By Lily / Last update March 17, 2022

What is Synology NAS used for?

Synology NAS enjoys great popularity among computer users. For home users, Synology NAS makes it easy for them to access various files by multiple users. It also helps to safeguard their data from Windows, macOS, Linux, and mobile devices.

For enterprise users, Synology NAS provides strong business data protection and seamless file sharing and syncing across various platforms. Users can create, edit, and sync documents, spreadsheets and slides with real-time communication.

If you want to backup your PC folders to Synology NAS or share local folders with family or colleagues through Synology NAS, read on to get the how-to guide.

Synology NAS

How to sync PC with Synology NAS step by step?

Here I’m going to show you how to have Synology sync folders with PC via two efficient ways. Method 1 applies to Synology NAS only while Method 2 applies to different NAS including Synology, QNAP, and WD My Cloud, etc.

Method 1. Synology sync local folders via Synology Drive

Synology used to provide an application called Cloud Station Drive to help users sync files between Synology NAS and computer over the Internet. But now Cloud Station Server will be succeeded by a new application, Synology Drive Server, which covers all of the original key functionalities. It enables you to sync files, view history versions, and get share links.

This article will show you how to use Synology Drive Server for file synchronization. If you still want to use Cloud Station, however, there is a very detailed official tutorial for your reference.

▶ To use Synology Drive, you need to do some preparations:

  1. Install the Synology Drive Server package on the NAS from the Package Center app.

Package Center

  1. For each NAS user who wants to store files and access their home directories on Synology Drive, you must enable the user home service on the Synology NAS. To enable the user home service, navigate to Control Panel -> User & Group.

User & Group

▶ To perform Synology sync local folders:

  1. Once Synology Drive Server is installed on the NAS and user home service is enabled, you can access Synology Drive from your favorite web browser. Click on the Synology Drive app from the DSM web interface. Synology Drive web app should be opened in a new browser tab.

Synology Drive

  1. Then log in to your Synology Drive web application and click on Client -> Download client from the user menu. Then download the Synology Drive Client installer according to the prompt.

Download Client

  1. After the installation is complete, open Synology Drive Client and click Start Now.

Start Now

  1. Type in Synology NASUsername and Password. To use SSL encryption, make sure to check the Enable SSL data transmission encryption. Once you’re done, click on Next.

Connect to Your Synology NAS

  1. Then, Synology Drive Client will ask you whether you want to set up a Sync Task or a Backup Task. We choose Sync Task to sync local folder with Synology NAS.

Sync Task

  1. Then you can set up your sync folders. By default, the /home/Drive folder of your Synology Drive will be synced with the folder C:\Users\\SynologyDrive of your computer. To change the sync folder of the Synology Drive, click on the Change button. You can also change the folder on your computer that will be synced with your Synology Drive folder.

Set Up Your Sync Folders

  1. After selecting the folder to be synchronized, you can check or uncheck the Enable On-demand Sync to save disk space on your computer checkbox to enable or disable on-demand sync. Next, you can click on Advanced in the lower left corner of this program to configure advanced sync settings.

Advanced

Tip: There are 3 tabs provided: Folder, File FilterSync Mode. You can customize the sync settings according to your needs.

Sync Mode

  1. Once you’re done configuring the Sync Task, click on Done to begin Synology sync local folder to NAS.

Method 2. Synology sync local folders using a handy freeware

As you can see, Synology Drive only allows you to sync one folder at a time. How to sync multiple PC folders with Synology NAS at the same time? The best free file sync software - AOMEI Backupper Standard can help you.

  • It enables you to sync files between various sources and destinations, such as sync PC to PC, sync two external hard drives, and sync local folders to NAS or cloud drives, etc.

  • It allows you to perform file sync on a schedule. For frequently changed data, you can choose the “Daily” mode. For less frequently changed data, there are the “Weekly” and “Monthly” modes.

  • It supports all Windows PC operating systems (Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, 32 bit and 64 bit).

Follow the instructions below to sync local folders to Synology NAS via AOMEI Backupper:

Step 1. Download and install AOMEI Backupper on your computer. Run AOMEI Backupper, click Sync and select Basic Sync.

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Basic Sync

Tips: To enjoy more advanced sync modes – Mirror SyncReal-Time Sync and Two-Way Sync, you may upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional with a discount.

Step 2. Edit the task name based on your needs. Click Add Folder to select the folder(s) you want to sync to Synology NAS. After adding a folder you want to sync to Synology NAS, you can click the "+" button above the first box to add a second or more folders. 

Add Folder

Step 3. Expand the drop-down menu of the second bar and choose Select a network location.

Select a Network Location

Step 4. In the pop-up window, click Add Share or NAS Devices from the lower-left corner. Then, type the IP address of the Synology NAS and click OK. Type username and password if it is needed.

Type Network Path

Step 5. Choose one folder on your Synology NAS to store the synced data and click OK.

Select Destination Folder

Step 6. Confirm the operation and click Start Sync to begin.

Start Sync

✍ Notes:

  • You can configure more sync settings from Options and set up automatic sync from Schedule.

  • If you have created sync tasks with different NAS devices, you can go to Tools > Share/NAS Management to manage your NAS.

Share/NAS Management

Verdict

Both Synology Drive Client and free AOMEI Backupper can help to sync local folders with Synology NAS.However, Synology Drive does not support syncing multiple folders from PC to NAS, while AOMEI Backupper does. What’s more, AOMEI Backupper supports all kinds of NAS brands.

If you want to copy data from one hard drive to another, AOMEI Backupper also offers the Disk Clone feature. Try it now to discover more!