How to Backup Windows PC to WD My Cloud in Windows 10/8/7?
This article will not only show you how to backup Windows PC to My Cloud but also teach you how to backup PC to mainstream cloud drives for safekeeping.
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My Cloud is a personal cloud storage device developed by Western Digital Corporation that used to save personal files including photos, videos, music, and documents, etc. It is comprised of two parts: a hard drive and a cloud service. Plugging the hard drive directly into your Wi-Fi router at home, you can save all your digital content in the cloud storage. With the My Cloud app, you can access, upload, and share your content from anywhere with an internet connection.
In addition, you can create user accounts with passwords to allow family, friends, and colleagues to access specific folders, so you can share information and collaborate. You can also transfer files between the My Cloud and public cloud drives like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and so on.
“One of the main reasons I purchased My Cloud was to back up other computers on my home network. I have installed the drive on my network, which is recognized by Windows Explorer as My Cloud (Z:), and I can store files on it. Now, I wonder if I can back up my PC to My Cloud so that I can restore my PC after a system crash or other unexpected things. If I can, how to do it? Thanks for your reply in advance!”
As mentioned in the case, there are many My Cloud users who want to backup their PC to My Cloud. Because storing at least one copy of your PC data offsite is an important part of the 3-2-1 backup rule. With a backup in hand, they can roll back time to the moment before the disaster happens to their PC. Meanwhile, saving data on cloud storage can save much disk space on the local drive and ensure computer function runs normally.
Actually, of course you can backup PC to My Cloud as long as you have enough storage space to store all data. If you are wondering how to achieve it, you can read the following contents.
As you may already know, Western Digital has released its official data backup software to help users backup files to the My Cloud automatically and constantly. However, WD backup software is designed for files backup only. It doesn’t support backing up programs or Windows operating system.
However, now that the My Cloud is a personal Network-Attached Storage device, you can backup Windows 7/8/10 to WD NAS directly with Windows built-in tool - Backup and Restore. Windows 10 has inherited the Backup and Restore tool from Windows 7. Follow the guidance below to learn how to backup PC to My Cloud using Backup and Restore (Windows 7):
1. Tap the Search button on the taskbar and type “backup” in the search box. Select Backup and Restore (Windows 7) from the search results.
2. Click on Set up backup on the top-right of the screen. Then, the Start Windows Backup pop-out will appear. Wait for a few seconds.
3. Choose Save on a network.
4. Click on Browse to find the WD NAS or type its IP address in the blank space. Once the destination is selected, you need to input the username and password to provide Windows with the necessary access to it. Once done, click OK.
5. Select the newly-added network location and click Next to continue. Then, select Let Windows choose (recommended) so that Windows will select the files to be backed up for you by default. Click Next to continue.
6. At Review backup settings window, you can click Change schedule to let Windows 10 automatic backup to NAS. Then click Save settings and run the backup.
Note: Windows OS has a limitation that you must have Windows7/8/10 Professional or Enterprise editions. Otherwise, you cannot use Windows built-in Backup and Restore utility to backup Windows to WD NAS. If you are using other editions, you can rely on a third-party backup tool like AOMEI Backupper to backup PC to WD My Cloud.
Actually, although My Cloud is a good choice for data backup and storage, you are suggested to backup Windows PC to public cloud storage like Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive for the following reasons:
☛Generally, users would like to backup files, OS, or even entire PC constantly to the target storage so that they can have the backup in the newest version. So, they need large storage space in target storage. Most public clouds offer unlimited storage at an affordable price while My Cloud storage is limited.
☛Data stored on public cloud storage can be accessed from anywhere you have an Internet connection, not just within the LAN.
You can refer to the following steps to learn how to backup Windows PC to Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and AOMEI CLoud if needed.
Google released a tool called Backup and Sync that lets you pick and choose folders on your system to keep backed up to Google Drive. Normally, only the Google Drive folder is kept synced, so, you should put all of your library folders into the synced folder.
1. Download and install the Backup and Sync and then sign in your Google Account.
2. Choose which folders you want to keep backed up. Add as many as you want using Choose Folder.
3. Select which folders you also want to keep in sync on your computer. This is basically the same as Google Drive proper with a bit more flexibility.
4. Keep the utility running and your chosen folders will stay backed up.
After installing, Dropbox creates a special “Dropbox” folder, and only files in that folder are synced to Dropbox’s servers.
1. Download and install the Dropbox.
2. Create and sign in with your Dropbox account.
3. Navigate to %UserProfile%/Dropbox for your Dropbox folder. Add any file or folder you want to backup to the Dropbox cloud. It will automatically start syncing.
4. Visit the Dropbox site to access files at any time.
OneDrive is similar to Dropbox in that it creates a special “OneDrive” folder and only syncs the contents of that folder to its cloud servers. You’ll have to put all of your library folders into your OneDrive folder.
1. If you don’t have OneDrive, download and install it from the Windows Store.
2. Login with a Microsoft account.
3. Navigate to %UserProfile%/OneDrive for your OneDrive folder. Add any file or folder you want to backup to your OneDrive cloud. It will automatically start syncing.
4. Launch the OneDrive app or use the OneDrive site to access files at any time.
AOMEI Cloud is offered by CBackupper, which is a reliable cloud backup for Windows PC that offers 1000 GB storage space for only $6 a month. What's more, you can download CBackupper to it without charge for 15 days. If you just need to do PC files migration, the 15-day free trial and 1000 GB space is totally enough for you. If you want to use it as a long-term storage solution, you can upgrade your account before the free trial ends.
1. Download and install it on your computer. Run it and sign up.
2. After logging in, click on the Task tab and click on the New Task button.
3. Click on Add Source to select the PC files that you want to backup to AOMEI Cloud. After selecting, click Start Backup.
You can follow the steps above to backup PC to My Cloud with Windows built-in backup tool. However, you are recommended to backup your PC to public cloud storage including Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and AOMEI Cloud with larger capacity so that you can have the unlimited backup versions and access your files in cloud beyond LAN.