How to Free Backup Windows 7/8/10 Data to Synology NAS

Synology Data Replicator has reached the end of its lifespan. What if you want to backup data on Windows 7/8/10/11 to Synology NAS? See this article and find your alternative way.


By Ivy / Updated on October 19, 2022

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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 7/8/10/11 to Synology NAS, you need to find the alternative to Synology and learn how to use it.

Alternative to Synology Data Replicator in Windows

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

Method 1: Use 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 local users and give them the priority of the shared folder you made before. At last, enable Windows built-in tool and use it to backup data on Windows 7/8/10/11 to your Synology NAS.

Method 2: Use third-party file backup software

AOMEI Backupper is a great file backup software for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11/XP/Vista, 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 to Synology via DiskStation Manager and 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 8/10/11, you can use File History. But if you want an easier way, you can directly go to the next part. Then, Let's have a closer at how DiskStation Manager and built-in tool works.

Create a shared folder on Synology NAS for preparation 

The 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

Create DSM local user for preparation

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.

Backup Windows 7 data to Synology 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

Backup Windows 8/10 data to Synology 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.

Backup data to Synology NAS with AOMEI Backupper Standard

Want an easier way, you can turn to a third-party backup software. And here, I strongly recommend you AOMEI Backupper Standard. It has a wizard-like interface, which can guide you to backup data on Windows 11/10/8/7 to Synology NAS easily and quickly. Also, if you want to backup PC to Synology NAS, it will still work. Let's see the steps specifically.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and run it. Then, click Backup > File Backup subsequently.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

File Backup

Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder to select the data you want to backup to Synology.

Add Folders Files

Step 3. Click the inverted triangleSelect a network location > Add Network Location, then fill in the required information.

Select Destination

Step 4. Back to the main page, click Schedule and OK to enable daily incremental backup. It's the default backup settings in this software. Then, click Start Backup button to finish.

Schedule Settings

• Incremental backup requires all backups to be intact, otherwise subsequent backups will be invalid and the restore operation will fail. To ensure the most backups are valid, you could consider using daily differential backup (supported by the professional version).
• If you think the backup interval is too short, you can change it to weekly or monthly, depending on how often you may change files.
• If you want to manage backup disk space and delete file backup regularly, backup scheme on the paid version can do you a big favor.
• With a backup in hand, you can restore your files when something unexpected happens like hard drive failure, virus attack, etc.


With the help of the alternative to Synology Data Replicator, you can backup data on Windows 7/8/10/11 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.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.