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A variety of different NAS products can be found on the market, from entry-level devices to enterprise-class models. NAS devices offer an impressive array of functions, but their primary function is still storage and backup. Anyone who has experienced a computer crash or lost a cell phone can remember the pain of losing their data and can vouch for the importance of data backup. ASUSTOR NAS provides users with a comprehensive array of backup features, allowing all users to easily and flexibly centralize the backup of all their data that is spread out amongst their various digital devices.

Seamless Computer Backup: Backup Plan and Time Machine

Today, almost everyone uses a computer, whether at home or at work. No matter if you’re using Windows or OS X operating systems, all your important data must be backed up in order to safeguard against any accidents. For Windows users, ASUSTOR NAS provides the Backup Plan utility that allows them to easily backup data from Windows PCs or servers to an ASUSTOR NAS. For Mac users, ASUSTOR NAS features Time Machine support. Users need only enable Time Machine support on the NAS to begin backing up data from their Mac to their NAS via Time Machine. Users can also easily restore the data to their Mac when needed. With ASUSTOR NAS, different Mac users are also able to use independent accounts and backup locations to back up their data on the same NAS, guaranteeing privacy for all.

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Download and unzip the Backup Plan installation file from the ASUSTOR website. Open the file and follow the instruction from the

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Create a backup task and follow the provided steps to complete configurations.

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Backup task configuration complete.

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ASUSTOR’s ADM provides built-in Time Machine support.

MyArchive and Local Backup

MyArchive is an exclusive storage technology on ASUSTOR NAS that utilizes 1 to 2 disk bays on the NAS to create MyArchive hard disks. MyArchive disks are can be thought of as individual storage spaces that can be removed or plugged into the NAS when needed. MyArchive disks make use of the local SATA interface on the NAS, providing transfer speeds of 6GB/s which is much faster when compared to external storage devices. The removable nature of MyArchive disks also allows for convenient organization, with different types of data being backed up to different disks. MyArchive disks can also be plugged into any other ASUSTOR NAS devices for further data sharing or backup. Furthermore, when combined with ASUSTOR’s local backup function, users can configure scheduled backups of internal NAS folders to MyArchive disks.

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Select a backup source folder and complete configurations according to the steps provided.

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Using this task as an example, you can see that backup has been configured from the Music folder to the MyArchive2 folder for every Monday afternoon at 4:00 PM.

FTP Backup

For both enterprise and individual users, FTP is a convenient and commonly used file transfer tool. FTP backup jobs can be configured for immediate backup or as scheduled backups. ASUSTOR NAS also provides 2-way transfer support allowing data to be backed up to the NAS or from the NAS to a different server. Additionally, ASUSTOR's Mission Mode allows users to configure the number of connection attempts and time interval for connection attempts for a particular backup job, ensuring for successful completion.

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Select the backup method.

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In addition to a simple quick connection, advanced settings allow users to configure a login mode and transfer mode.

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After competing configurations, they will be summarized for the user as seen in this graphic.

Rsync Backup

Rsync is a type of transfer protocol that is commonly for backup and syncing between two computers. By providing block level replication, Rsync is able to offer incremental backup. Incremental backup allows for successive backup jobs (after your first backup job) to only copy data that has changed since your last backup job. Rsync is suitable for use with files and data that are always changing. It lets you cut down on backup time while significantly reducing bandwidth usage. As ASUSTOR NAS supports both incremental and encrypted backup, it is able to provide decreased backup times and data security which is essential for business users. Additionally, 2-way backup, Mission Mode and scheduled automatic backups can be utilized to significantly lighten the workload of IT staff.

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Mission Mode allows you to configure the number of connection attempts and time interval for connection attempts.

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You can see that this task has been configured for backup twice every week.

External Device and USB One Touch Backup

In addition to data on computers, many users have USB external hard disks and cameras that support USB transfers. ASUSTOR NAS features USB ports on the front and back of the NAS, allowing users to schedule backups from their devices to their NAS. Additionally, users can use the USB 3.0 port on the front of the NAS to pre-configure One Touch Backup from devices to the NAS or vice versa. After completing configurations, quick backups can then be executed with just the push of a button.

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We complete configurations for this task by selecting a backup location, configuring Mission Mode, and setting a schedule.

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After configuring USB One Touch Backup, a USB device can be plugged into the front USB port for One Touch backups.

Integrated Public Cloud Storage Backup

With the many online cloud storage spaces on the market today, most users are probably making use of these services regularly. ASUSTOR NAS integrates a variety of public cloud storage spaces, allowing users to download and install the corresponding App for them from App Central. One-click setup allows users to connect their NAS to public cloud storage spaces such as ASUS WebStorage, BitTorrent Sync, Dropbox, Google Drive, HiDrive, Microsoft OneDrive, OwnCloud, and WonderBox.

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ASUSTOR NAS features built-in Amazon S3 support, allowing users to log in from the ADM interface and begin backup configuration.

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Users can download Apps for public cloud storage platforms from App Central to begin configuring syncing and backup with these services and their NAS.

Conclusion

In the modern age of exponential data growth and cloud computing, the number of users of smartphones, tablets, notebooks and computers continues to grow. No matter if it is files needed for work, personal photos, or multimedia, each user’s data continues to grow and spread among all the devices they are using. Even if users choose to rely on popular public cloud storage services to organize and backup their data, capacity limitations and privacy concerns still remain. Because of this, the number of NAS users continues to increase as the NAS offers the advantages of centralized data storage and customizable capacity. ASUSTOR NAS provides a wide range of different management functions, allowing users to easily centralize their data storage and backup. With the basic NAS applications introduced here, users will be able to easily create their own dedicated and secure cloud storage space with ASUSTOR NAS.

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完成設定後,會出現任務總覽,檢視是否遺漏。

結語

在這個數位科技盛行、雲端當道的新世代,同時把玩著多台手機、平板、筆電及桌電的使用者比例劇增,不論是工作所需的報告數據、個人的旅遊照片、還是臉書推特 Line社群互動分享、影音交流,數位資料不斷地累積、又分散於各個 3C 設備儲存裝置裡。即使仰賴於時下熱門的雲端空間,也常常讓人東存一塊、西存一處,大大挑戰人腦的記憶。公有雲端空間大多可免費註冊、即時擁有,雖然便利,但仍有儲存容量的限制及隱私安全的考量,因此開始使用 NAS 的玩家宅友們逐日增加,原因無它:除了可集中管理所有的數位檔案外,個人的儲存空間更可隨客之便,可大可小。ASUSTOR NAS 提供不同管道讓用戶完成集中資料輕鬆備份,相信透過本文的介紹,讀者可以進一步了解 NAS 的基本應用,建置個人專用且安全安心的雲端儲存天地。