By Lily / Last update October 24, 2022

Should you backup NAS?

NAS is a storage device with great popularity now. Different from other devices, NAS allows you to share data by accessing its IP address. It is very useful for business and home users. If one person stores data on a NAS device, all the other individual users in the same LAN can use the data by accessing the IP address on their own computer, which can save a lot of time.

However, data on the NAS drive also faces the problem: data loss. There are many situations that can lead to data loss, such as virus attack, hard drive damage, unexpected deletion, etc. You know that the data shared should be important to the whole company or home. Once it is lost, you will get into big trouble. Thus, you should backup your data even when it stores on the NAS device. Then, what is the best way to backup NAS?

Where can you backup NAS?

There are many places you can choose to backup NAS to. You can:

  • Backup NAS to a local hard drive.
  • Backup NAS to an external hard drive.
  • Backup NAS to another NAS if you still want to share it.
  • ...

3 solutions to backup NAS in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

There are many ways you can use to backup NAS. You can use the Copy & Paste way to replicate the data to another device, or you can use the Windows backup tool to backup NAS to another place. Finding a third party application is still very helpful and here AOMEI Backupper software is highly recommended for these reasons:

  • Copy&Paste is simple but it has many limitations. For example, you need to select all the files manually, and it will take a long time.
  • Windows backup tool is more flexible than Copy&Paste. However, you need to be a member of administrators, and if you do not know much about Windows, you may get into big trouble.
  • AOMEI Backupper is a very powerful tool with a concise interface. You can use it alone even if you are a non-technician. Backing up NAS with this software just requires simple mouse-clicking. It should be the best way to backup NAS with AOMEI Backupper Standard.

The best way to backup NAS - free AOMEI Backupper

Using the best way to backup NAS drive can free you from worries. Here are the specific steps for backing up your NAS.

Tip: Before you do, you need to decide where you would like to backup your NAS. If you want to backup NAS to an external hard drive, you need to prepare one which is large enough to store the data and connect it to your computer.

Step 1. Free download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it. Click Backup, and select File Backup.

File Backup

Step 2. It will move to the File Backup window. Click Add File/Add Folder, and then click Share/NAS to reach the NAS device.

Add Folders Files

Share Nas

Step 3. You will get into the Select Share/NAS Device window, click Add Share or NAS Devices, and type the name of your NAS drive or its IP address (recommended).

Type Network Path

Step 4. When you connect to the NAS, click it and the folders on it will be listed on the right box. Select the one you want to backup, and click OK to continue.

Note: To backup files with a certain file extension automatically, you may upgrade to higher editions and make use of "Filter settings".

Step 5. After selecting the folder on the NAS drive, you need to select a place to store the backup. Here we choose the external hard drive we prepared before as the destination place, because backing up to an external hard drive has many advantages.

Backup NAS to External Hard Drive

Note: Before starting the backup, you can set up more for your backup by opening Options. You can also set up an automatic backup using Schedule Backup.

Step 6. After all the settings, click Start Backup to launch the progress.

See, it is so simple to backup your NAS. What is worth mentioning is that AOMEI Backupper Standard is totally free for home use. You can backup NAS in Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 without paying. It is indeed the best way to backup NAS. Besides, AOMEI Backupper provides you with more utilities, such as backup system, clone hard drive, sync two external hard drives and more.