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Windows 7 Backup to Network Drive

In this tutorial I a going to show you how to setup a Windows 7 backup.  Setting up the backup service on Windows 7 is an easy task, while very important in case of system crashes and data loss.  In this tutorial I will show you how to backup your Windows 7 documents and other personal files to a network hard drive.  In this tutorial I am using Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit edition and a Western Digital My Book network hard drive.

Windows 7 Backup to Network Drive

To begin setting up your Windows 7 backup you will first need to go to the control panel.  You can access the control panel by clicking on the start button.  Once inside the Control Panel, go to the System and Security section and click on the Back up your computer link.

Windows 7 Control Panel

You will now need to click on the Set up Backup link.

Windows 7 Backup and Restore

Once inside the Set up backup window, you can now choose where to save your back up files.  Inside this window you could choose to save your backup files to an external hard drive, but since we are saving to a network hard drive we will choose the Save on a network button.

Setup Windows 7 Backup

You will now need to select the location of you network hard drive.  Click on the browse button which will allow you to search for your backup folder.  Now enter the username and password that is set on your network hard drive and click the ok button to proceed.

Enter Username and Password for Windows Backup

You will now notice that your network hard drive is in the list for places that you can store your Windows 7 backup files.  Click on the next button to begin selecting the files that you want to back up.

Windows 7 Backup location is complete

For this tutorial I will use the default option, which is to allow Windows to select the files that need to be backed up.  This back up will recover your videos, documents, music and pictures.  It will also create a system image in case of system failure.

Let Windows choose backup

Finally click on the Save setting and run backup button to start the Windows 7 backup.  The backup may take a while to perform.  I also recommend running the Windows 7 backup service on a weekly basis, so you will never be that far behind if your computer system happens to crash.

Windows 7 Backup and Restore

Windows 7 Backup and Restore


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