By Delia / Last update December 13, 2021

Why backup QNAP NAS to external hard drive?

QNAP stands for “Quality Network Appliance Provider”, which aims to deliver comprehensive offerings of cutting edge network attached storage (NAS) and network video recorder (NVR) solutions. QNAP has different types of NAS devices in allusion to different purposes. For example, they have TS-451+ for Home & SOHO and TVS-EC1680U-SAS-RP for Enterprise. Lots of company administrators and some personal users would like to backup files to NAS or backup massive confidential data of company to NAS.

QNAP NAS, like other brands of NAS, are widely used among vast users. To backup QNAP to external hard drive actually is another layer protection for the data stored on NAS. However, QNAP NAS, as a storage device, is about to failing out of various reasons, such as hardware failure, virus intrusion, hacker attack, physical damage etc. Making QNAP NAS backup to external hard drive or USB drive could reduce the risk of losing crucial data. What’s more, create QNAP backup to external device is also a way to share or transfer files to others.

Backup QNAP NAS to an external hard drive with freeware

To backup QNAP NAS, you need to find reliable backup software that could make real backup image instead of cloning them for your NAS. AOMEI Backupper Standard is all-around Backup & Restore software that could help you backup NAS to external storage device. You can either backup some certain files in NAS, backup only one partition, or create QNAP full backup to external drive with the help of AOMEI Backupper. This software supports automatically incremental backup to external hard drive as well.

There are two paths to realize QNAP NAS backup. One is adding NAS location directly during the file backup process. The other one is mapping QNAP to your PC. You can type map network drive in Start search box to set. Then give a drive letter for the NAS drive, and navigate to the NAS location and the folder’s name. Finally, if everything done successfully, your router will show up as a letter drive below Network location as follow.

Network location

Backup NAS drive to external with AOMEI Backupper

Step 1. Connect external drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected by Windows. Download, install, and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click File Backup under Backup tab.

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Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder based on your needs. Then go This PC/Computer -> O drive -> Open -> OK, or go Share/NAS -> Add Network Location -> edit Display Name and Network Path -> OK.

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Step 3. Click to select the external hard drive as the destination path.

Step 4. Click Start Backup.


  • You can regularly backup NAS to external hard drive by checking Schedule box.

  • This software supports password encrypt backup image. Click Options to learn more.

The professional backup software AOMEI Backupper makes backing up QNAP NAS to external drive easier than you think. It is also a good alternative to Windows 7 Backup and Restore.  Another outstanding feature of this software is cloning. You can clone disk, clone system, even clone hard drive with bad sectors to other locations. Download it to experience more.

AOMEI Backupper Professional is the advanced edition of this freeware. You can use it to command line backup NAS to external hard drive if you are not get used to graphical user interface. Also, you can try AOMEI Centralized Backupper to backup multiple computers over network on one central management console, which makes batch processing tasks easier.