NAS is the acronym for Network Attached Storage. NAS devices are mainly used as file servers by business users, and there are more and more users using Network Attached Storage for backup. Backing up to a NAS device can save users' local storage as well as provide more robust reliability and security for the backed up data. To back up your important data to a NAS, professional backup to NAS software is needed.
Best free backup to NAS software - AOMEI Backupper
AOMEI Backupper, the best free backup software for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, can help you with NAS backup. It offers you four backup types: System/Disk/Partition/File Backup. You are allowed to back up to local disks, external hard drives, USB flash drives, and network location. If you want to back up to cloud, the File Backup and File Sync features are applicable. Follow the guidance below to backup files to NAS or cloud clients. You can also learn how to backup files from NAS here.
Share/NAS Management in AOMEI Backupper
Through the tool "Share/NAS Management", you can add NAS to the storage list in advance. You can view, edit, or manage the NAS, and you can also directly select the NAS as the destination path when creating a task.
Then, before you start any operation, download AOMEI Backupper Standard and install it on your computer. Then, learn the "Share/NAS management" tool and backup files later.
Click the "Tools" button in the left tab, then select the "Share/NAS Management" tool under "Common Tools".
Add Share or NAS Devices
Click the "Add Share or NAS Devices" button in the lower-left corner of the page and enter the "Display Name" of the NAS (optional). Enter the IP address of the network location in the "Network Path", and you can use "Anonymous" login. Or, you can disable "Anonymous" and enter the NAS username and password. After the NAS is configured, please click "OK" to save it.
Manage Share/NAS Devices
Move the mouse to the NAS, and the menu button and refresh button will appear on the right. Click the “Menu” button to pop up the drop-down list.
1. Edit NAS
Click the "Edit" button in the drop-down list to display the "Edit Storage Path" page, where you can edit the display name, username, and password.
2. Delete NAS
Click the "Delete" button in the drop-down list to directly delete the NAS path from the list.
3. Space Management
Click the "Space Management" button in the drop-down list to display the "Space Management" page. You can set an alert when space is below a certain value, that is, the NAS management page and the NAS selection page prompt that there is insufficient space.
4. Locate Path
Click the "Locate Path" button in the drop-down list to directly open the shared path.
5. Add Subdirectory
Click the "Add Subdirectory" button in the drop-down list to display the "Add Subdirectory" page. You can fill in the subdirectory after the original path to add a new subdirectory as the storage path without filling in the permissions again.
Back up to NAS
1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, then click Backup and select File Backup. You can also back up the system, partitions and even whole disks to a NAS device by choosing other backup types.
2. Name the task so that you can distinguish it from other backup tasks. Click Add File or Add Folder to select the files/folders you want to backup.
3. Click the second column and choose Share/NAS in the pop-up window to add the destination path. Or you can expand the drop-down menu of the second column and click Select a network location.
You can also map the NAS/Share(network drive) as a local drive in Windows and choose the mapped drive as the destination location.
4. Click Add Network Location button in the lower-left corner and enter the IP address of your NAS. Meanwhile, you can name your NAS device.
5. After the NAS device has been added, all the folders under this NAS device will be listed. Choose one folder as the destination path, and then click OK.
6. Confirm the operation and click Start Backup to backup files to NAS.
AOMEI Backupper supports NAS devices using the SMB protocol only.
If you want to run automatic backup to NAS, you may use the “Schedule” feature.
Backup from NAS
1. Click Backup on the left pane and select File Backup.
2. Click Add File or Add Folder. In the pop-up window, click Share/NAS.
3. Repeat Step 5 and Step 6 above to select the files or folders you want to backup from the NAS device.
4. Click the second column to specify a destination path.
5. Confirm the operation and click Start Backup to backup files from NAS.
Only the File Backup and File Sync options will allow you to select the NAS as the source.
For the real-time sync task, specifying the NAS as the source is not supported.
Back up to Cloud Clients
Cloud drives (Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, etc) are becoming more and more popular choices for online personal storage. Luckily, AOMEI Backupper can back up and sync files or folders to cloud clients as long as your PC has installed the desktop applications of the cloud drives. Follow the steps below to backup files to cloud:
1. Click Backup and select File Backup.
2. Click Add File or Add Folder to select the files/folders you want to backup.
3. Expand the drop-down menu of the second column and click Select a cloud drive.
4. AOMEI Backupper will detect the cloud drives of which you have installed the desktop applications automatically. Choose one cloud drive as the backup destination and click OK.
5. Confirm the operation and click Start Backup to backup files to the cloud.
Before backing up to the cloud, you need to install the desktop app for the required cloud drive on your PC.
AOMEI Backupper currently only supports the following cloud clients: Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, SugarSync, hubiC and Cloudme.
Only a File Backup or File Sync task supports selecting a cloud drive as the destination location.