Can I backup Synology NAS to WD My Cloud?
“I just received a NAS (Synology) last week with the hopes of using it as my main photography archive, I want to back this archive up to a Western Digital My Cloud that is connected to the same network. Is there an easy way to backup Synology to WD My Cloud directly? I appreciate every advice, thanks in advance!”
About Synology NAS and WD My Cloud
NAS stands for Network Attached Storage, which is a file-level computer data storage server that enables users to collaborate and share data. A NAS drive is smarter than a regular hard drive, as it connects directly to your router, hence even if your computer/network is switched off, you’ll still be able to access your files like photos, music, documents, etc.
Synology is one of the most famous manufacturers that specializes in Network-attached storage (NAS) appliances for many years. Nowadays, Synology NAS devices have gained massive users around the world mainly because these high-quality devices are super-easy to use and set up.
Western Digital is one of the two giants for storage, which offers reliable drives for any NAS. The My Cloud is a line of personal Network-Attached Storage devices and multi-purpose servers designed and marketed by Western Digital Corporation.
Why backup Synology NAS to WD My Cloud?
Sometimes, you may use Synology NAS and WD My Cloud at the same time. For the two main reasons below, you may need to backup Synology NAS and WD My Cloud:
To create a backup: The data in NAS is still facing the risk of loss due to a sudden hardware failure, natural disaster, accidental deletion, or other unknown reasons. Therefore, you may need to backup your NAS to another NAS directly for creating a copy.
To free up some space: If you use Synology NAS and WD My Cloud at the same time, you may need to backup Synology NAS to WD My Cloud when Synology NAS does not have enough space but WD My Cloud still has a lot of space.
How to backup Synology NAS to WD My Cloud?
As you may know, NAS Drive can be mapped as a network drive in Windows. So, you can use Windows built-in tool to backup this network drive as you back up a local hard drive. You can also rely on a third-party tool to backup Synology NAS to WD My Cloud directly without mapping network drive. Please read on to learn the methods with detailed steps.
Way 1. Use Windows built-in tool – Backup and Restore
Windows has a built-in backup tool called Backup and restore. With it, you can backup mapped Synology NAS to WD My Cloud with ease. Please check the steps below:
1. Click “This PC” > "Map network drive" and then choose an available drive letter from the dropdown list. Browse to select a folder that you want to have mapped as a drive, then click on “Finish” to map Synology NAS to a network hard drive on your computer.
2. Tap the Search button on the taskbar and type “backup” in the search box. Select “Backup and Restore (Windows 7)” from the search results.
3. Click on “Set up backup” on the top-right of the screen. Then, the Start Windows Backup pop-out will appear. Wait for a few seconds.
4. Choose “Save on a network”. Then, type your IP address in the blank space or click on “Browse” to find the WD NAS. Once the destination is selected, you need to input the username and password to provide Windows with the necessary access to it. Once done, click “OK”.
5. Select the newly-added network location and click “Next” to continue. Then, select “Let me choose” to select files on the mapped network drive manually. Click “Next” to continue. Then click “Save settings and run the backup” to backup files to WD My Cloud.
Way 2. Use third-party tool – AOMEI Backupper Standard
AOMEI Backupper Standard is a specialized and free backup utility that supports backing up NAS to NAS devices, network, internal/external hard drives, and cloud drives in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. With it, you can efficiently and directly backup Synology NAS to WD My Cloud without mapping a network drive or transfer files from WD My Cloud to Synology NAS. You can follow the steps below:
1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and install it.
2. Run AOMEI Backupper Standard, click "Backup" tab. Scroll down your mouse to find "File Backup" and click it.
3. Click “Add Folder” and choose “Share/NAS”. Then, click “Add Network Location” and type the IP address, username and password to connect the NAS on the pop-up page and click “OK”.
4. Then, select the folder on the NAS device to backup.
5. Click the inverted triangle in the second box and choose “Select a network location”. Use the same way to choose another Synology NAS as the destination path. Then click “Start Backup”.
By following the steps of different methods above, you can easily backup Synology NAS to WD My Cloud. The first way is feasible but may be a little complex. If you want to save both time and effort, the second way is a better choice.