How to backup Windows (win7/win10 etc) and Recover from network drive

Map Network Drive:

  1. You need to open Windows Explorer or This PC from the Start menu.

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    Select This PC option

  2. Then click the Map network drive option in the Network section.

    Select Map Network Drive
    Select Map Network Drive

  3. When a new Map Network Drive window opens, you need to choose an available drive letter from the drop-down list.
  4. You need to select a folder that you want to map as a drive, then click the OK button.

    Click the OK button
    Click the OK button

  5. If you wish this network drive to be mapped permanently, you need to select the Reconnect at sign-in option.
  6. At last, click the Finish button.

    Hit the Finish button
    Hit the Finish button

How to Create a Windows 10 Backup to a Network Drive

If you have Windows 10 Pro, you can use built-in tools to back up to a network drive.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Click on “Update and Security.”

3. Click “Backup,” then click “Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7).”

4. Click “Set up backup” to set up a new backup.

5. To select your network drive, click “Save on a network …”

6. Next to the file path, click the “Browse” button and locate your backup drive on the network.

7. Under “Network Credentials,” enter the username and password of a user account on the target machine. Click OK when you’re done.

8. Make sure the drive is selected from the list of available drives and click “Next.”

9. Select a full backup up top or a custom backup on the bottom, then click “Next.”

10. Click “Save settings and run backup” to confirm your settings and begin the backup.

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Solutions to Windows 10/11 Backup to Network Drive

Three ways on how to backup Windows 10/11 to network drive or NAS will be illustrated below. Then, which one should you choose? Windows 10/11 File History vs Backup, or turn to a third-party backup utility. Get details below and choose one of them according to your situation.

There are two built-in tools can help you perform Windows 10/11 backup to network drive: Backup and Restore (Windows 7) and File History. The Backup and Restore utility can help backup Windows 10/11 system to network drive including systems files, applications, files, etc. File History focuses on backing up files to network drive in Windows 10/11. Both support Windows 10/11 automatic backup to network drive.  is also supported.

Choose Backup and Restore if you want to create system image backup and select File History if you want to backup files/folders. However, it’s possible to meet  now and then. In that case, one free third-party backup tool – AOMEI Backupper Standard can help you execute Windows 10 backup to network drive or NAS. It supports both system backup and files/folders backup. Please refer to Part 3 to learn more

Method 2: Windows 10/11 Backup to Network Drive via File History

File History is the primary built-in backup solution in Windows 10 that can help you backup all folders in the user account folder. You can also add other folders according to your needs. And it allows you to perform Windows 10/11 backup files to network drive/NAS or external hard drive.

Step 1. Click Start > Click Settings option > choose Update & security > Click Backup.

Step 2. Click the “+” next to Add a drive and choose network location to store the backup files.

Step 3. Click More options to access Backup options screen where you can set how often File History backs up your files, how long versions are saved and add other folders that need to be backed up.

Tip: If you are currently using Windows 11, the location of Backup and Restore (Windows 7) may be a little different. To find it, go to Start > Settings > System > Storage, scroll down to Storage Management and select Advanced storage settings > Backup options, then you will see Back up with File History. 

How to restore the backup files using File History

If you accidentally delete a file/folder, you can perform Windows 10/11 File History restore to recover the file/folder. Two methods are available.

1. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > File History > Restore personal files. Browse and find the files you want to restore.

2. To restore a previous version of a file: right-click the file and select Properties and go to the Previous Versions tab > choose a restore point and restore it.

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Part 3: Backup Windows 10 to Network Drive via Backup and Restore

Back up and Restore es una herramienta nativa de Windows 7, sin embargo, esta herramienta está disponible en Windows 10. Back up and Restore permite realizar respaldos del Sistema Operativo, sus configuraciones y carpetas, creando una imagen de recuperación del sistema.

A. How to Create a Backup

Step 1: Go to the Backup section

You can find this section in the Settings left pan

You can find this section in the Settings left panel

Step 2: Click on “Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7)”

To access the Backup and Restore tool, you must cl

To access the Backup and Restore tool, you must click on its label that is in the lower part of the screen.

Step 3: Go to “Set up backup”

Into the

Into the “Back up and restore” section, click on “Set up backup” option

Step 4: Click on “Save on a network …”

Here you must click on the

Here you must click on the “Save on a network …” a button that is located on the right side of the window

Step 5: Select the Network location

To select the network location, you must click on

To select the network location, you must click on the “Browse…” button, then a pop-up window will be displayed, here you can manually browse and select the specific folder where you want to store the backup.

Step 6: Enter the Network credentials

In the lower part of the window, you will see a co

In the lower part of the window, you will see a couple of boxes, here you have to enter the username and password of a user account on the target machine. Then click on “Ok.”

Step 7: Select the drive

Once you've correctly added the network location,

Once you’ve correctly added the network location, it should be displayed in the available backup locations. If so, make sure it is selected and click on “Next.”

Step 8: Customize your backup

Now you can choose between a full backup or a cust

Now you can choose between a full backup or a customized backup, you can manually choose the folders or drives you want to back up. Once you’ve decided and selected the option you deem necessary, click on “Next”

Step 9: Confirm the process

Now, all you have to do is click on

Now, all you have to do is click on “Save settings and run backup”. Then, the process will start automatically.

B. How to Restore to backup

Step 1: Click on “Restore my files”

Go back to the

Go back to the “Back up and Restore (Windows 7) section. Here you can choose between restoring your files or Recover system settings. Click on the option you deem necessary.

Have Questions?

Windows versions, tools, and backup terminology all can be confusing, and we know how hard it can be to make sense of all of it. If there’s something we haven’t addressed here, or if you have a question or contribution, please let us know in the comments.

And happy Windows Backup Day! (Just don’t tell Apple.)

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What’s the Best Strategy for Backing Up?

Now that we’ve got our terminology clear, let’s talk backup strategies for Windows.

At Backblaze, we advocate the 3-2-1 strategy for safeguarding your data, which means that you should maintain three copies of any valuable data—two copies stored locally and one stored remotely. I follow this strategy at home by working on the active data on my Windows 10 desktop computer (copy one), which is backed up to a Drobo RAID device attached via USB (copy two), and backing up the desktop to Backblaze Personal Backup in the cloud (copy three). I also keep an image of my primary disk on a separate drive and frequently update it using Windows 10’s image tool.

I use Dropbox for sharing specific files I am working on that I might wish to have access to when I am traveling or on another computer. Once my subscription with Dropbox expires, I’ll use the latest release of Backblaze that has individual file preview with sharing built-in.

Before you decide which backup strategy will work best for your situation, you’ll need to ask yourself a number of questions. These questions include where you wish to store your backups, whether you wish to supply your own storage media, whether the backups will be manual or automatic, and whether limited or unlimited data storage will work best for you.

Strategy 1: Back Up to a Local or Attached Drive

The first copy of the data you are working on is often on your desktop or laptop. You can create a second copy of your data on another drive or directory on your computer, or copy the data to a drive directly attached to your computer, such as via USB.

Windows has built-in tools for both file and image level backup. Depending on which version of Windows you use, these tools are called Backup and Restore, File History, or Image. These tools enable you to set a schedule for automatic backups, which ensures that it is done regularly. You also have the choice to use Windows Explorer (AKA File Explorer) to manually copy files to another location. Some external disk drives and USB flash drives come with their own backup software, and other backup utilities are available for free or for purchase.

This is a supply-your-own media solution, meaning that you need to have a hard disk or other medium available of sufficient size to hold all your backup data. When a disk becomes full, you’ll need to add a disk or swap out the full disk to continue your backups.

We’ve written previously on this strategy at “Should I Use an External Drive for Backup?

Strategy 2: Back Up to a Local Area Network (LAN)

Computers, servers, and NAS on your local network all can be used for backing up data. Microsoft’s built-in backup tools can be used for this job, as can any utility that supports network protocols such as NFS or SMB/CIFS, which are common protocols that allow shared access to files on a network for Windows and other operating systems. There are many third-party applications available as well that provide extensive options for managing and scheduling backups and restoring data when needed.

Multiple computers can be backed up to a single network-shared computer, server, or NAS, which also could then be backed up to the cloud, which rounds out a nice backup strategy, because it covers both local and remote copies of your data. System images of multiple computers on the LAN can be included in these backups if desired.

Again, you are managing the backup media on the local network, so you’ll need to be sure you have sufficient room on the destination drives to store all your backup data.

Strategy 3: Back Up to a Detached Drive at Another Location

You may have read our recent blog post, “Getting Data Archives Out of Your Closet,” in which we discuss the practice of filling hard drives and storing them in a closet. Of course, to satisfy the off-site backup guideline, these drives would need to be stored in a closet that’s in a different geographical location than your main computer. If you’re willing to do all the work of copying the data to drives and transporting them to another location, this is a viable option.

The only limitation to the amount of backup data is the number of hard drives you are willing to purchase—and maybe the size of your closet.

Recovery

There are 2 methods to recover files

  • Recover File History
  • Recover a system image file (compatible with Windows 7)

1. Recover File History

Open the Start menu and open “Settings”.

Click “Update & security”.

Click “Backup” > “More options”.

Click “Restore files from a current backup”.

Click the arrow icon and recover the files you need.

2. Recover a system image file

2. Recover a system image file

Open the Start menu and open “Settings”.

Click “Update & security”.

Click “Recovery” > “Restart now”.

After the computer is restarted, select “Troubleshoot”.

Select “Advanced options”.

Select “System Image Recovery”.

You will be prompted that “Windows cannot find a system image on this computer”. As the system image is on the NAS you can click “Cancel”.

Select “Select a system image” and click “Next”.

Select “Advanced”.

Select “Search for a system image on the network”.

Enter “\\<NAS IP address>\folder name” in the Network folder field (where “folder name” is the shared folder you created earlier) and click “OK”.

Enter the username and password of the account you set up earlier and click “OK”.

After confirming the location is correct, select it and click “Next”.

Select the image to recover and click “Next”.

Depending on your needs you can choose whether to format and repartition disks or not. Click “Next”.

Confirm the information is correct and click “Finish”.

Your computer will recover the system image file and restart.

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