Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Network backup choices.

23 May 2012   #1
Coke Robot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Network backup choices.

Hello forum people!

I am curious today, at how to do something. I have a couple of friends that have a laptop and a desktop and want to use the desktop as a main backup, Hulk-like thing that will hold a plethora of data.

My question is this, how?

I'm thinking I could use HomeGroup to do that, but I don't think that solves anything. Or, use a NAS box for such. But preferably, the least cost as possible with this.

I was wondering if the desktop could be used as the backup device in this situation over the network. If so, I don't know how to get that going.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64


What sort of information on the laptop do they want to backup? Just user data (e.g. music, photo's etc) or the entire laptop (e.g. Windows system files and other user data)?

If its the latter, the easiest way to backup the entire laptop is doing an image of the laptop to an external USB drive, not the desktop. Is this an option? If so, please see these tutorials:

Imaging with free Macrium
MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive

If its user files only, then you could use ROBOCOPY to perform this between folders on the HomeGroup:

ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Use any imaging software. When finished, copy the file to the backup location. Piece of cake.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 May 2012   #4
Coke Robot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The preferred method would be to do a networked backup since I would think it would be tedious to backup new data. The main thing that would be backed up would be user data.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

@Coke Robot,

Do you want to do a backup to the desktop, or do you want to just store the data itself on the desktop and share it out for the other machine on the network?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Network backup choices.

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Os choices
A lot of people think that you can only buy a laptop with W8 on it. This is true if you go to PC World, you would have to twist their arms to get anything else. If you would prefer W7 in any form then Novatech can help as their laptops and built pc's can be bought with or without an operating...
General Discussion
What software to use with SSD clone and for backup too? Many Choices!!
Hi I have few questions. Let me explain my situation. I picked up the 512 GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD to install in my Dell 17R N7110 laptop with the 64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate OS. To replace the stock 1 TB hard drive requires removing the keyboard, palm rest, optical drive and some more items. It is...
Hardware & Devices
Need new Hard Drive, choices, choices...
Hi there. I recently have had hard drive failure, and I am in need of an upgrade. However, I'm not sure what I should get... I have been referred to this site: Best High-End Gaming PC | Hardware Revolution Best Mainstream Gaming PC | Hardware Revolution I think I have narrowed it down in...
Hardware & Devices
VMware Player 4.0 - network config choices
The VMware manual "Getting Started w VMware Player" describes 3 choices to config a virtual network: (1) NAT (2) Bridged (3) Host only. But it's not clear to me which one(s) is most appropriate for my simple VM - the host OS is Win 7 Home, the guest OS is Win XP Pro (couldn't be any simpler right...
What Card to get? Choices choices
Hi all Just need a little help here. I currently have a Nvidia 9500GT card. Its started playing up a little so i need a new one. Now, obviously my money is tight for this lol, so im looking for anyone who can help me. I would love something that is more powerfull but to be honest i dont think i...
Chillout Room

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:22.
Twitter Facebook Google+