By Kelsey / Last Updated October 15, 2020

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What is Network Drive?

You may not know very well what a Network Drive is. A Network Drive is a storage device installed and operated through a local access network (LAN) in an enterprise or home. But in general, network drives refer to NAS (Network Attached Storage) drives, which are a series of drives directly connected to a network hub. It is shared among all/or selected users on the network and provides the same data storage and access services as standard disk drives.

Within an enterprise, the Network Drive is usually located on the server or NAS device. In the home, the Network Drive may be located on one of the dedicated servers, NAS devices, and external hard drives. Network Drive makes it easier to share and store files without exhausting computer resources. And if the drive has enough capacity, it can also be used to back up all computers on the network.

Network Drive

Why Backup Network Drive Data to Google Drive?

Although using Network Drive can easily share files with others, and make files easier to backup and mirror. But being a central storage location with multiple users also increases the possibility of files being accidentally deleted, modified, hacked or infected. And anyone with access to the drive can move the data in it, which can easily cause file loss.

But as long as the Network Drive is backed up to a remote location, these concerns can be eliminated. Google Drive is a very good choice. Backing up Network Drive to Google Drive can not only ensure that the data is safely stored in a different place, but also can facilitate access and management of files on any device anytime, anywhere.

Backup Network Drive to Google Drive

2 Ways to Backup Network Drive to Google Drive

If you only need to back up part of the data, you can manually upload the file to Google Drive. If you need to back up the entire Network Drive, automatically syncing Network Drive to Google Drive is a more suitable method. Read on for detailed steps.

Way 1. Upload Network Drive to Google Drive

Manually uploading Network Drive files to Google Drive is the most direct method. If you don’t have much data to back up, this method can help you.

Step 1. Log in to the Google Drive webpage, find and click the My Drive tab, and then select Upload files... or Upload folder...

Upload Files to Google Drive

Step 2. Find and select the Network Drive Disk, select the file or folder you want to upload, and click Open.

Step 3. The files will start uploading to Google Drive, you just need to wait for the process to complete.

Way 2. Backup Network Drive automatically

If you need to back up the entire Network Drive, the above method will be more troublesome to perform. You might want to try Google's client program Backup and Sync. However, many users report that it cannot back up Network Drive.

I recommend that you consider reliable third-party tools at this time, such as AOMEI Backupper Standard. In addition to syncing Network Drive to Google Drive, it also supports backing up local files to the cloud. Also, it is completely free.

Before starting, you need to download and install Google Backup and Sync on a Windows-based computer, and log in to your account.

Step 1. Download and install the AOMEI Backupper Standard on your computer and launch it.

Step 2. After launching it, select File Backup under the Backup tab.

File Backup AOMEI Backupper

Step 3. In the next window, you can set the Task Name to easily distinguish this backup from other tasks. Click Add Folder or Add File to select the file/folder located in Network Drive to be backed up.

Add Folder File AOMEI Backupper

Step 4. Click Select a cloud drive, and then specify the Google Drive folder as the destination to store the backup.

Select A Cloud Drive

Step 5. If you need to automatically backup data to Google Drive, you can click Schedule to set up daily/weekly/monthly automatic backups. Finally, click Start Backup.

Schedule Settings General Aomei Backupper

Note: If your Network Drive is located on the Nas device, sync or backup Nas to Google Drive only needs to locate the Share/NAS on the computer when adding files.

Get More Free Cloud Storage Space

You may wish Google Drive backup Network Drive, and you should know that when you register a new account, it only provides users with 15GB of free cloud storage space, and it will run out soon. Unless there is enough space, any of your data can no longer be backed up to Google Drive.

In addition to upgrading a free account to a paid account to expand storage space, you can use a free and safe combinator - CBackupper, which supports combining the storage space of multiple cloud drives to back up important data.

Step 1. To sign up with CBackupper, you can navigate to its main page and click Sign up.

Sign Up

Step 2. To connect your cloud drive, you can click Clouds and Add Clouds, then select Google Drive and click OK. Click Allocate to allocated backup space and confirm the operation by ticking Note and clicking OK.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. In the same way, add as many cloud drive accounts as possible (including Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.). Now all the accounts you added are listed under the My Clouds list. The total space that they are combined is also shown below.

Combine Cloud Storage

Backup Network Drive to AOMEI Cloud (1000GB)

In addition to Google Drive, you can also use more professional online backup services to protect the data in Network Drive, such as the CBackupper PC client, which is a software that focuses on PC-to-cloud backup. And compared with most cloud backup tools, you can get more cloud backup space (1000GB) at a low price ($6/month, $60year). Compared with cloud storage services, CBackupper can automatically restore your backed up data back to the local, with more professional and comprehensive functions.

Now you can start your 15-day free trial:

1.Download and install the CBackupper PC client, and then launch it.

2. Use your registered account to log in.

Sign In

3. Under the Tasks tab, click New Task.

Create Task

4. Then click Add Source to select Network Drive files or other required files, and click Start Backup to backup.

Add Source

Final Words

Wanna know how to backup Network Drive to Google Drive? You can use the two methods provided in the article. Using software such as AOMEI Backupper can easily back up or synchronize Network Drive data to Google Drive. However, the 15GB of free space provided by Google Drive will definitely be exhausted immediately. Using CBackupper to combine the storage space of your multiple cloud drives is a good choice. It is better to try it.