By Ivy / Last Updated February 4, 2020

Synology Data Replicator's lifespan has come to an end

People used to backup data using Synology Data Replicator with three backup modes: Immediate, Sync, and Scheduled. However, Synology Data Replicator has reached the end of its lifespan in 2013. Since 2013, Synology Data Replicator has not been updated again and its download links have been removed from the utility page for newer products in Download Center.

Thus, if you want to backup data on Windows 7/8/10 to Synology NAS, you need to find the alternative to Synology and learn how to use it.

Alternative to Synology Data Replicator in Windows 7/8/10

Here're two alternatives you can use to backup data on your computer to Synology NAS.

Backup via DiskStation Manager and Windows built-in tool

Synology DiskStation Manager(DSM) is an intuitive web-based operating system for every Synology NAS. It integrates the basic functions of file sharing, centralized backup, RAID storage, multimedia streaming, virtual storage.

To backup data using DiskStation Manager and Windows built-in tool, you need to create a shared folder on your Synology NAS for storing Windows backup. Then, you need to configure a local user and give it a priority to the shared folder you made before. At last, enable Windows built-in tool and use it to backup data on Windows 7/8/10 to your Synology NAS.

Backup via file backup software

AOMEI Backupper is a great file backup software for Windows, which allows you to backup data on your computer to NAS like Synology, cloud storage device like Dropbox, Google Drive, external hard drive, etc.

To backup data using AOMEI Backkupper, you just need to select the files you want to backup and pitch on Synology as your destination path, then click Start Backup.

Backup via DiskStation Manager and Windows built-in tool

The first way is to backup data via DiskStation Manager and Windows built-in tool. In Windows 7, you can use Backup and Restore. In Windows 8/10, you can use File History.

Make preparations:

1. Create a shared folder on Synology NAS

Shared folders are the basic directories where you can store and manage files and folders on your Synology NAS. Before storing any files, you'll need to create at least one shared folder in DSM.

Step 1: Open the Control Panel on your Synology web interface and navigate to File Sharing > Shared Folder, then click Create button to create a new one.


Step 2: Specify a name and description of your new shared folder

Name and Description

Step 3: Select a storage for your shared folder and tick other options, then click OK

Storage for Your Shared Folder

2. Create DSM local user

Step 1: Go to Control Panel, then click User to summon the next window

Control Panel User

Step 2: Click the drop-down menu of Create button and select Create User, then you will see User Creation Wizard.


Step 3: Specify options on the user information page, including Name, Description, Email, Send a notification mail to the newly created user, disallow the user to change account password.

Step 4: Go to Group > Create > Group Creation Wizard page and Specify a group for your newly created user.

Step 5: Specify access privileges for your new user on the Assign shared folders permissions page, including No access > Read/Write > Read only

Step 6: Specify a storage space for your newly created user on the User quota setting page

Step 7: Specify which services your newly created user can access the Assign application permissions page

Step 8: Specify a speed limit for different services on the Group Speed Limit Setting page

Step 9: Click Apply after you confirm all settings.

To backup data on Windows 7 using Backup and Restore

Step 1: Click Start menu and type Backup and Restore in the search box, then select it from the start menu list

Step 2: Select Set up backup or Change setting on the backup and restore page

Step 3: Select Save on a network button and click Next, then type the IP address of your Synology NAS and select the shared folder you created to save your file backup. At last, click OK to finish this step.

Save on a Network

To backup data on Windows 8/10 using File History

Step 1: Click Start Menu and type File History in the search box, then select File History settings

Step 2: Go to Backup button and pitch on+button to add a drive, then select a drive or network location (eg: Synology NAS)

Add Synology NAS

Step 3: Click More options to configure other settings. After that, click Back up now.

How to backup data on Windows 7/8/10 to Synology NAS?

Want an easier way, you can turn to a third-party backup software. And here, I strongly recommend you AOMEI Backupper Professional. It has a wizard-like interface, which can guide you to backup data on Windows 10/8/7 to Synology NAS. Also, if you want to backup PC to Synology NAS, AOMEI Backkupper Professional still can help you.

Detailed steps to backup data on Windows:

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it.

Step 2: Click Backup > File Backup subsequently.

File Backup

Step 3: Click Add File or Add Folder to mount the data you want to backup to Synology.

Add Folder

Step 4: Click drop-down menu at the right side and pitch on Select a network location option, then click Add Network Location and input the needed information. At last, click OK to finish this step.

Select Destination

Step 5: Back to the main page and click Start Backup button to finish.

After you have a backup of your files, you can restore your files when something unexpected happens like hard drive failure, virus attack, etc.


1. If you want to automatically backup files to Synology, you can click Schedule and select a Schedule settings from the drop-down menu.

Schedule Settings

2. If you want to manage backup disk space, you can click Scheme and choose an option you like.


With the help of the alternative to Synology Data Replicator, you can backup data on Windows 7/8/10 to Synology NAS. And the simplest way is to backup using file backup software AOMEI Backupper. With it, you can backup to various storage device, including NAS, cloud storage device, external hard drive, etc. And you can enjoy more features during the process, including Daily Backup, Weekly Backup, Event-trigger backup, etc.