If you have used QNAP NAS as your Network Attached Storage for either your home or business, you might have a need to auto backup certain contents from your laptop, pc or mac.
This is doable, however it requires an extra software, also developed by the QNAP itself, and some configurations on that server. This article will guide you through how to do so.
The first step is to download the software and install it.
- Download Qsync software from here (I have directly provided a link to their software that I have used to produce this article. However, you might want check their website to download the latest version of it)
- Install the software.
- You can choose all default settings and keep hitting next.
- Open the software after it is installed.
- You can skip the help screens that comes up or go through those informational screens if you choose to learn more about the software.
Once you open the QSync software, the Qsync Start screen will look something like this.
Next step is to discover or setup your current NAS. The quick way is to autodiscover NAS by selectig “Via Lan” under the “Search the NAS” dropdown.
A permission screen might popup. Select allow.
This will try to find the NAS on your LAN. If it does, select the NAS(Click on the row) and then hit select.
If no results come up, you can go back and enter the IP address yourself.
Type the user name and password for your NAS and and hit apply. You have an option to choose Secure Login, if you wish to which use https rather than http. If you are using public network or are in office or share environment, you might want to enable that so that you are not sending plain user names and passwords over the internet. If you are home user and use secured network, it does not matter.
Once it logs into the then NAS, click on Add. Please note that there is a default folder already mapped. If you choose to do so, you may start putting your files that you may want to auto backup into that Qsync folder in your local machine. I however, prefer to define a shared folder on a NAS and then choose a folder on my machine (such as Documents or Desktop) to map to it so that anything I write to those folders are automatically backed up.
Choose the NAS folder and the local PC folder (e.g. Documents) to synch.
Click on the folder icon under “Folder on the NAS”, this will let you choose target NAS folder
Here I am choosing Qsysnc enabled MySharedFolder, the folder name will be different, choose your appropriate folder. Then Click apply.
Similarly, select a paired local folder to specify source folder to synch to.
You are all set. Go to the paired local folder, and write a file. It should synch to your NAS.
Hope this helped you !!