Why need a Seagate NAS backup software?
Seagate is a data storage company which has produced many popular products like hard drives and NAS. In previous articles, we’ve introduced how to clone Seagate disk. Now let's talk about Seagate NAS backup.
NAS, short for Network Attached Storage, is a perfect backup destination for family or company. Any network connected client computer can store important data here and access NAS files easily.
However, according to the 3-2-1 backup strategy, NAS should not be the only measure of your data protection. Instead, it’s better to keep at least 3 copies of your data, 2 for different storage devices, and 1 for offsite.
Offsite here refers to remote locations like cloud drive or NAS. That is to say, in addition to backup local files to Seagate NAS, it’s also recommended to backup files in NAS to other devices like external hard drive or USB, because the data stored in Seagate NAS is not absolutely safe, either. And a qualified NAS backup software should be able to meet both of the requirements.
What NAS backup solutions does Seagate offer?
You probably know some integrated Seagate NAS backup software, like Seagate BlackArmor Backup, which can back up the operating system, selected files and folders, partitions, or even the entire disk drive. It’s quite versatile with the ability to do sector-by-sector backup, schedule backup, full/incremental/differential backup, etc.
Unfortunately, BlackArmor Backup only supports storing image on Seagate BlackArmor Network Attached Storage (NAS), Direct Attached Storage (DAS) devices and Maxtor DAS, and only works in Windows XP or Windows Vista.
And for Seagate Business Storage featuring Seagate NAS OS, you could use the app-based Backup Manager, which supports Windows 10/8/7, Windows Server 2012/2008 R2/2008, Mac OS 10.6 and later, Linux 2.6 and later. It can backup Seagate storage device to external storage, network storage (Seagate or third-party), cloud storage, and vice versa, which meets the basic requirements of Seagate NAS backup.
Also, if you are using a Seagate or Maxtor hard drive, you could also use Seagate DiscWizard to store backups on NAS just like on an internal drive.
As you can see, these integrated NAS backup solutions are all subject to a variety of usage restrictions. If you want to perform data backup more flexibly, another powerful Seagate NAS backup freeware - AOMEI Backupper Standard comes in handy.
How to backup Seagate NAS with best free software?
AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free yet complete backup software. It comes with rich functionality and high compatibility. Here are some of its advantages:
◆ It’s available in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista and supports File/Partition/System/Disk Backup.
◆ Not only Seagate NAS or hard drives, other brands of NAS, cloud drives, internal/external disks, USB, etc. are also supported as the backup source or destination. For example, you could backup Windows 10 to Synology NAS, or backup QNAP NAS to external hard drive.
◆ In addition to image backup and restore, you can also use this software to perform file sync or disk clone.
To use AOMEI Backupper for Seagate NAS backup, there are some preparations need to be done:
Now I'll back up Seagate NAS to an external hard drive as example.
Step 1. Launch the software, go to Backup tab and choose File Backup.
Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder to specify what you want to backup. When the Open window pops out, select Share/NAS.
Click Add Network Location to enter the path of your Seagate NAS and hit OK. Then select the files you want to backup.
Step 3. Now select the connected external hard drive as the destination to save the Seagate NAS backup image.
Step 4. Manage settings in Options, Schedule, Scheme as you like, then click Start Backup and wait for it to complete.
If you want to backup files from your PC or other locations to Seagate NAS, just select the source directory and target directory accordingly.
To backup data to/from Seagate and other NAS, a NAS backup software like AOMEI Backupper would be the simplest solution. Unlike those integrated backup utilities of Seagate NAS or hard drive, AOMEI Backupper doesn’t have that many restrictions on supported system or hardware.
What’s more, it can also be an effective alternative to DiscWizard with its disk cloning features. You can use it to migrate HDD to SSD, or clone larger drive to smaller drive. It doesn’t matter even if you are Windows Server user, because there’s a Server edition as well.