By Ivy / Last Updated April 21, 2020

What is Synology cloud sync?

Synology cloud sync is useful tool on Synology NAS, which help users effortlessly backup or sync files or folders from local Synology NAS to public cloud services such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon Drive, Backblaze B2, Dropbox.

Meanwhile, it provides many useful features, which makes sync task more flexible, including sync direction, selective sync, schedule sync, encryption and compression, traffic control, and more.

How to backup Synology NAS to Google Drive?

In the following, you will learn the detailed steps to perform Synology backup to Google Drive. Please make preparations first and then backup your data.

  • Make sure the DiskStation is running DSM 6.0 or above.

  • Download Synology Cloud Sync from package center and launch it. Just open package center, then select “Backup” and “Cloud Sync”, finally click “Install”. After successful installation, click “Open” under Cloud Sync.

Detailed steps to Synology cloud backup with Google Drive:

Step 1. Click the Create button “+” at the lower left corner, then select Google Drive among many cloud providers, sign in your account and authorize to Synology, finally click "Next".

Synology Cloud Sync

Step 2. Then, in the “Task setting” window, set connection name and select local path, remote path, sync direction.

  • Connection name: It will display on the connection list. It’s suggested to use a different name for distinguish.

  • Local path and Remote path: The choice of both paths determine the way to backup Synology NAS to Google Drive. To backup entire Synology, just select Root folder as remote path. Also, you can choose specific local and remote folders to backup.

  • Sync direction: This feature allows users to sync files with one-way via “Download remote changes only” or “Upload local changes only”. Also, you can enable two-way file synchronization by “Bidrectional”.

Synology Backup to Google Drive

Step 3. Set other settings at the lower location and click “Next”.

  • Data encryption: This feature can enhance the security of your data and reduce unauthorized access.

  • Don't remove files in the destination folder when they are removed in the source folder: This feature is very useful for accidentally deleted files, because it still keeps a copy of your files on remote path and reduce the risk of data loss.

  • Convert Google online documents to Microsoft Office or jpeg formats: Actually, this option make it easier for users to view Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides.

Step 4. Click “Advanced settings” and configure settings for folders and files. After that, click “Apply” to start the backup task.

  • Folder: unselect the folder you don’t want to backup.

  • Filter by file size: set the maximum file size to be synced. By default, Synology Cloud Sync does not sync single file over 5TB.

  • Filter by file type: uncheck any type of file you don’t need.

  • Filter by file name or extension: type a specific name for files or file extension (eg: *.iso).

File Folder Settings

Not enough space on Google Drive

If you are using Google Drive, you may know it only provides users 5GB cloud storage for free and it will run out in a very short time. Then, you will not upload any files or videos to Google Drive until you have enough space.

Google Drive

To get more space, there are two ways. The first one is what Google expects, upgrade the free to paid account for more space. The second is about to be introduced in this article, make fully use of free space on clouds (here is Google Drive) with cBackupper.

If you plan to invest deeply in Google Drive, you can use the first method. But if you have multiple Google Drive accounts and just want to get 100GB free cloud storage or enough space to store your files, you can go to cBackupper. It’s a free and secure combinator for various clouds, such as, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive.

Make fully use of free space on Google Drive

To make fully use of free space with cBackupper, you only need to connect all of your Google Drive accounts to cBackupper. Then, this software will take care of rest.

To get enough space from Google Drive, follow the instructions below.

Step 1. Create a cBackupper account and sign in. Open cBackupper and click “Sign up” at the upper right side, then type your email, password, and nickname to move on. After successfully sign up, click “Sign in” as instead and log in with your account.

Sign Up

Step 2. Add Google Drive. Click on “Clouds” and then “Add Clouds” in the lower left corner, select Google Drive and click “OK”. Then sign in your Google Drive, click “Allow” to authorize cBackupper and give it the ability to see, edit, create, and delete all of your Google Drive files.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. In the next window, modify the display name and allocate space for file backup. Then, click the checkbox before “Note: Please do not change the path directly in the third-party cloud disk, or modify or delete the backup file.” and click “OK”.

Modify Confirm

Step 4. Repeat Step 1-3 to add other Google Drive accounts. Please remember to change the default name to a unique one for distinguish.

Note: In addition to get enough space, you still can use cBackupper to transfer files between cloud storage, such as move files between Google Drive accounts, transfer files from Dropbox to Google Drive, and so on. What’s more, it’s completely free. If you are interested in these features, you can follow the steps in the given link. The steps are very similar and suitable for all cloud storage backup and transfer.

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Final thoughts

Synology backup to Google Drive adds a new lock to your files, which make it more secure. But if you are a free user of Google Drive, you may have a big headache for enough cloud storage in the near future.

To solve this problem completely, you can upgrade to paid plan. If your budget is limited, you can combine cloud storage into one with cBackupper. The premise is that you have enough Google Drive accounts.