By Ivy / Last update January 13, 2022

What is Network Attached Storage (NAS)?

Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a file-level computer data storage server connected to network for you to store a large amount of data and access the shared files among multiple computers.

As networked appliances, NAS systems contain one or more hard drives, which often are used into some logical, redundant storage containers or RAID. NAS can serve files from other servers on the network. When accessing files, typically they adopt network file sharing protocols such as NFS, SMB/CIFS, or AFP.

Network Attached Storage Nas

Generally, the common NAS would be Synology DiskStation NAS, QNAP TS-251A NAS, WD My Cloud NAS, Buffalo LinkStation NAS, etc. Sometimes, you may want to backup NAS to NAS to store data. Today we will show you why backup to NAS and how to create a NAS to NAS Backup at the following content.

Why Backup NAS to NAS?

The below words show you the reasons why NAS becomes the best backup strategy especially in the small business as well as the home environment:

1. NAS owns the characteristics that in disk array: high capacity, high performance, and high reliability to provide data security safeguard.

2. Lower cost for NAS devices than a regular USB or external hard disk, especially when there is a large amount of data to store.

3. NAS allows more hard disk storage space to be added that already utilizes servers without shutting down for maintenance and upgrades.

4. NAS devices enable multiple computers to share the same storage space at once.

How to Create Automatic NAS to NAS Backup

Considering that you may have to backup a large amount of data from one NAS to another one, you have to follow the steps:

For backing up Synology NAS to another NAS, refer to the tutorial below. Sometimes, you would like to backup to QNAP NAS, try the best way to create QNAP NAS to NAS backup

1. You have to login Synology NAS and run Backup and Restore to get this job done.

2. Choose Backup tab, and then select Create -> Data backup task.

Backup And Restore Data Backup Task

3. Select Network Backup (Synology server) as the destination type, and click Next.

4. Input the credentials and choose a destination path, then click Next.

5. Then choose your files or folders to backup. Click Next.

6. Tick the Enable backup Schedule to backup these data at the specific time automatically. Click Next.

7. Click Apply after confirming the settings to Synology NAS to another one.

Besides, you could use Backup & Replication or Synology Hyper Backup to achieve this goal.

Best Way to Backup NAS to NAS Automatically

As the best free NAS backup software, AOMEI Backupper Standard could backup Synology or QNAP NAS to another one automatically with the Schedule option. With AOMEI Backupper Standard, you could backup data efficiently and it is easy to use, cheap, time-saving and energy-saving. Please download AOMEI Backupper Standard first and have it a go. Before the operation, confirm your network is available.

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How to do NAS to NAS backup? Just refer to the following guide: 

1. Execute this program after installation, select Backup -> File Backup.

File Backup

2. Click Add Folder or Add File button -> Share/NAS -> Add Netwrok Location, You need input the IP address(Network Path), username and password of the NAS, and choose the files and folders in Synology or QNAP NAS, and click OK.

Add Folders Files

Share Nas

Select Synology Or QNAP NAS User Password

★ Tip: You can turn on the Anonymous option to avoid inputting the username and password of your NAS if requred.

3. Click Select a network location to choose another Synology or QNAP NAS as destination to save the backup.

Select A Network Location

4. Tick Schedule to run this backup task automatically via Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, or USB plug in mode.

Schedule Settings

★ Tips:
✿ The last two features in Schedule: Event triggers, and USB plug in are advanced features, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional or higher to enjoy.
✿ Options: you could modify the backup image, like compress, split, comment the backup image, even get email alert via enable email notification, etc.
✿ Scheme has the ability to delete old backup images while the backups over the retain number that you specified.

5. Press Start Backup>> to create NAS to NAS backup automatically.


Besides, you could backup NAS to cloud drive, like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. And backup computer to NAS as you want. To protect your operating system in the event of system failure, System Backup or System Clone will do you a big favor.

As the Synology backup software, AOMEI Backupper Standard provides you another way to do NAS to NAS backup: Basic Sync, it's quite simple as the file backup. Moreover, if you would like to backup the files and folders if they changed or be modified as soon as possible, please try real time sync (premium feature).

In the End

It’s easy to create NAS to NAS backup for AOMEI Backupper Standard, and it’s free. Then you could manage your files and folders as you want in NAS. If you lost your data, you could restore it from Synology or QNAP NAS easily. For IT technicians, try AOMEI Backupper Server or Technician Plus edition.