How to Use the USB/eSATA Backup Module
-You have installed the USB/eSATA Backup Module
-You have folders on your NAS with the items you want backed up
Necessary Tools
-One Thecus NAS
-An external hard drive with a USB or an eSATA connection
Applicable Models
-All models equipped with firmware versions 3.00.08 and above
Even though Ethernet backup is very fast and convenient, setting up the connections can be time
consuming and inflexible. To give you a good alternative for short term data transfer, the USB/eSATA
Backup Module lets you copy items directly to a disk with very little setup. USB connections can
be found anywhere and provide an easy and handy way to connect to your NAS, but some external
hard drives also come with an eSATA connection port for much higher speed transfer. USB tranfer is
most useful for smaller hard drives and flash drives, and eSATA is more useful for regularly
backing up your NAS on an external hard drive. Just like the Rsync Remote Backup Module, the
USB/eSATA Backup Module allows you to create an automatic backup schedule that runs your preset
backup “tasks”. You can also run these tasks at any time manually with or without the scheduler turned
-For this tutorial you will need to use USB_eSATA_Backup under
Module Management (Step 1 and 2), and that’s it!
Step 1 – Setting up tasks and schedules
-Login to your NAS through the Thecus UI in your web browser
-Go to USB_eSATA_Backup under Module Management in the menu of the Thecus UI
-You will be brought to an empty list, click “Add” to make your first task
1. Name your task - This is how it will appear in the task list.
2. Choose your target device - Choose the target you want to copy to, this will automatically sense
any devices that are connection through USB or eSATA. This is NOT updated live, so if you plug in
a new device while you’re on this page, just reload it and it will show up.
3. Choose your backup mode - Synchronization mode - Makes your NAS source folder match the
folder on your target completely; deleting and adding files on your
target as they are deleted and added on your NAS.
- Incremental Mode - Makes your NAS source folder match your
target and keep all old files; adding files in the folder on your target
as they are added on your NAS, but NOT deleting files on your
target as they are deleted on your NAS.
4. Choose your source folder(s) - These are the folders on your NAS that you wish to backup .
5. Set up regular automatic backups - To run backups manually choose “disable”, your settings
will still be saved. Automatic backups are only really for larger
hard drives that serve as a backup for your NAS. Flash drives and
portable hard drives are more suited to manual backups.
6. Apply - This saves your backup task in the USB/eSATA Schedule Backup task list, running your
automatic backup tasks in the background as well as allowing you
to easily edit or manually run your tasks at any time.
Step 2 – Manually edit or run your backup tasks
-After selecting “apply”, you will be brought back to the USB/eSATA Schedule Backup task list
1. Actions - Simply click the arrow to start the task, whether the scheduler is enabled or disabled, and
click the box to cancel the ongoing task.
2. Selecting tasks - Click these boxes to choose which tasks to modify, restore, or delete.
3. Restoring Data - If any data is lost on your NAS, simply select the task backing up the data you
want and click “Restore” to copy all the missing data from your
backup back onto your NAS.
For the newest version of the USB/eSATA Backup Module use the built-in Auto Module Installer
(firmware version 3.04.03 or above) or go to the Thecus Download Center.
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