By Delia / Last update December 13, 2017

Why need to backup network drive to local in Window7?

A network drive is one of the storage devices for shared network resources, which is of similar function as a server, a network attached storage(NAS), or a networked computer. But if a network computer is turned off, users will not able to access data on it anymore. As for a network drive on a local area network(LAN), it’s easier to share files, or you can store data by making use of its high-capacity.

Sadly, if you do want to use the great tool in Windows7 for backup need, Microsoft demands an upgrade to Ultimate before unlocking network storage in its Backup utility. Nevertheless, you can look for a third-party solution, for example, use free AOMEI Backupper to backup data to your network drive directly.

And there is another way, that is, backup network drive to local in your Windows7 (known as “map network drive”). By doing so, you also create a shortcut of accessing the shared data. Then you can easily use the network drive to share or store files without consuming local disk space on your own computer.

How to backup network drive to local in Windows7?

Here, we’ll show you how to create a shortcut of accessing shared network folder in Window7 as a drive with a drive letter in the computer window.

Step1:Open My Computer from the Windows Start menu. Click on the“ Map network drive” toolbar button.

Map Network Drive

Step2: Select a drive letter that you want to be assigned to this mapped network drive.

Assign Drive Letter

Step3: Select a folder that you want to have mapped as a drive, then click on OK.

Select Folder

Step4: Tick “Reconnect at logon”, or the mapped network drive in computer will be disconnected (unmapped) automatically once you log off or restart the computer.

Reconnect At Logon

Note: usually you would leave “Connect using different credentials” unchecked unless you want to log on as a different user on the network than the default one you already have set up.

Step5: Click “Finish”. Then you will have a new drive with the letter you assigned here.

New Drive

Make use of mapped network drive

As we said before, it’s good to store data to network drive due to its high-capacity and low risk of damage. Now, you could use your Windows7 Backup to do system or file backup job (Windows7 Backup can backup only the two kinds of data). Or you can try AOMEI Backupper to backup disk or partition, if there is a need for you. Besides, if you haven’t backed up network drive to local or you do not like to do the tedious job, AOMEI Backuuper still help you finish all kinds of backup, even clone and restore. Below is a screenshot of its backup utility:



As explanation above, you may understand the benefits of backing up network drive to local - being easier to share and store folder, and you may also be clear about how to finish this job. Even you don’t have done this yet, backing up data to network drive is OK with a third party software- AOMEI Backupper. Now, it’s your turn to do something.