How to transfer a Synology NAS using a storage device. – wintips.org

In this guide, you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to migrate your existing Synology NAS to a new one using an external hard drive. Using the instructions below, you can transfer the configuration and all data and applications from your old Synology Server to the new one without losing any data.

In this article a. explains how to backup and restore your Synology configuration and data USB hard drive and Hyper backup Software that is the most reliable way to migrate Synology NAS servers.

How to transfer Synology files, settings and applications to a new Synology NAS using a USB drive.

Before proceeding with the Synology migration process, make sure that:

DSM version: The DSM version running on the destination (new) Synology NAS must be the same or newer than the version on the source (old) Synology NAS.

File System: The new Synology NAS has the same file system as the old NAS.

Storage device: The USB HDD you use for the backup/restore process has enough free space to store the data on the old NAS device. (To find out how to use shared storage on your old Synology NAS, go to Synology Storage Manager > Storage Pool > Capacity Used).

Part 1. Backup your Synology NAS settings, files, and apps.

Step 1. Connect the external storage device to the OLD Synology NAS.

Connect an external USB drive with enough free space to an existing (source) Synology NAS server to back up your data.

Step 2. Synology configuration backup.

The first step in migrating your Synology NAS is to back up the current configuration of your old NAS.

1. go to Control Panel > Update and restore.

2. Yes Configuration backup tab, click Backup configuration. *

*Note: The Backup Configuration task backs up:

  • User and group.
  • Workgroup, Domain and LDAP.
  • File sharing services (ie SMB, AFP, NFS and FTP).
  • Others (i.e. shared folder, user home, password settings, password expiration, SNMP and task scheduler)

Backup Synology NAS configuration

3. press YES to backup the system configuration.

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4. Named configuration file [DiskStation Name]_[Created Date].dss will be downloaded to your computer. Save the “.dss” configuration file to your PC.

Step 3. Backup Synology data and apps.

Now proceed to backup all files and applications to external drive:

1. Go to packages and install Hyper backup package.

2. It’s open Hyper backup.

3. click on + icon and select Data backup task.

How to transfer a Synology NAS using a storage device

4. Choose Local folder and USB and press The next one.

Hyper Backup - Backup Synology

5. Yes Backup address settings:

  • Yes general volume, select connected USB external drive.
  • Yes directory, enter a name for the backup file.

Hyper Backup - Synology

6. Yes Data backup optionsselect backup all folders and press The next one.

Data Backup - Synology

7. Yes Application backup options, select backup all apps installed on your NAS server.

Synology Backup Apps

8. Yes Backup settings select options, enter a task name (eg “FullBackup2USB”), deselect click and click all other options The next one.

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9. Yes Rotation settings leave all options unchecked and click Apply.

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10. “Back up now?” press the question button Yes.

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11. When the backup process is complete, you will see a Success Hyper Backup status.

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12. Disconnect USB drive from the old NAS.
13. to close old NAS server.

Part 2. Restore your Synology NAS settings, files and applications to the NEW NAS device.

Step 1. Connect the external storage device to the NEW Synology NAS.

Connect the external USB drive to the new (target) Synology NAS server and proceed to the next step to restore the configuration of your old Synology server.

Step 2. Restore configuration from OLD Synology NAS server.

1. go to Control Panel > Update and restore.

2. Yes Configuration backup tab, click Restore configuration.

Restore Synology NAS configuration

3. Select the configuration .dss file downloaded from your OLD NAS server and click on it OK.

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4. When the NAS configuration is restored, you’ll be ready to restore data and applications from your old Synology server.

Step 3. Restore Synology data and applications from OLD Synology NAS server.

To transfer all data and applications to the new Synology NAS server:

1. Go to packages and install Hyper backup & Hyper Backup Vault packages.

2. It’s open Hyper backup.

3. click on Recovery icon and select Information.

Hyper Backup - Restore

4. Yes Select the recovery task window, click Restore from existing repositories.

Restore your Synology with Hyper Backup

5. Yes Recovery sourcechoose Local folder and USB and press The next one.

Hyper Backup - Restore from USB

5. Yes Backup address options:

5a. Yes General Volselect connected USB driver.

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5b. Yes Catalog select the name of your new NAS server and click The next one.

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6. Yes System configuration options, select Do not restore system configuration and press The next one. *

*Note: The system configuration was restored in the previous step.

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7. Yes Data recovery, verification the General Vol check the box and click to restore all data The next one.

Data Recovery - Synology

8. Yes Restore the application Choose which apps you want to restore or check the App checkbox restore all apps. Click when done The next one.

Restore application synology

9. Click on the warning message Yes.

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10. Wait for the recovery wizard process to load.

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11. Now look at the Data Recovery summary and click apply, otherwise press Back to make any changes.

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12. Wait for the recovery process to complete.

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13. When the restore process is complete, make sure all apps are restored successfully and click on it OK. *

*Note: Hyper Backup does not support backup and restore of some packages. Therefore, note which package(s) cannot be restored and rinstall them on the new NAS after the migration is complete.

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14. At this point, the main migration process is complete. Now proceed to finish the migration as follows:

  1. to close the the new Sinology NAS server.
  2. Enabled the old Synology NAS and change his IP address and its network Name (Server name). Also take down (or change). QuickConnect ID and External access settings if any.
  3. Enabled the new NAS and change his IP address and name to the old NAS IP address. do the same with QuickConnect ID and External access settings.
  4. Check all packages and settings between the old NAS and the new NAS and update accordingly.

That’s it! Let me know if this guide helped you by leaving a comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

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