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) and you can choose VHD as your backup destination.
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, then click Browse to find your network drive or directly type IP address for your network drive.
Step 4: Click Finish.
Step 5: Backup your Windows 7 using a third-party backup software and select the mapped network drive as backup destination.
Automated Backup 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: Ensure what you want to backup 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. For automatic backup, Windows Backup and Restore supports Incremental backup by default. It can reduce the risk of low disk space. However, if some error occurs during creating a full backup, you will end up with no backup at all.
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. It gives you an option to connect your network drive and backup your Windows 7 to network drive. Also, it supports incremental backup. You can enable email notification to ensure if your full bakcup is successful. Thus, you do need to worry about that your backup will end up with backup at all.
Before coming to our point, you need to download it first. Then, see below.
Step 1: Launch it 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 backup your files or folders. If this is the first time you automatic backup Windows 7 to a 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 and select a Schedule setting according to your needs.
Notice: In Schedule Backup, there are eight options, including Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event trigger, Real-time Sync, Full Backup, Incremental Backup, and Differential Backup. They all have their features. You can choose one from them according to your needs.
Step 4: After all preparations finish, 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 and use Backup and Restore to backup your computer. However, there is a limitation when you use Windows Backup and Restore. Your backup will end up with no backup at all if there are some errors occur during creating a full backup.
To completely fix problems you will encounter when you create automated backup Windows 7 to network drive, I recommend you AOMEI Backupper. This software can be used in all versions of Windows 7 computer, including Windows 7 home, Windows 7 ultimate, etc. It offers you Backup Options called Enable email notification, which can be used to ensure if your backup is successful. Thus, the full backup will not affect your incremental backup. And it offers you more advanced features, including System Backup, Disk Backup, File Sync, etc.
Download AOMEI Backupper and try it for yourself.