How to Backup a NAS Server?

Posted by @Cherry

February 10, 2017

Storing data on a NAS server is a very popular way, and in order to make sure the data safe, you’d better backup NAS server to another place. Learn how to backup a NAS for you.

What is NAS server?

NAS, the short of Network Attached Storage, is a hard disk storage that is set up with its own network address rather than being attached to the department computer that is serving applications to a network’s workstation users. The NAS device does not need to be located with in the server but can exist in a LAN and can be made up of multiple networked NAS devices, attached to a local area network (typically, an Ethernet network) and assigned an IP address. Users can access the data on the NAS through network. It is a server that dedicated to nothing more than file sharing.

Why you need to backup NAS server?

NAS server provides very convenient service that users would like to store data onto NAS server. Thus, users in a same LAN can access the data with its IP address through the internet. It is a wonderful way for the users who need to share files anytime (especially the business and home users). However, storing data on NAS server is not a complete safe way. There are so many elements can cause data lose. For example, human’s unexpected operations, if other users delete your data, you will lose it. But if you have the backup files, you can save the data no matter the bad things happened. Considering keep data on the NAS server safe, you’d better backup NAS server. But how to backup a NAS server?

How to backup a NAS server?

To backup a NAS drive, here we highly recommend you the easiest NAS backup software-AOMEI Backupper, which can backup a NAS server in a few simple steps under the environment of Windows. The next content will teach you how to backup a NAS server with AOMEI Backupper.

Tips:

  • For Windows PC users, you can use the free edition to backup a NAS server, but you need to download the free backup software before using. for Windows Server users, the Standard edition is not suitable, but you can upgrade it to AOMEI Backupper Server, which is compatible with Windows Server OSes and Windows PC OSes.
  • You need to decide where to store the backup image on. AOMEI Backupper provides you backup NAS to NAS, or you can backup NAS to external hard drive, or a local hard drive. Here we take an example of backing up NAS storage drive to external hard drive.

Step1.Connect you external hard drive to your Windows PC and make sure it can be detected by your computer. Then, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Click Backup->File Backup.

File Backup

Step2. To backup a NAS server, here you need to select your NAS server as the source party. Click Add File/Add Folder, then, click Share/NAS to reach the NAS server. Click Add Folder,it will pop out a window for selecting folder, click Browse, and click Share/NAS.

Share- NAS

Step3.After getting into the Share/NAS Management, click Add Share or NAS device, type the name of your NAS or its IP address (recommended).

IP Address

Step4. Then, you will connected to your NAS server. when you click it, all the folders on the NAS server will be list at the right box. Select what you want to backup, click OK to continue.

Select Folder

Notes:

If you only want to backup some specially file extension, you can upgrade the Standard edition to AOMEI Backupper professional, which provides you backup files with a certain file extension automatically.

Step5.Then, you need to click “Step2” to select the external hard drive you plugged in before as the destination place, here is F:\. Then, you can click Start Backup to launch the progress.

Backup NAS to External Hard Drive

Notes:

  • Before starting, you can setup an automatic backup and choose to do a full backup or incremental/differential backup under the Schedule option.
  • The Backup Options provides more functions such as add comments for the backup, make an email notification, etc.

Conclusion

Backup a NAS server with AOMEI Backupper is such a simple thing. The concise interface is very easy to handle, and it can save a lot of time for you. It should be the best NAS backup software. Actually, AOMEI Backupper is not only a NAS backup software, you can also use it to backup hard drive, system, partition, etc. Once you need, you can use the backup image to restore your computer in anytime. AOMEI Backupper is a wonderful software that can secure your data safe.