How do I backup my computer to a NAS?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

To backup your computer to a NAS (Network Attached Storage), you can use the Synology Drive Client, which provides a user-friendly interface to manage your backups. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

1. Run the Synology Drive Client on your computer: Start by opening the Synology Drive Client application on your computer. If you don’t have it installed, you can download it from the Synology website or your NAS’s software center.

2. Connect to your Synology NAS: Once the Drive Client is running, you need to connect to your Synology NAS running Synology Drive Server. You can do this by entering either the domain name, QuickConnect ID, or IP address of your NAS. Synology supports both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.

3. Enter the username and password: After you’ve entered the connection details, you’ll be prompted to enter your username and password. Make sure to enter the correct credentials associated with your NAS user account.

4. Select Backup Task: Once you’re successfully logged in, you’ll be presented with the Drive Client interface. On the left-hand side, you’ll find a menu with various options. Select the “Backup Task” option.

5. Choose backup source and destination: In the Backup Task menu, you’ll be able to specify the source folders or files that you want to back up from your computer. You can select specific folders or even your entire system drive. Next, choose the destination folder on your NAS where you want to store the backup.

6. Configure backup settings: After selecting the source and destination folders, you’ll have the option to configure additional backup settings. This includes options like scheduling the backup at specific times, setting up incremental backups, and managing versioning.

7. Start the backup: Once you’ve configured all the necessary settings, you can start the backup process by clicking the “Start” or “Backup” button. The Drive Client will now begin transferring your selected files or folders to the designated backup destination on your NAS.

8. Monitor and manage backups: Throughout the backup process, you can monitor the progress and status of your backups through the Drive Client interface. You can also pause, resume, or cancel backups as needed.

By following these steps, you’ll be able to backup your computer to a Synology NAS using the Synology Drive Client. It’s a reliable and efficient solution that ensures your data is safely stored on your NAS, providing an extra layer of protection against data loss.