How do I back up my Synology NAS to an external USB drive?

How to back up your Synology NAS to an external USB drive

To back up your Synology NAS to an external USB drive, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Connect the USB drive to your Synology NAS

- Ensure that the USB drive is compatible with your Synology NAS model.
- Locate the USB port on your Synology NAS and connect the USB drive to it.

Step 2: Configure the external USB drive

- Log in to your Synology NAS management interface.
- Go to "Control Panel" and navigate to "External Devices."
- Click on "USB" and select the connected external drive.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to format and prepare the USB drive for use with your Synology NAS.

Step 3: Set up backup tasks

- Open the "File Station" app from your Synology NAS desktop.
- Select the folders or files on your Synology NAS that you want to back up.
- Click on the "Actions" button and choose "Copy" from the drop-down menu.
- In the destination selection, browse and choose the USB drive as the target location.
- Click on "Copy" to start the backup process. The time taken for the backup will depend on the amount and size of data being copied.

Step 4: Schedule automatic backups

- Go to "Control Panel" and select "Task Scheduler."
- Create a new task by clicking on the "Create" button.
- Set the backup task frequency, such as daily or weekly.
- Specify the source folders on your Synology NAS and the destination as the USB drive.
- Configure any additional settings, such as notifications, compression, or encryption, according to your preferences.
- Save the task, and the automatic backups will be scheduled accordingly.

Step 5: Monitor and verify backups

- Use the "Task Scheduler" to monitor the status of your backup tasks.
- Regularly check the backup copies on your external USB drive to ensure they are up to date and functioning correctly.
- Periodically test the restore process to ensure that your data can be recovered from the USB drive backups.

Remember to keep your external USB drive in a safe and secure location to protect your backup data from physical damage or theft.

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