Why to backup Windows 10 to NAS?

Nowadays, more and more users realize the importance of backup. They backup the operating system, user folder or the whole PC to prevent unexpected data loss. As for the backup destination, many users choose to backup to external hard drives so that the backup file won’t be affected by computer errors.

Apart from external drives, NAS (Network Attached Storage) has gained popularity among computer users. You may backup Windows 10 to NAS for following reasons:

  • No juggling with removable drives. As long as you’re on your network, you’re connected to your NAS device.

  • Centralized backups. You can save all your data backups and manage them on one NAS device. Some NAS devices have several drive bays which enable you to enlarge the storage space as per your need.

  • Data security. An NAS device is placed at home and won’t be carried around. Therefore, you won’t lose your backups due to losing the backup drive.

Since backing up Windows to NAS is advantageous, how to perform it exactly? Please read on.

Set up your NAS device before Windows backup

To perform Windows 10 backup to NAS, the first thing you should do is to choose a reliable NAS device and set it up. Synology NAS is favored by a lot of users. I’ll show you how to set up Synology NAS step by step:

1. Add drives and connect cables to your Synology NAS referring to the Hardware Installation Guide for your model.

2. Power on your Synology NAS. Open a web browser on a computer connected to the same network as the NAS.

3. Go to find.synology.com. Web Assistant will find your Synology NAS within the local network.

4. Click Connect to start the setup process and follow the onscreen instructions to install DSM (DiskStation Manager).

Connect

5. After DSM is installed, you’ll be prompted to take a look at the DSM interface. You’ll see three frequently used apps at the “desktop”: Package Center, Control Panel, and File Station. To logout, you can click the person-shaped icon at the top right.

DSM Desktop

6. Go to This PC > Network, and you can see your NAS device there.

Two ways to backup Windows 10 to Synology NAS

To backup Windows 10 to Synology NAS, there are two efficient ways for your reference:

Method 1: Backup Windows 10 to NAS with a free backup utility

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free backup software, can help you with all kinds of backups in Windows, such as system backup, disk backup, partition backup and file backup. And it supports various backup destination—you can backup to local disks, external hard drives, network location or NAS devices. You are also allowed to run auto backup with the Schedule feature. Follow the steps below to backup Windows 10 to Synology NAS via AOMEI Backupper:

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Click “Backup” and select “System Backup”.

System Backup

Step 2. The required system partition(s) is (are) selected by default. Click the inverted triangle at the right edge of the second column and choose “Select a network location”.

Select a Network Location

Step 3. In the Network Location Management window, click “Add Network Location”, type the IP address of the Synology NAS and click “OK”. Type username and password if it prompts.

Type Network Path

Step 4. After the IP address has been added, all network-shared folders under it will be listed. Choose one folder on the NAS as the destination path to store the backup image and click “OK”.

Select Destination

Step 5. Confirm the operation and click “Start Backup”.

Start Backup to NAS

>> Options: you can enable email notification, choose the compression level for the backup image file and select intelligent sector backup or sector-by-sector backup.
>> Scheme: it will delete old image files automatically to save disk space for you. You need to upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy this feature.

Method 2: Backup Windows 10 to NAS via Windows built-in tool

Windows 10 has inherited the Backup and Restore tool from Windows 7. Follow the guidance below to run Windows 10 backup to Synology NAS using Backup and Restore (Windows 7):

1. Tap the Search button on the taskbar and type “backup” in the search box. Select Backup and Restore (Windows 7) from the search results.

2. Click Set up backup.

Set up backup

3. Click Save on a network.

4. Type the IP address of the Synology NAS and click Browse to select a folder as the destination path. Type username and password and click OK.

Choose a Network Location

5. Select the newly-added network location and click Next.

6. Select Let Windows choose (recommended) so that Windows will select the files to be backed up for you. Click Next to continue.

7. Click Save settings and run backup to run your first backup.

Run Backup

Tips: The default schedule is “Every Sunday at 7:00 PM”. You can change it by clicking “Change schedule” at Step 7.

Summary

Both AOMEI Backupper and Backup and Restore (Windows 7) can help you backup Windows 10 to NAS like Synology, QNAP, etc. However, AOMEI Backupper offers you more advanced features with flexible options. It enables you to compress or split the backup image, let alone it owns the clone feature. You can use AOMEI Backupper to clone NTFS drive, clone HDD to SSD, etc. Why not try it now?