2 Free Methods to Backup Windows 7 to Network Drive

Posted by @Cody

November 29, 2017

This article talks about how to backup Windows 7 to network drive with AOMEI Backupper Standard. As is known to all, computer system may suddenly crash without any warning. A good choice is to backup Windows 7 to network drive. So, how to do that is drawi

Why need to backup Windows 7?

 Backing up computer system is an important part of keeping the data on computer. Since Windows 7 is still a widely used system, it should be regularly backed up. Many problems can cause system crash, such as corrupted system registry files, malicious software, and hardware failure.

Besides system, you should also consider backing your personal data including audios, videos, texts, graphics and even applications regularly. You should backup Windows 7 to network drive, external hard drive or other offsite locations.

A backup is something computer users can rely on. Nobody knows when your computer hardware or system crash would take place. If you are using Windows 7 Ultimate or above, you can use the built-in Windows 7 Backup and Restore to backup to a mapped network drive. If you are using Windows Home or whatever Windows operating system, you can use a free backup software to do the same.

Advantages of backup to network drive

 Compared with USB flash disk, network drive has some advantages. Say, users can download files from another computer as long as they have uploaded via network drive. Another example, when sharing a file with friends, USB flash drive requires handing on from person to person, while network drive can effectively avoid this defect. As long as there is network connection, network drive can play a role to the greatest extent.

Windows 7 backup to network drive with Backup and Restore

Windows 7 provides a user interface Windows Backup and Restore Center to help you back up your data and restore data. If you prefer command prompt, you can also use WBAdmin start backup command to backup to network shared location.

To set up a backup with Windows 7 Backup and Restore

1.You can open Backup and Restore from Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore.

2. Click on Set up backup command link to start the Windows Backup Wizard, which will guide you through the whole backup process.

Set up Backup

3.When you are prompted to select where you want to save the backup, click Save on a network and enter your network drive address on the next screen.

Windows 7 Backup to Network-drive

4.The next screen will ask you to select what you want to backup. You can simply select Let Windows choose if you do not want to manually select the backup items.

Select Backup Data

5. By default, Windows Backup will create a schedule to run this backup automatically. If you modify the scheduled time or turn off the schedule. After that, click Save settings and run backup.

Review Backup Settings

If you want a more flexible way to set up scheduled backup, you can also backup using Task Scheduler, which is a snap-in tool for managing scheduled tasks.

As mentioned, in Windows 7 Home, you will not see the option Save on a network. In that case, you can either upgrade your Windows to Windows 7 ultimate or use third party software to backup Windows 7 Home or Professional to network drive.

Concrete steps

AOMEI Backupper Standard is network backup freeware that is much easier, safer and faster to use. It is designed for average users and provides basic functions such as system/files/folders/disk/partition backup, system/files/disk/partition restore, disk/partition clone as well as some other features such as bootable rescue media creator. To achieve the goal of network drive backup, AOMEI Backupper Standard needs only several steps.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper Standard. Install and run it. Click Backup in the main interface. Then choose System Backup. Step1 needs no operation because AOMEI Backupper has automatically chosen partition C for users. Here Step2 requires selecting another location as the destination path.

Windows 7 System Backup

Step 2: A smaller window pops-up. This time click Share/NAS to specify the target network.

Backup Windows 7 System to NAS

Step 3: Now fill in the blanks with accurate information. If the target network is encrypted, users should input the Username and Password altogether. Then, Start Backup and wait for the success.

Perform Windows 7 System Backup

If you want to automatically backup to network drive, you can just click Schedule to configure the schedule settings. All the scheduled backups can be performed as full, incremental or differential backups.

To make a conclusion, backup Windows 7 with AOMEI Backupper is a wise choice because it is very easy to use even for green hand. Besides backup to network drive, AOMEI Backupper also has other features that can satisfy users various needs. It's a good backup assistant that deserves to be recommended.