For a long time, information from computers has been stored on physical devices, and gradually storage devices have become more sophisticated, so much so that today there are drives of several terabytes of capacity. However, each time the amount of information that is usually stored can exceed this capacity, and backing up your information may be a headache, that's why NAS servers have become popular, which are storage devices connected on a network that can host large amounts of information, a very popular alternative to making backups is QNAP (Quality Network Appliance Provider), in which this post will be focused.
Q: How to backup QNAP to QNAP NAS?
Before solving the doubts and procedures of the methods to back up QNAP to QNAP NAS, we must understand how this device works.
QNAP (Quality Network Appliance Provider) is a leading brand in data storage servers, characterized by ease of use, large storage capacity, and fast data access from anywhere in the world and device. It is characterized by the manufacture of NAS, which are devices that can store an immense amount of data remotely and which also turns out to be quite practical because it can make backups from different computers.
The great advantage that QNAP offers is its operating system (QTS), which makes all your devices fully compatible and makes the most of them. In addition to this, this operating system offers multimedia applications for music, photography, video editing, and streaming media, among others. Therefore, QNAP is a very attractive option for demanding users and companies that want to ensure that their information is kept active and protected at all times.
Backing up one QNAP to another QNAP may sound strange and exaggerated, as it is not at a very common practice to back up a NAS to another NAS; however, this may be more useful and safer than you think, below, I will mention three important reasons why you should do this procedure:
As you may have noticed, the importance of QNAP to QNAP backup turns out to be a very useful idea and procedure. Although it may sound like a heavy investment that must be made to have this advantage, it is an expense that will be reflected not only in an imminent increase in security and protection of your information, but you will be able to share and restore it from backup images in a way very easy.
If you wonder how to do this procedure in the next section, I will show you in detail.
Backing up QNAP NAS to another is simple. The first option can be done using a native QNAP application, which is Hybrid Backup Sync. Below I will show you how to do this process:
Step 1: Open Hybrid Backup Sync in your destination QNAP NAS
Make sure you have installed the Hybrid Backup Sync app in both QNAP NAS. First, open the application in your destination QNAP NAS.
Step 2: Go to "RTRR Server" page
Click on "Backup Server" and then on "RTRR Server" and wait for some seconds until the data is loaded.
Step 3: Continue remote replication server process configuration
Tick the white square next to "Enable Real-time Remote Replication Server," then you have to type a password.
Step 4: Confirm
Scroll down and click on "Apply", then select "OK" in the pop-up window.
Step 5: Open Hybrid Backup Sync in your source QNAP NAS
Go to your QNAP NAS desktop, then open Hybrid Backup Sync.
Step 6: Open backup configuration
Click on the light blue circle icon above "Backup."
Step 7: Select "Remote Backup"
In this menu, click on the "Remote Backup" icon.
Step 8: Select source location and destination backup
In the "Select Source Location" list, choose the folder or folders you want to back up; in the "Select Backup Destination" list, you can choose from one of the previous remote storage destinations (if you have already registered any) or you can add a new one by clicking on "."
Step 9: Add remote connection
If you want to add a remote connection, type the name of your choice, the IP Address or hostname, the port, and password (which have to be the same as in Step 3). You can click on "Test" to see if the configuration works and then click on "OK."
Step 10: Create remote storage space
Select the destination folder of your backup, then click on "Apply."
Step 11: Schedule backup
If you want to schedule your backup, click on the blue calendar icon.
Step 12: Customize the schedule
Choose from the options. You can select if you want to schedule your backup periodically, just once or even you might cancel the schedule to make manual backups. Once you finished your configuration click on "Apply."
Step 13: Start to back up
Click on "Backup Now" and the process will begin. You may have to wait for some minutes depending on the amount of information. When the process ends you will see "Finished" in the Status section and remote replication will be active.
If you want to do the same QNAP to QNAP backup and don't want to get familiar with QNAP's QTS operating system, it's understandable. For this, there is a great alternative, which is AOMEI Backupper for Windows, which will provide you with the same security standards with the advantage that you will not need QTS to perform your backups.
Next, I will show you how to perform this process:
Step 1: Go to "File Backup"
Click on "Backup" and select "File Backup." You can also back up the system, partitions, and even whole disks to a NAS device by choosing other backup types.
Step 2: Add folders or files
Name the task so that you can distinguish it from other backup tasks. Click "Add File" or "Add Folder" to select the files/folders you want to backup. In this case, choose the files or folders from your source NAS.
Step 3: Click on "Share/NAS"
Once you have clicked on the folder icon, a window like this will be displayed. Here you have to click on the "Share/NAS" option.
Step 4: Add Network Location
It will pop out a window, click on the "Add Network Location" label that is located in the lower-left corner.
Step 5: Type the Display Name and Network Path.
Step 6: Start backup
Enter the NAS access information. Make sure you have successfully previously configured the access permissions of your NAS and click on "Start Backup".
Today, information backups are synonymous with security and peace of mind, and having a device such as QNAP NAS is something reliable. On the other hand, you always have to avoid unforeseen events, and having two QNAP NAS to make backups between them will greatly reduce the possibility of losing information. Although QNAP Hybrid Backup Sync is quite useful, having AOMEI Backupper software represents simplicity and because it is an application made for Windows, you will be able to make QNAP to QNAP backups without having to deal with a different operating system.