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. The old backup button called “Backup and Restore” has been replaced by “Hyper Backup”. Click on it:
4. Click on the plus button at the lower left hand corner and click on ” Data back up task”:
5. Click on “Local shared folder & External storage”:
6. Now you need to:
- Select destination folder (If your USB HDD drive has been recognized, it will appear as a folder in your File Station)
- Click next
7. Select which folders to backup:
8. Select which applications to backup:
9. Do as follows:
- Give a name to the backup job
- Enable task notifications if you want to receive an email when the back up job has been completed
- Enable compression of data and client side encryption
- And schedule your backups
10. Enable backup rotation: It will save past copies of files so you can restore them if needed. Use the Smart Recycle to get backups hourly, daily and weekly and click Apply.
Your backup will start. If you want to edit or delete the backup, click on the list icon: