Best Way to Backup NAS to PC

Posted by @Teresa

October 9, 2017

This tutorial will show you how to backup from Network-attached storage (NAS) to PC step by step with the help of free backup software.

About NAS

NAS is the abbreviation of Network-attached storage which is a file-level computer data storage server connected to a computer network providing data access to a heterogeneous group of clients. It is specialized for serving files either by its hardware/software or configuration. NAS systems are networked appliances which contain one or more storage drives. There are many NAS manufacturers around the world. You may know their products like Synology DS1515+ NAS, QNAP TS-251+-2G-US NAS, Netgear RN31400-100 NAS and so on. Most people backup files to NAS for better security and less wastage of CPU.

Synology NAS

Why backup NAS to PC?

You are able to create your own personal cloud with NAS to store music, movies, documents and data. This is a relative conception to public clouds. The personal cloud create with NAS will keep all your content in one safe place on your home network so you can share files, stream media and access your content anywhere. However, as a storage device, NAS would fail due to various reasons. For instance, NAS units use regular RAID, and then it is likely to fail. Anyway, to protect data, you can backup NAS to NAS or backup NAS to computer.

How to backup NAS to PC?

To backup NAS, you need to find professional NAS backup software. Some software claims they support backup NAS, but the truth is they CLONE files on NAS to PC. This operation achieves your aim of protecting data and wasting your disk space at the same time because backup image takes less space than its original form.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is free backup software that helps you backup from NAS to PC. The feature File Backup allows you to randomly backup individual files and folders from NAS or network to computers. In addition to backing up NAS to local PC, you can also backup NAS to external hard drive. You are able to compress and encrypt backup image if the data is quite sensitive and personal. Incremental and schedule backup also are supported by this software. It has a user-friendly interface so that you don’t need to worry about losing data by mistake.

Backup NAS to local drive with AOMEI Backupper

1. Download and install AOMEI Backupper Standard. Start it and click File Backup under Backup option.

File Backup

2. Click Add File or Add Folders to add files on NAS. Your account and password may be required to access the data during this process. Just follow the wizard.

Add File or Add Folder

NAS Share

3. Click to select another place to store NAS backup image.

Select destination location

4. You can compress and encrypt backup image, or set schedule backup by clicking Backup Options and checking Schedulebox (Optional). Then click Start Backup.

Start Backup

See, within only 4 simple steps, you are able to backup NAS to PC successfully. The feature of this software could be applied to Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista for free. AOMEI Backupper Standard has many other helpful features that could help you solve practical issues, such as clone hard drive with bad sectors, create bootable media, backup hard drive without booting Windows, backup system/disk/partition, system clone etc.