By Ivy / Last Updated July 7, 2020


To save local disk space, I created a shared folder on the network drive and share it with other people. Now, I want to backup the data on the network drive. So I want to know what is the best network backup software and how to use it?

what is the best network backup software?

For the best network backup software, I recommend you AOMEI Backupper. It provides a safe and effective network backup solutions for Windows 7/8/10. It allows you to backup shared data on the network drive to local disk, external hard drive, cloud storage device, NAS, etc. And you still can backup local files to a network drive. During the process of backup, you can enjoy some useful features like Differential Backup, Incremental Backup, Daily Backup, etc. If you worry about that your disk space will run out of space, you can manage backup disk space via Backup Scheme feature.

How to use the best network backup software?

For how to use this software, you can download AOMEI Backupper and follow the detailed steps below.

For the backup methods to backup shared data on the network drive, you can choose to directly backup it from network. Also, you can choose to backup the mapped network drive on the local disk.

Backup shared data on from network

Step 1: Launch AOMEI Backupper, then Click “Backup” and “File Backup

File Backup

Step 2: Click “Add File” or “Add Folder” in the mian page of file backup window. Then, select Share/NAS in the pop-up window.

Add Folders Files

Step 3: Click “Add Network Location”, type Display Name and Share or NAS path of the network drive you want to access, then choose the shared folder you want to backup from it.

Add Network Location

Step 4: By default, AOMEI Backupper will automatically pick a destination path for your file backup. But if you want to backup it to another path. You can click where the arrow point and select a specific path you want. Then, click Start Backup to finish the last step.

For backing up shared data on the network drive using network backup software, you can tick the checkbox before Schedule to create schedule backup. After you tick it, AOMEI Backupper will automatically backup it when it reaches to the point you choose.

Backup shared data from mapped network drive

To backup shared data from mapped drive, you need to sync network drive to local drive first, then use free backup software to backup data. Detailed steps are below.

Map network drive

Step 1: Navigate to “Computer” or “This PC” > ”Tools” > “Map network drive”. If you do not see “Tools” at the top of this window, you can click Alt key.

Step 2: Click drop-down menu at the right side of “Drive:“ option and choose a drive letter for your network drive, then type its path and click Browse to select a shared folder. At last, click OK to finish this step.

Map Network Drive


  • If you need to access the network drive on a regular basis, you can tick the checkbox before “Reconnect at logon”. If you do not tick it, the mapped network will automatically disconnect after you log off or restart your computer.

  • If you do not want to log on as a different user to the network drive, you will usually uncheck “Connect using different credentials

Step 3: Click “Finish” after you select your network drive and shared folder. After that, you will see an extra partition with drive letter given by you.

Detailed steps to backup shared data from mapped network drive

Step 1: Follow “Step 1” to “Step 2” from above method. However, you need to select Computer instead of Share/NAS and scroll down to Network Location link, then select files and folders in the mapped drive.

Step 2: After that, you can select a destination path for the shared files or folders, set up settings, finally click "Start Backup". For destination path, you can choose cloud storage (eg: Google Drive, Dropbox, etc), NAS, External hard drive, etc.


Backup network share using network backup software AOMEI Backupper is the best method to protect the security of your shared data. With it, you can backup your shared data whether from network or mapped network drive on the local disk effortlessly. This software is very easy to use, even for a beginner. You can backup it on a regular basis, such as Daily Backup, Weekly Backup, Monthly Backup, etc. Also, you can compress or split your backup.

For more advanced features like Event-trigger schedule backup, you can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper professional.