Does Windows 7 automatically backup files?
"When I use Windows backup utility, it only lists DVD drive as destination. There is no network drive at all (and the tool does not seem to give you an option to search for it manually - just has a refresh button). Any help would be great."
Windows 7 backup and restore can help you make a system image backup automatically. But if you want to automatic backup folders in Windows 7 to network drive, it may not work as usual. Because there is no network drive option in home version. So, you have to upgrade your computer to advanced version, such as, Pro, Education, Ultimate.
Don’t worry about it. This article is to solve this problem. For Pro and other advanced version’s user, you can use Windows Backup and Restore. For Home user, you need to use VHD and a third-party tool like AOMEI Backupper Professional. Honestly, directly using this software will be much easier. You can backup to any network location.
How to auto backup folder to network drive in Windows 7?
Method 1: Automated Backup Windows 7 to Network drive via Windows Backup and Restore
This method is suitable for users who are using Pro, Education and Ultimate or preparing for upgrade. Then, follow the detailed steps to automatic backup file or system in Windows 7.
Step 1. Click Start menu on the taskbar, then type Backup and Restore in the search box and select it from the result list.
Step 2. Click Set up backup or Change settings to summon the next window.
Step 3. Select Save on a network.
Step 4. Type Network Location, Username, Password in this window, then click OK.
Step 5. Click Next.
Step 6. Select Let Windows choose or Let me choose, then click Next.
Step 7. Select folders you want to backup and click Next.
Step 8. Review the selected folders and click Save settings and run backup.
Besides network drive, Windows Backup utility still allows you to automatic backup Windows 7 to external hard drive, internal hard drive. And it supports incremental backup, daily backup, weekly backup, monthly backup.
Method 2: Automatic backup Windows 7 to network drive via VHD
Automatic backup Windows 7 to network drive is difficult for Windows 7 home user, Because Windows 7 backup utility in home version does not support this feature. But it gives you an option to create VHD (Virtual Hard Drive).
Step 1. Click Start menu on the taskbar, then select Computer.
Step 2. Click Tools and Map network drive
Step 3. Specify a drive letter for your network drive.
Step 4. Specify the path of the specified folder on the network drive. You can click Browse to find the path or directly type IP address of the network drive and specify a shared folder.
Step 5. Click Finish.
Step 6. Then, you need to schedule backup Windows 7 using a third-party backup software. Most of them can support using mapped network drive as destination path. AOMEI Backupper is one of the reliable software, which allows you to automatic backup Windows 7 to VHD.
Note: In all version of Backup and Restore, you are not allowed to use VHD as destination path.
Method 3:Auto backup folder to network drive in Windows 7 with AOMEI Backupper
If you just want an easier way or more advanced features, you can use Backup and Restore software AOMEI Backupper. With it, you can backup to network drive, VHD, external hard drive, Seagate NAS, Dropbox, etc.
For automatic backup, you can set up daily backup, weekly backup, monthly backup. Also, it supports differential backup not just incremental backup. And the incremental backup is not prior choice, because it requires all the incremental image files to be complete. Besides, you can enable email notification to see if your full backup is completed successfully.
Before coming to our point, you need to download AOMEI Backupper first. Then, see below.
Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper and enter the main page. In this Window, you can click Backup at the left panel, then click File Backup.
Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder and select the files or folders you would like to backup.
Step 3. Click the triangle button and click select a network location, then select the network drive in the pop-up window.
If this is the first time you automatic backup Windows 7 to network drive, you are supposed to add a network drive first.
If your operating system is Windows 10, you can directly backup to OneDrive. OneDrive comes with Windows 10, so you do not need extra storage device.
Step 4. (Recommended). Click Schedule at the lower left corner and select differential backup from the advanced tab.
Note: Differential backup can help you save time and disk space and it does not be influenced by image file in the schedule. More so, it overcomes the shortcoming of incremental backup. For incremental backup, if one image file damaged, the rest of backup will be invalid.
Step 5. After you set up settings, you can click Start Backup. Next, the only thing is to wait for the result and check it.
Nowdays, there are increasingly storage devices. However, they may be damaged or corrupted owing to many reasons, such as, local disk or partition error, virus attack, fire, etc. Besides, the external hard drive and USB may be stolen. Thus, you’d follow the 3-2-1 backup strategy, which can be a much safer way.
Automatic backup Windows 7 to network drive is difficult for Windows 7 home user. But you still can backup to VHD with AOMEI Backupper or directly use this software. It can be used on all versions of Windows 7 computers, including Windows 7 home, Windows 7 ultimate, etc. It supports different backup, which cannot be affected by image file in the schedule backup.
With AOMEI Backupper, you can create a system backup, sync folder to network drive, clone disk to larger disk, etc. All of these operations can protect your computer and reduce the risk of data loss. Download it and try it for yourself.
If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network.