Backup Data to NAS Devices with Best Free Software

Looking for free software to backup Windows to network-attached storage (NAS) drive? Free AOMEI Backupper can help you backup and restore data from NAS easily.


By Delia Updated on December 7, 2022

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NAS and Backup to NAS Software Free

NAS  (network attached storage) device provides great convenience for its users. All  individuals within a company are allowed to share their data at the same time by accessing remote NAS devices. As for data backup, you can also put the backup image file to a NAS device other than manually connecting the computer to an external hard drive.

In that case, software that supports backup Windows to NAS and restore from NAS is necessary. Here let’s take a look at the latest free Windows backup and restore solution – AOMEI Backupper Standard.

The software will help you backup Windows programs, installed software as well as personal files to NAS and network drive. You can backup external hard drive and USB stick to NAS as well. Incremental backup and differential backup are supportable. It is also NAS backup software that allows you to backup NAS to PC on the contrary.

Backup to NAS with Free AOMEI Backupper

Download and install the free software. In AOMEI Backupper, to backup partition to NAS drive, first we need to add partition and then select our NAS device as the destination. Click the right edge of the column as shown below:

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Select Network Location

In the pop-up window, click "Share/NAS Device" on the left-hand side.

Type Details

After the NAS device has been added, you can find the destination folder in the right-hand side column. Check it and then click OK at the bottom to start the process. Thus ends the execution of backing up to NAS.

Select Path

At the operation summary, make a final confirmation. Then, click "Start Backup".

Start Backup


  • If you want to do incremental or differential backup to NAS on a regular basis, click Schedule to set. If you just want to do an incremental or differential backup once, go Home after completion. Move mouse over the backup image and click Backup in the middle. Then you are able to set desired backup type. For more information with screenshots, please see incremental and differential backup.

  • Backup Options: you can password encrypt backup image, split and compress images here.

  • Scheme: it will help you manage destination storage by auto-deleting old backups. This requires a Standard upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional edition or higher ones.

  • If you have an AOMEI account, you can backup files to AOMEI Cloud. It offers you 1TB free storage for 15 days after you sign up for an AOMEI account.

Restore from NAS with AOMEI Backupper

Now let’s take a look at how to restore from NAS device. First we need to locate the backup image by clicking on Restore and Select Task or Select Image File button in the main interface. Once the image shows up in the list box, select it, and then click Next. Then select the item in the image to restore.

Select Task

Then we need to select a destination partition to restore. In general, restoring from NAS is not quite special. Just as easy as from an external hard drive.

Select Destination

Preview the Operation Summary. If the target location is a SSD partition, you can tick "Align partition to optimize for SSD" to improve performance. Finally, click "Start Restore".

SSD Alignment


NAS device has provided us a possibility to backup our PCs and Servers in a more secure and convenient way. AOMEI Technology has made a full use of it by presenting the users "Backup to NAS" and "Restore from NAS" features in AOMEI Backupper. Apart from backing up files to NAS from local, you are allowed to do NAS to NAS backup in the same way. Now free download and have a try!

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Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.