As a storage device, Network-attached storage (or NAS) has successfully combined local and cloud drives. Plugging into an Ethernet port on your router, switch or computer, NAS works well to enlarge your storage space and share data across devices over a network.
NAS devices can also be configured to support RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks), which act as a failover in case one of the hard drives fails. For these reasons, backing up PC to NAS is accepted widely by users.
Reasons to perform a NAS disaster recovery
However, NAS devices don’t have an equivalent to Recycle Bin. If you accidently delete something on a NAS, there’s usually no built-in recovery feature. Additionally, unexpected data loss from hardware failure, virus attack, natural disaster or other unknown reasons may occur to NAS users without warning.
Although the importance of backing up NAS drive has been repeatedly emphasized, many users ignore it for various reasons. But don’t worry, even if you didn’t prepare a backup, there’s still a chance to do a NAS data recovery.
How to recover data from NAS in simple steps?
When it comes to NAS disaster recovery, Recoverit Pro deserves to be your intimate small assistant. This is a professional NAS recovery tool that owns the ability to retrieve data from all data loss scenarios. Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP is supported.
The user interface has a simple but comprehensive design, which makes this program easy to operate. Now, you can follow the steps below to recover data from NAS drive.
Tips: Before you start, you should first power off the NAS device. Then disassemble the NAS to remove NAS drive(s) from it. Note the sequence in which they are aligned in the rack.
Step 1. Connect the NAS drive to your computer via a USB to SATA adapter. Install and launch Recoverit Pro to select External Devices Recovery to start.
Step 2. Select the NAS drive and then click Start to continue.
Step 3. This program will scan your drive quickly. If the quick scan can't get your lost data, turn to All-Around Recovery to start a deep scan.
Step 4. Simply select the data you need and then click Recover to run a disaster recovery for NAS.
Tips: “File modified date” serves you well to filter data.
It takes some time to recover your data from NAS drive, especially if you enable a deep scan. Some special data cannot be restored, since they have been severely damaged. In fact, recovering data from backups saves you more time than recovering data with data recovery software. With a backup in hand, you no longer have to worry about some data being unrecoverable.
Draw the lesson – do regular backups with the freeware
Now you understand how important backups are. How to backup your NAS devices? Here I have to mention a free backup utility – AOMEI Backupper Standard. This freeware is created to backup systems/disks/partitions/files to internal/external hard drives, cloud drives, NAS devices and networks, etc.
With its Schedule feature, you can set your backup tasks to run automatically. To save disk space, you are allowed to enable an incremental or differential backup. Optional compression and splitting settings support further reducing disk storage.
Its interface may be retro, but the layout and workflow are intuitive. Download this freeware here! It works for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP currently. Then follow the instructions below to backup your NAS drive.
Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper on a computer which is under the same LAN as the NAS device.
Step 2. Click Backup and File Backup subsquently.
Step 3. Click Add Folder in Step 1 to choose Browse. Then click Share/NAS.
Step 4. Click Add Share or NAS device to input the IP address, username and password of the NAS device. Then click OK to continue.
Step 5. Simply select the folders you want to backup and then click OK.
Step 6. Click Step 2 to select a destination path (F:\) to save your image file. Then click Start Backup.
Backup Options: you can comment, compress or split the backup image here.
Schedule: you can configure an automatic backup to run daily, weekly or monthly. To enjoy Event triggers, USB plug in or Real-time Sync modes, you need to do an edition upgrade.
Scheme: it is able to delete old image files automatically. This feature is in Pro edition.
The next time disasters happen, you can run a file restore by going Home > the file backup task > Restore.
In this article, the operation steps of a NAS disaster recovery are introduced in detail. Things get easier and safer if your NAS devices have backed up in advance. So after retrieving your data, don’t forget to backup them with AOMEI Backupper Standard. More pleasing, this freeware also provides many flexible backup solutions, for instance, Synology replication between two NAS.