***Update: if you have DSM 6.0 installed, follow our new guide:
Synology has in-built the possibility to back up all your synology data to:
- An external USB or a shared folder
- A network drive
- A cloud service
In this guide, I will go through the necessary steps to back up all your NAS files to an external USB or a shared map within your NAS. The steps are the almost the same on both cases, the only difference is where to store your files in step 6.
Step-by-step guide on how to back up your files
1. There are three USB ports, two USB3.0 in the back and one USB2.0 in the front. You can connect your USB external hard drive any of the ports, the only difference will be the speed transfer. If recognized, the USB unit will appear as a folder in your File Station.
2. Click on the menu button
3. Click on “Backup and restore” button:
4. Click on “Create” and “Data backup task”:
5. The backup wizard will start, click Next.
6. Give a name to your back up, for example “My Backup Test” and click Next:
7. Select destination type: “Local Backup”:
8. Select your USB folder and then the folder where you want to store the backup files:
9. If you want your deleted files on the NAS to be kept on your back folder click in here:
10. If you want the files properties and the thumbnails for the photos stored in Photo Station, click here:
11. Select the files and folders you want to backup:
12. To set up the frequency of the backup, click on “Enable backup schedule”, then on “Advance schedule” and finally click on “Backup inmmediatly” if you want to create your backup after the setup:
13. Set up the frequency of the backup, day and time. Read my Backup plan if you are unsure on what is the best way to do this.
14. And you will get finally a confirmation of the details:
15. Your backup will be stored and you can follow if it has been successful or not in the “Back up and Restore” Menu:
16. If you had set up email notifications in your NAS, you will receive an email every time the backup has been completed with information of the status.
And you are done!