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NAS 253

Introduction to Backup Plan

Learn how to use Backup Plan with your ASUSTOR NAS.



Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Create backup plans using the Backup Plan software on Windows.



Course Prerequisites


Students are expected to have a working knowledge of:




1. Introduction to Backup Plan

1.1 Introduction to Backup Plan

Backup Plan is ASUSTOR’s free backup software for Windows OS. It can be used to backup data from a Windows PC or Server to specified destination devices including NAS, FTP server, or the local machine.  Backup Plan supports one-time backups, scheduled backups and synchronization. If your original data should become damaged, destroyed or lost, Backup Plan also provides a convenient data restoration function.

Supported operating systems: Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, Server 2008/ 2012/ 2016/ 2019/ 2022

1.2 Where to get Backup Plan

You can download the latest version of Backup Plan from:


2. Using Backup Plan

2.1 Installing Backup Plan

After downloading Backup Plan, unzip the downloaded file and then double-click on the installation file. Follow the instruction provided by the installation wizard to complete the installation of Backup Plan.

After installation has completed, you should be able to see the Backup Plan shortcut icon on your desktop. Double-click on it to start Backup Plan.


2.2 Creating a Backup Plan

In the following example, we will teach you how to create a scheduled weekly backup plan that backs up data from your computer to your ASUSTOR NAS.



Click on the [Create] icon.



Select [ASUSTOR NAS] for your backup destination and type in plan name.


Backup Plan will then scan your local area network for ASUSTOR NAS devices. Select the NAS of your choice from the list and then click [Next].


Enter the username and password for your NAS and then click [Next].


Backup plan provides 3 different backup methods:

  • Backup once: After configurations are completed Backup Plan will execute a one-time backup.
  • Synchronization: After configurations are completed, Backup Plan will execute the backup job once. Afterwards, Backup Plan will continue to monitor the local computer source folder that you have selected.  When new files are added to this folder, they will be automatically synced to the destination NAS.
  • Schedule Backup: This method allows you to schedule a recurring backup job.

In the example below, we select [Schedule Backup] and proceed to configure [Backup frequency] and [Day].

There will also be additional configurations presented to you:

  • If file already exists: You can choose to [Skip if not modified] or [Overwrite] any already exiting files.
  • Mission mode: Enabling Mission mode allows you to configure the time period under which your backup job will be active, after which it will be aborted if not started.

Once you are done with the configurations for this step, click [Next].


Backup Plan will now scan your local computer for folders that can be backed up. Select the folder(s) that you wish to back up from the list and then click [Next].

Note: The [Filters] button can allow you to select the file types that you wish to exclude or include in your backup job. Backup Plan provides you with a default list of seven different file types that you can filter. You will also be able to configure the file extensions that can be filtered with the file type. (In the graphic below, we have selected “Temporary files” as an example.)

You can also click the [Add] button to create a customized filter.



Select the destination folder that you want to keep the backup job in from the list provided and then click [Finish].


Note: The user account that you used in step 4 must have “read & write” privileges for a folder in order for the folder to show up in this list.


You should now be able to see the plan you have just created in the Backup Plan interface.

Note: Backup Plan supports a maximum of 6 different backup plans.

The Backup Plan interface includes a series of buttons which are described below:

Backup: Clicking this button will execute the backup job.

Remove: Clicking on this button will remove the specific backup plan.

Edit: This button allows you to edit the configurations for the specific backup plan.



Information: Clicking this button will give you detailed information about the specific backup plan.


Log: Clicking on this button will show you logs of Backup Plan’s statuses and activities


Settings: Clicking on this button provides 2 advanced settings

  • Choose Language
  • Start ASUSTOR Backup Plan on system startup.

If you wish to check if you are using the latest version of Backup Plan, you can click on the icon in the upper left-hand corner and then select [Check for updates]. If new updates are detected, Backup Plan can automatically download and install them after prompting you to agree to do so. Updates will not remove or change any of your existing backup plans.


2.3 Restoring a Backup


In order to restore a backup, first select a plan that was successfully backed up and then click on the [Restore] icon.



Now you will able to select [Directly restore the backup] or [Restore parts of the backup]. Select the radio button of your choice and then click on [Next].


You can directly restore the backup to its original directory path or restore it to another path on your local computer. Select the radio button of your choice and then select whether you want to overwrite or skip existing files.

Once you are done, click on [Finish] and Backup Plan will immediately begin restoring your backup.

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