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The best way to backup your Synology: Cloud Station ShareSync

I am finally back posting on this site 🙂

On today’s blog post I want to talk about backing up your synology. There are a lot of ways to do it, but as free services become paid services, things get more complicated.

In today’s blog post I am going to show you how I back up my synology. It might not be the best way if you are on a low budget, but it works as a charm for me. Also, as they holidays are getting close, It might give you an idea for a present for you or a loved one 😉

Back-up methods for Synology

In an early post I describe my previous back up plan, as well as how to back up your synology to an external drive with Hyper Backup or to a cloud service like Azure.

But i have a better way to do it today, and after all the questions I have received on the comments,, I though it would be best to share it with all of you.

As you probably are aware, Synology has changed the back up services to a service they called hyperbackup.

You can access the hyper back up service from the Menu, if you have it installed:

  1. Click on the menu button synology NAS menu button
  2. The old backup button called “Backup and Restore” has been replaced by “Hyper Backup”. Click on it:

hyber backup synology

and you will see they new backup possibilities:

4. Click on the plus button at the lower left hand corner and click on ” Data back up task”:

add data backup task synolgoy

I have showed you on a previous blog post how to back up  to an external drive with Hyper Backup and to Azure.

backup destination synology

And that is the way I did it, but when my USB backup disk died, I gave it a proper burial and never looked back. I am doing it differently now and it is the best change i ever did on the synology.

How I back up my data now in my Synology

I have a Synology DS713+ and I love that little machine. I have countless of times talked to my father about it and showed him to (he is tech nerd as me) and I always wanted to give him a synology as a present.

When my USB backup disk died, that is when I thought of it. I can buy a Synology for my backups and put it my fathers house, so I have my own external cloud backup and he has a machine to play with.

WIN_WIN really. Best purchase ever made. Seriously.

So said and done, I bought it, configured it and put it in his house.

As the Synology is a newer model, I made sure to install the disk with a Btrfs format and I then could have Replication on the backup. You have no idea how many times the replication function has saved me from big disasters….like deleting all the content on my synology….(a story for another day). I will talk about replication in another post, promise.

So, it doesn’t come cheap, but it is by far the best method to backup your files,specially if you can place it in somebody else’s house.

So how do I did it?

Back up to another Synology

I have 3 backups to the remote synology:

  1. A hyper backup
  2. Cloud station ShareSync
  3. A replication on important folders

Cloud station ShareSync

And this is my secret: cloud station ShareSync combined with replication is the best backup system I can think of.

Here is how it works, cloud station ShareSync, syncs the folders between my two NAS and the replication makes hourly, daily, weekly, quarterly and yearly copies of it. Amazing right?

You might be wondering why I dont have replication in the synology i have at home. Well, the disk format is wrong…so I need to reformat my drives before I can activate replication in the DS713+.

I am going to that very soon and I will let you know how it went as soon as I am ready 🙂

The setup

Ok, back to business, lets set up the cloud station ShareSync.

To do that, you only need to configure the remote synology.

First, install the app cloud station ShareSync from the package center.

Once you have it, click on it:

2 cloud station share sync

I dont remember if you needed the cloud station server too. I am guessing, you do, but check without and install it if it doesnt work.

Now, you need to configure the connection to your home synology. Click on the plus sign:

add a new nas

and set up the connection as follows:

  1. You synology name: xxxx.synology.me or quickconnect name
  2. Your home synology username
  3. Your home synology password
  4. and enable SSL data transmission.

Select the folder you want to sync and click on the tool:

select folder sharesync

Select the subfolders:

select subfolders sharesync

and select the permission settings:

  1. Two way sync: both synologies can write files on both home and remote synology.
  2. Upload data only: write files from remote to home
  3. Download data only: write files from home to remote (the one I have)

and you are done!! You now have a copy of your data in another synology. :))

Word of caution!

Be careful with this. If you  select option 1 or 3 on the previous step and you download files from the home server, they will be deleted on your backup copy too. This is why I have replication set up to aviod that.

But more of that on another blog post 🙂

Have a great weekend!!!

/Ruth

 

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “The best way to backup your Synology: Cloud Station ShareSync

  1. Hello, not sure if you can help but I have found that I am no longer able to backup from my Rackstation running 6.1???? to an old DiscStation running 4.2 – any way I can do a sync?

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