By Lily / Last update July 16, 2021

Sync folders to NAS vs. backup folders to NAS

NAS, the abbreviation of network attached storage, is used for sharing and backing up data. It is convenient for users, because people can get the data on NAS by accessing it through network. Thus, more and more people sync data to NAS, or backup to NAS.

Compared with “backup folders to NAS”, “sync folders to NAS” seems more popular. They have the same features:

1. The folders are backed up.

2. The files/folders can be accessible from any computer in the same network.

However, they are different from each other in the following aspects:

1. There is an image file generated after backup while there is no image file after sync.

2. You should restore from the image file before you can read the backed up files while you can read synced files directly in the destination location.

Syncing folders to NAS makes it easier to share files within a company or transfer files from PC to PC over network. Then, what’s the best free file sync software to help you?

Best freeware to sync folders with NAS

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free backup software for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, enables you to sync folders to NAS without efforts.

  • With the Sync feature, you can sync local folders to a different drive on your PC, an external hard drive, NAS, or cloud drives, and vice versa.

  • You can set automatic sync to sync changed files from the source location to the destination location at fixed intervals using the Schedule feature.

  • Nearly all common NAS devices are supported by AOMEI Backupper, including Synology, QNAP, Asustor, and WD My Cloud, etc.

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How to auto sync folders to NAS step by step?

Step 1. Install and launch free AOMEI Backupper. It will show you the main interface. Click Sync and select Basic Sync.

File Sync

Step 2. Click Add Folder to select the folder(s) you want to sync.

Add Folder

Step 3. Click the inverted triangle icon at the second bar > Select a network location > Add Share or NAS Devices > input the IP address of the NAS drive (Network Path) and click OK to select the NAS.

Add Network Location

Step 4. Click the IP address, and all the shared folders will be listed in the box. Select one folder as the destination folder and click OK.

Select Destination

Step 5. To automatically sync folders to NAS, here you need to click Schedule in the bottom. Then, you will get into the window where you can set the task to run daily, weekly, or monthly. If you want to sync folders based on event triggers, or USB plug in, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Schedule Settings General

Step 6. After setting up a schedule, click Start Sync > Add the schedule and start sync now to launch the progress.


You have got all the steps to automatically sync folders to NAS. It is very simple and easy to operate due to the intuitive interface of AOMEI Backupper. Besides the sync feature, AOMEI Backupper owns the backup, restore, and clone features. You can use it to do incremental or differential backup. You can also use it as Dell hard drive cloning software. Try it now to discover more!