A network drive is a drive that is only accessible over a network. It can be located on a networked computer, a dedicated server, a NAS device, or an external hard drive. You can share files with others who are on the same network (LAN) easily through a network drive.
You may also want to backup your computer to a network drive for the following reasons:
- Save local disk space. If you backup your computer to the share on another computer or server, or a NAS device, the backup image won’t take up local disk space.
- Strengthen backup image’s safety. If your computer encounters serious errors such as system crash or hard disk failure, the backup image stored on a network drive won’t be affected.
However, there are two limitations to network drives that I want you to know:
- A network is indispensable to network drives. If your network fails, all files stored on the network drive become inaccessible.
- If you store your backups on a network drive located on another computer or server, you won’t be able to access the image files when the computer or server is turned off.
Then, how to backup your computer to a network drive easily and safely? A professional backup tool is needed.
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Best free network backup software for you
AOMEI Backupper Standard, a free network backup program for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, comes to help. Following are its main features in regard to backup:
AOMEI Backupper offers System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup, and File Backup to Windows users. You are allowed to create image files for the operating system, disks, partitions, or specific files. Besides, you are able to sync files from one location to another with the File Sync feature.
Backup destination paths
Various backup locations are supported by AOMEI Backupper, such as local drives, external hard disks, USB thumb drives, and SD cards. How about network drives and cloud drives? Of course, they are supported as well.
If you want to create regular backups so as to keep the backup images up-to-date, AOMEI Backupper provides different schedule modes for you. You can perform backups daily at the specified time point. You can also perform backups weekly or monthly at the specified day or days.
How to backup Windows 10 to a network drive step by step?
As the operating system (OS) is the core of a computer and a computer can’t work if the system crashes, it is of great importance to backup computer system. I’ll show you how to backup Windows 10 to a network drive in detail below:
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper and install it on your computer. Launch the program, and select Backup > System Backup.
Step 2. System-related partition(s) is (are) automatically selected by AOMEI Backupper as the source data. You just need to select a destination path by clicking the right edge of the second column and then clicking Select a network location from the drop-down menu.
Step 3. Click Add Network Location in the Network Location Management window. Then, type the network path (ex: \192.168.0.45) and click OK. If you are asked for username and password, type them as well.
Step 4. After the network location is added, you can see all network shared folders under the path. Select a folder to save the image file of Windows 10.
Step 5. Click Start Backup to begin the process.
To sum up
You may choose a network drive as a backup destination in order to save local space and keep image files away from computer errors. AOMEI Backupper makes it easy to backup system/disk/partition/files to a network drive. What’s more, cloud backup is also a good solution to protect your computer data.