Backup Jobs

 

The Backup page features a Backup & Restore Wizard to help you create a backup job. Types of backup jobs include:

  • Local (Direct-attached storage (DAS)):
    • Option 1: Share A on a NAS OS device to an external hard drive (DAS) connected to one of the NAS's external ports. Each backup job has a specific date and time giving you the flexibility to restore earlier versions of files. This can be helpful if someone has mistakenly deleted or, made revisions to a document and you want to recover an earlier version.
    • Option 2: Connect a DAS to one of your NAS's ports to back up the DAS's files to a NAS OS share.
  • Remote network (local network): A share on the NAS OS device to a share on a second NAS OS device or rsync-compatible NAS on your local network. For example, Share A on Seagate NAS A in your office to Seagate NAS B in your colleague's office.
  • Remote network (offsite): A share on the NAS OS device to a share on a second NAS OS device or rsync-compatible NAS outside of your local network. For example, Share A on Seagate NAS A in your home office to Seagate NAS B at a colleague's home office.
  • Restore: Restore a backup job from your DAS to the NAS OS device or, the NAS OS device to the DAS.

 

Note on backup job order: To conserve processing resources, NAS OS runs one backup job at time. If more than one job is scheduled for the same time or started manually, the backup page will place them in a queue.

 

Backup examples

 

Remote (local network): To prevent data loss due to hardware failure, you schedule regular backups of Seagate NAS A to Seagate NAS B. They are both on the same local network. See Remote Backup: Rsync for details on how to back up data to non-Seagate servers that are rsync-compatible.

Remote (offsite): To prevent data loss due to onsite fire, flood, or theft, you back up data on Seagate NAS A in your company's headquarters to Seagate NAS B at a branch office. You can use the Backup page to set up a remote backup to a NAS at another location (offsite). See Remote Backup: Offsite for details on how to back up to an offsite NAS.

Restore: Someone in the office accidentally deleted an important spreadsheet from his personal share. Fortunately, the administrator backed up the user's share every night onto the DAS connected to the Seagate NAS. The administrator can:

  • Create a Restore job to revert the share to an earlier state (see Restore a Local Backup for details on how to restore data to or from a DAS).
  • Connect the DAS to a computer and browse for the missing file.

 

Important info: The time to complete the first backup job will vary based upon the amount of data and the speed of your network. It can take several hours or, if it is an offsite backup, several days.