up in the list box, select it, and then click Next. Then select a backup point to restore.

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Then we need to select a destination partition to restore. In general, restoring from NAS is not quite special. Just as easy as from an external hard drive.

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Preview the Operation Summary. If the target location is a SSD partition, you can tick "Align partition to optimize for SSD" to improve performance. Finally, click "Start Restore". 

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Conclusion

NAS device has provided us a possibility to backup our PCs and Servers in a more secure and convenient way. AOMEI Technology has made a full use of it by presenting the users "Backup to NAS" and "Restore from NAS" features in AOMEI Backupper. Apart from backing up files to NAS from local, you are allowed to do NAS to NAS backup in the same way. Now free download and have a try!

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