The case: backup to a remote PC
“Hi, I would like to ask you about your experience or recommendation of backup software. I would like to backup to a remote PC (a PC of my family members in a different location in the city). These are my requirements: I will do offline backup at the beginning as it is a lot of data - 4TB and then I would like to do differential backups (only the new/modified stuff will be backed up).
The operating system on both PC will be Windows 7/Windows 10. The backup schedule would be configurable both time/bandwidth. Could you recommend me software (preferably free) that could cover my needs?”
Everyone may lose data at some point in their lives due to system crash, software conflict, and human error, etc. These data cost you a lot of time and money, especially some important files/folders. To avoid data loss, you have to backup files frequently.
Why backup to another computer over the internet?
For those who have more than one computer or work on multiple computers, they are more likely to transfer files from one computer to another. Many measures can be taken to accomplish this task such as copying and pasting files to another PC with USB drive or SD card, compressing and sending files to one PC by email or blue-tooth and so on.
However, the easiest and most reliable way is to backup to another computer over the internet. Why share files over the internet? There are three main reasons:
Protect you against any type of data loss. External hard drives can be easily damaged and lost, while these shortcomings can be overcome by internet.
Save the space of your physical storage device. Your storage device will not be occupied after sharing files over the network.
Easy to access files. After sharing, the computers on the same LAN can copy and view the files.
Best freeware for computer to computer backup
How to backup to another computer over the internet? The best answer is to use AOMEI Backupper Standard (Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP supported). It supports transferring files from one PC to another over the internet and it’s free of charge.
This freeware is equipped with files sync and files backup. Compared to files backup, files sync won’t create image files. Thus, you can view your files at any time after syncing. Besides, you can transfer multiple folders simultaneously with this p2p backup utility.
In addition to backing up to another computer on network, this software also enables you to sync files to external hard drives, NAS devices, and cloud drives, etc. If you are worried that you will forget to sync files sometimes, you can set up an automatic sync.
Download this freeware to have a try! Here are detailed steps.
How to backup to another computer on the network?
Before syncing, you need to install and open this utility.
Step 1. Click Basic Sync under the Sync tab.
Step 2. The default Take Name can be modified by your needs. Click Add Folder to find the folder you want to sync.
Step 3. Click the inverted triangle and choose Select a network location.
Step 4. Click Share/NAS > Add Network Location input necessary information, then click OK.
Step 5. Click Start Sync to backup files to another computer over the internet.
Filter settings (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional) can help you sync files with a certain file extension.
If you want to distinguish your folder from others easily, you can click Sync Options to write a comment for your current operation.
Schedule means your files can be synchronized automatically. There are 5 options you can choose: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers and USB plug in. The last 2 features can be only used in advanced version. Therefore, you can upgrade to the Pro edition to use these features.
As another feature of advanced editions, Real-Time Sync under Sync tab can help you sync changed files from the source directory to the destination directory in real time.
After syncing, you can go Computer > Network on the destination computer. Then, find the source computer and open it to access the shared files.
Do not change the folder name of the source after syncing. Otherwise the program cannot sync it anymore.
This freeware only supports one-way sync currently.
As you can see, only a few clicks can help you backup to another computer over the internet. Don't hesitate to sync files between two computers with AOMEI Backupper Standard, if you work on different PCs.