By Lily / Last update December 29, 2022

Necessity to backup NAS drive

NAS, the abbreviation of Network Attached Storage, is a file-level computer data storage server connected to a computer network which provides data access to a heterogeneous group of clients. People store and share data on NAS, and then all the users on the same network environment can access NAS to read the data, which is very convenient. 

As many people will get into the NAS to use the data, you had better backup the NAS drive in case of data loss caused by so many unexpected situations.


Where to backup files on NAS drive?

There are so many storage devices that you can choose to backup NAS drive to. For example, you can backup NAS drive to an external hard drive, or you can backup NAS drive to cloud like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. With the development of cloud storage services, more and more users would like to backup online instead of buying a real storage device. 

Then, how to backup NAS files to cloud? This is what this article will talk about next. Keep reading to learn details.

Best tool for NAS cloud backup

To backup files on NAS drive to cloud, you can try the way of copy or upload. However, copy and upload have so many limitations: you must open the NAS device and the cloud website at the same time, and the copy or upload speed is depending on the file size and the internet speed, which can be very slow.

Fortunately, there is some third party software that you can use to backup NAS drive to cloud drive. AOMEI Backupper is one of the best NAS cloud backup tools.

  • It offers multiple backup types, including system backup, disk/partition backup and file backup.
  • It allows you to create automatic backups using the Schedule Backup feature.
  • It supports various NAS devices (Synology, QNAP, TrueNAS, etc) and cloud services (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, hubiC, etc).

Take OneDrive as an example. Let’s see how to backup NAS to OneDrive with AOMEI Backupper as follows.

How to backup NAS to cloud in Windows 11/10/8/7

Before you do, you need to prepare something:

  • Download OneDrive desktop app and install it on your computer.
  • Download and install AOMEI Backupper.
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Then use the following steps to perform Synology backup to OneDrive. The steps are same if you are using other branded NAS devices.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper. To backup files on NAS drive to cloud, here you need to click Backup > File Backup.

File Backup

Step 2. Then, you need to add the folders or files you stored on the NAS drive to AOMEI Backupper as the source party.

  • Click Add Folder or Add File.

Add File Or Folder

  • In the next page, you should click Share/NAS

Select Share

  • Then, click Add Share or NAS Devices to add the network attached storage device. Type in the Display Name of your Synology NAS, or its IP address (recommended) to add the NAS device. If you encrypted it, you need to type in its Username and Password.

Type Network Path

  • Next, you can select the files/folders on the NAS drive you want to backup.

Select Nas Folder

🌟 Tip: If you are backing up a folder, you can set file filter settings here. This feature allows you to automatically backup files with a certain file extension to save backup time and disk space.

Filter Settings

Step 3. After selecting the source party, you need to choose the cloud drive (OneDrive) as the destination place.

  • Click the triangle icon at the right edge of the destination box, and then click Select a cloud drive.

Select A Cloud Drive

  • AOMEI Backupper will list all cloud drives installed on your PC. Select OneDrive, and click OK. Also, you can backup NAS files to Google Drive or Dropbox. It's your decision.


Step 4. Set up more for your backup based on your need. For instance, you can add a comment in Options, set up an automatic backup in Schedule Backup, or use the Backup Scheme function. After all backup settings, click Start Backup to execute the task.

Backup Nas Drive To Onedrive


Using AOMEI Backupper to backup NAS drive to cloud is such a simple thing. You do not need to open many websites and re-upload all data from your NAS to cloud. What's more, if you are doing the backup at night, you can set up shut down PC on backup completion to leave the computer to finish the backup process itself.

Besides the backup feature, you can also sync files to cloud drives using AOMEI Backupper. The Professional edition only works on Windows PC systems. If you are a Windows Server user, AOMEI Backupper Server is suitable for you. You can download this software to discover more useful features.