About Automatic backup Windows 7 to network drive
If you are Windows 7 home user, you may encounter the following situation.
"When I use Windows backup utility, it only lists a DVD drive as an option to backup, it does not find the network drive (and the tool does not seem to give you an option to search for it manually -- just has a refresh button). Any help would be great."
To sum up, Windows 7 backup and restore is very useful if we just make a system image backup. But if we try to auto backup folders in Windows 7 to network drive, it will not work as usual.
To fix it, see below.
Automatic backup Windows 7 to network drive via VHD
Automatic backup Windows 7 to network drive is difficult for Windows 7 home user, Because Windows 7 backup utility in home version does not support this feature. But it gives you an option to create VHD (Virtual Hard Drive).
Step 1. Click Start menu on the taskbar, then select Computer.
Step 2. Click Tools and Map network drive
Step 3. Specify a drive letter for your network drive.
Step 4. Specify the path of the specified folder on the network drive. You can click Browse to find the path or directly type IP address of the network drive and specify a shared folder.
Step 5. Click Finish.
Step 6. Backup your Windows 7 using a third-party backup software. Most of them can support using mapped network drive as destination path. AOMEI Backupper is one of the reliable software, which allows you to automatic backup Windows 7 to VHD.
Note: In all version of Backup and Restore, you are not allowed to use VHD as destination path.
Automated Backup Windows 7 to Network drive via Windows Backup and Restore
If you upgrade Windows 7 to Ultimate or above version, you are allowed to automatically backup Windows 7 to network drive.
Step 1. Click Start menu on the taskbar, then type Backup and Restore in the search box and select it.
Step 2. Click Set up backup or Change settings to summon the next window.
Step 3. Select Save on a network.
Step 4. Type Network Location, Username, Password in this window, then click OK.
Step 5. Click Next.
Step 6. Select Let Windows choose or Let me choose, then click Next.
Step 7. Select folders you want to backup and click Next.
Step 8. Review the selected folders and click Save settings and run backup.
Windows Backup and Restore is very useful. You can use it to create a system image backup. Also, you can use it to auto backup folder in Windows 7 or automatic backup Windows 7 to external hard drive.
For automatic backup, Windows Backup and Restore supports Incremental backup by default. Also, you are allowed to create a backup on a regular basis, including Daily, Weekly, Monthly.
But it cannot support differential backup. What's more, your backup will be gone forever if some unexpected errors happen to your full backup.
Advanced way to auto backup folder to network drive in Windows 7
If you just want an easier way or more advanced features, you can use Backup and Restore software AOMEI Backupper. With it, you can backup to VHD as well as network drive.
Also, it supports incremental backup and differential backup. You can enable email notification to ensure if your full backup is completed successfully. And you can set up daily backup, weekly backup, monthly backup as well as event-trigger backup.
Before coming to our point, you need to download AOMEI Backupper first. Then, see below.
Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper and enter the main page. In this Window, you can click Backup at the left panel, then click File Backup.
Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder and select the files or folders you would like to backup. Next, click Step 2 to choose the network drive you want to save files or folders. If this is the first time you automatic backup Windows 7 to network drive, you are supposed to mount a network drive first.
Tip: If your operating system is Windows 10, you can directly backup to OneDrive. OneDrive comes with Windows 10, so you do not need extra storage device.
Step 3. Click Schedule at the lower left corner and select a Schedule setting from the drop-down list.
Step 4. After you set up settings, you can click Start Backup. Next, the only thing is to wait for the result and check it.
Automatic backup Windows 7 to network drive is difficult for Windows 7 home user. But it still gives you an option to create VHD. Then, you can use a third-party backup software to backup your Windows 7 and select the mapped network drive as backup destination.
Aside by that, you can upgrade your Windows 7 to Ultimate or above version. In these versions, Backup and Restore allows you to automated backup Windows 7 to network drive. However, you are not allowed to use VHD as destination path. And It cannot support differential backup and event trigger backup. What's more, Your backup will end up with no backup at all if there are some errors happen to your full backup.
To get an easier way or more advanced features, I recommend you free AOMEI Backupper. This software can be used in all versions of Windows 7 computer, including Windows 7 home, Windows 7 ultimate, etc. With it, you can ensure if your backup is finished successfully via Enable email notification. This feature can reduce the influence of your incremental backup.
With AOMEI Backupper, you can run various operations, including System Backup, Disk Backup, File Sync, etc. All of these operations can potect your computer and reduce the risk of data loss. Download it and try it for yourself.