Windows 7 Backup to Network Drive

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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

13 Responses to Windows 7 Backup to Network Drive

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  • Patty Guest says:

    Would the Home Premium version of Windows 8 support this?

  • Kelli Shanklin says:

    Does anyone have a good program that will back up files to my Western Digital “My Book” Network Drive? I have WD Anywhere Backup but the software makes to many sub-folders in the backup destination.

    My computer automatically back ups my iTunes folder to my network drive, but the problem is it makes to many sub-folders and it makes it confusing to find. My goal is to have my iTunes library accessible from any computer on my home network without having to use home sharing, because home sharing requires the main computer to be on, which I dont want.

    I need a program that will just copy the iTunes library folder and music over to my drive and then keep it updated. When I update something on my iTunes library on my main computer I want it to update on the network drive. As if I just cloned my iTunes folder every time a new change happened.

  • Malinda Shurtliff says:

    does anyone know how to solve this problems? I can’t backup my data. It always fails before it completes.

    thnx in advance.

  • Janet Somerville says:

    does anyone know how to solve this problems? I can’t backup my data. It always fails before it completes.

    thnx in advance.

  • Saundra Jarvie says:

    On windows 7, I need to do a custom backup for my desktop computer.

    My external hard drive is only 500GB which is just enough for a full system backup for my desktop computer, …but I want to also make backups for my laptops and my other desktop computer downstairs on the same hard drive.

    Only problem is I don’t know how to create a backup for the system image (OS) and my files but exclude the programs installed from the backup.

    I don’t know which files to select.

    Any further advice on backing up would be useful.

  • Eberhard says:

    I recently got an upgraded computer at work that is running Windows 7 Professional. On my previous computer that was running Windows XP, I was able to setup automatic backups that would run daily and backup files off of our network server. On Windows 7, it will not let me choose to back up network files, I can only backup files on this computer. Currently, I am running the backups from my old computer. I want to change that so I can just do all my work from this computer rather than running back and forth between computers just for a backup. The software that came with the external drive also does not help with this (nor did it when I used it on the old computer either). Again, I am running Windows 7 Professional, I am trying to backup files from a computer running Windows XP over a Local Area (wired) Network.

  • Saundra Jarvie says:

    On windows 7, I need to do a custom backup for my desktop computer.

    My external hard drive is only 500GB which is just enough for a full system backup for my desktop computer, …but I want to also make backups for my laptops and my other desktop computer downstairs on the same hard drive.

    Only problem is I don’t know how to create a backup for the system image (OS) and my files but exclude the programs installed from the backup.

    I don’t know which files to select.

    Any further advice on backing up would be useful.

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  • Opal Morrill says:

    I just bought a 1 TB external Hard Drive for my Mac Mini (OS X Lion) the hard drive is formatted for Mac, Not NTFS or FAT 32. Currently, my Mac Mini and my MacBook (OS X Snow Leopard) are backing up to this hard drive. Time Machine lets my MacBook automatically back up to my Mac Mini using the wireless network.

    I have a Windows 7 Ultimate computer running on the same network, I want to back it up to my external hard drive on the Mac through the network, but each time i go through the “Set up backup” wizard, I click the button that says “Save on a network” I browse the network for the external hard drive on my Mac, but Windows doesn’t let me back up to it. Is there an application I can download that can help me with this? Someone told me Samba might work.

    Also, if anyone could find a solution that doesn’t require that I reformat my hard drive to FAT 32, that would be awesome!

    Thanks

  • Stella Sotelo says:

    Need some help in backing some data up for a client, basically i would be fine if it was a normal backup but he has one of these Netgear Mybook NAS drives on his network with about 20gb of data on it, he wants to back this up to just a normal external drive via usb on a Windows 7 machine connected to the network with no compression so he can plug it in at home and have access to files if he needs them and also just in case the NAS dies, he also wants incremental backups so the first backup thats done is the big one then everything after that is just updating the files that are new or have changed on NAS. The drive connected directly to the Win 7 machine won’t be connected all the time so he doesn’t need scheduling but rather just a program where he can click backup now. Are there any free backup programs out there that will deal with this as i have not tried any for something like NAS to usb hd backup? Thanks
    Yeah but from what I’ve seen 7 compresses its backups so this defeats being able to just use the files as if they were on the NAS from another computer.
    Thanks for the other ideas I’ve never backed up the opposite way e.g. from NAS to computer to external USB HD so just wondering if anyone else had done it before.

  • Margery Degarmo says:

    Need some help in backing some data up for a client, basically i would be fine if it was a normal backup but he has one of these Netgear Mybook NAS drives on his network with about 20gb of data on it, he wants to back this up to just a normal external drive via usb on a Windows 7 machine connected to the network with no compression so he can plug it in at home and have access to files if he needs them and also just in case the NAS dies, he also wants incremental backups so the first backup thats done is the big one then everything after that is just updating the files that are new or have changed on NAS. The drive connected directly to the Win 7 machine won’t be connected all the time so he doesn’t need scheduling but rather just a program where he can click backup now. Are there any free backup programs out there that will deal with this as i have not tried any for something like NAS to usb hd backup? Thanks
    Yeah but from what I’ve seen 7 compresses its backups so this defeats being able to just use the files as if they were on the NAS from another computer.
    Thanks for the other ideas I’ve never backed up the opposite way e.g. from NAS to computer to external USB HD so just wondering if anyone else had done it before.

  • Maricela Rothrock says:

    I am trying to backup data that I have on a laptop running Windows 7 home premium. I have a desktop running Windows 7 Ultimate (with an external backup hard drive attached to it), which has the ability to save to a network drive, but the home premium does not appear to have this function. Is there anyway (using windows software) I could backup my data on my Home premium computer to the hard drive on my Ultimate computer over my network or would I have to get 3rd party software?

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