How to Backup Windows 10 to QNAP NAS

If you want to back up your Windows 10 to your QNAP NAS, this post will help you. Here you can learn to carry out this process using the native Windows tool and also through a professional software.

Jun 11, 2020 • Filed to: Take Data Backup • Proven solutions

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Backing up information is one of the most important tasks for any user, who can have a very high number of files in their computer. A NAS is one of the most reliable devices, due to its very high storage capacity and its practicality. QNAP NAS is the most common option due to its very well developed operating system and the quality of the components. If you wonder if you can make backups of your Windows 10 on a QNAP NAS, the answer is completely affirmative and here I will show you how to easily carry out this process.

Part 1: Methods to Back Up Windows 10 to QNAP NAS

Q: I have been using a QNAP NAS and it is very useful, however, I want to back up my Windows 10. Is there an easy way to do it?

Currently, storage methods have diversified, as more and more information are gradually being worked on and users are increasingly concerned that it is backed up, secure and has access to it whenever they require it. The most common method is that the files are stored on external hard drives, since they are devices that are easily accessible and affordable, but their problem is that their capacity is not so high and that they are quite fragile; therefore, progressively more attractive, diverse and practical options have been implemented for those who have many Gigabytes or even Terabytes of files.

Although file hosting systems or storage clouds have become very popular, NAS have emerged as a very popular option because they are very reliable and are devices that can be configured according to the needs of users and have several features that are very useful. Today there are many types of NAS and most of them have considerable advantages, but without a doubt QNAP is one of the most attractive options, since they are at the forefront, are fully updated and work with a very intuitive operating system.


Part 2: Overview of QNAP NAS

QNAP NAS work like any other NAS, being a device that becomes a central storage system with multiple hard drives, which is always online and can be accessed from any computer or mobile device that is synchronized.

Thanks to NAS, users can access their files backed up from any synchronized computer, so all the information will be in one place. In addition to this, backups and synchronizations can be made whenever required.

QNAP is a corporation that has specialized in developing NAS and has added many advantages through its operating system (QTS), below I will mention some of them:

Ease of file sharing: QTS offers various ways to share information. This operating system is implemented so that you can share attachments in your email, web page links, videos, photos and music folders in a very easy and comfortable way.

Effective protection for your data: Every QNAP NAS has mechanized protection systems to keep all your content as safe as possible. Some examples of security are two-step verification, encryption of volumes and encryption of shared folders, as well as instant alerts to mobile devices. This makes you aware of the use of your QNAP NAS and that you are notified at all times if someone is using it. This represents a lot of confidence and security to prevent a bad use of your device and its information.

Effective content streaming: Having a QNAP NAS represents having a multimedia center at home or work. Through compatible devices and thanks to the QTS operating system, multimedia content can be streamed, which can be very useful and you will not need other additional devices to do so.

Quickly find any file using QSirch: Sometimes we need to look for a file that we don't know where it is. Although this task can be done manually in Windows, this process can take a long time and is not necessarily effective. Thanks to QSirch application, you will be able to find any file or document in seconds thanks to its intelligent predictive search system.

File sharing between platforms for group collaboration: QTS supports backing up information from many operating systems, this means that users who make use of Windows, Mac, Linux and even mobile operating systems like Android and iOS can work together without any restrictions.

Use QNAP NAS as a PC: Thanks to QvPC technology, you can turn your QNAP NAS into a PC. You only need to connect a mouse and a monitor and you will be able to access various features as well as your files. There are multimedia applications in QTS that you can access and you can even browse the web to search for any type of information or news.

Download dozens of apps which fit on your needs: QTS App Center contains more than one hundred applications that can be very useful for the use your NAS. There are security applications, streaming, file backup, information synchronization, technical support, office, antivirus, entertainment, programming and many more. Downloading them is very easy and they are always kept constantly updated.


Part 3: How to Back Up Windows 10 to QNAP NAS?

If you want to backup Windows 10 to QNAP NAS, you can do it using the native Windows tool or through a professional software. Below I will show you how to do it in both ways.

1. Backing up with the Windows 10 inbuilt backup tool

Windows has a built-in tool (Backup and restore) that allows you to make backups of your operating system; below I will show you the steps so you know how to do it.

Step 1: Open Settings app

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Open Settings app by clicking on the Windows icon at the lower left corner of the screen and then click on the gear icon to open the Settings app.

Step 2: Open “Update & security”

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Once you have opened Settings app, click on “Update & security.”

Step 3: Open Backup and Restore

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In the left menu, click on “Backup”; after that click on “Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Step 4: Start to set up your backup

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Click on “Set up backup”, you have to wait for some seconds, then a new window will emerge.

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Step 5: Select a network location

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Click on “Browse” to select the network location where you want to back up Windows 10. In this case, you should select your QNAP NAS. Then write the username and password of your network location you chose.

Step 6: Select your backup destination

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Select your backup destination (in this case the network location you selected). Just click on it and then click “Next.” Then you may choose a full or custom backup.

Step 7: Start to backup

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In this window, click on “Save settings and run backup.” The Windows 10 backup will start immediately, this process may take some minutes. You just have to wait until it finishes.

2. Backup Windows 10 to QNAP NAS with AOMEI Backupper

The Windows 10 in-built tool meets the basic requirements for backing up your operating system, however, it may not be enough for your needs. AOMEI Backupper is a specialized backup software, which has many functions that can represent a greater advantage and comfort for users.

To backup Windows 10 to QNAP NAS using AOMEI Backupper, you only have to do the following:

Step 1: Go to “System Backup”

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Click on “Backup” and select “System Backup.”

Step 2: Set a target location

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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: Select Share/NAS option

Once you have clicked on the folder icon, a window like this will be displayed. Here you have to click on “Share/NAS” option. 

Step 4: Add Network Location

In this window, click on the “Add Network Location” label that is located in the lower-left corner. 

Step 5: Enter the network credentials

After clicking on “Select a network location” a pop-up window will be displayed, there you can enter the name or IP address of the network. Once you have entered the address and password (if it is requested), click on "OK"

Step 6: Choose destination folder

After your QNAP NAS devices has been added, all the folders under this NAS device will be listed. Choose one folder as the destination path, and then click OK.

Step 7: Schedule

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Before finishing the process, click on the clock icon to open the schedule options. In this window you can customize the automatic backup schedule by day, week, month, year or you can even maintain a synchronization in real time. In this way, when you make any changes to the information, the backup copy will be automatically updated. Once you're done click on "OK.”

Step 8: Finish the process

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Once everything is set up correctly, click on "Start Backup" and AOMEI Backupper will take care of the rest.


Conclusion

QNAP NAS is one of the best options on the market to make your backups in a very safe and practical way. This device has many functions that facilitate the backup process and automate it so that its users do not worry about the security of their information. These devices also allow the backup of your Windows 10 and doing it is quite practical. Although Backup and Restore is a useful tool to perform this task, AOMEI Recoverit is an alternative that will give you more advantages and that will adjust to all your needs.

Amy Dennis

staff Editor

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