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,
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
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
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.