How To Back Up Your NAS with B2 and CloudBerry

By | December 7th, 2017

NAS Backup with CloudBerry and B2

If you are using a Synology Network Attached Storage (NAS) device in your home or office, you’ve already discovered the value of centralizing all your files into one device. The next challenge is creating and maintaining an offsite copy of the files stored on your local NAS device.

If you’re using a Windows PC, CloudBerry Lab makes it possible to back up your Synology NAS device to Backblaze B2. Assuming your NAS is configured to shared with your Windows devices, the data from your local systems can be stored on the Synology NAS and then automatically synced to B2 by CloudBerry.

We summarized the steps below on how to setup CloudBerry and B2 and if you need more information CloudBerry has detailed instruction on their website.

Backing Up a Synology NAS to B2 using Windows

  • Launch the CloudBerry app then click Files to create a backup plan. The Backup Plan Wizard will step you through the process.
  • When you’re prompted to select cloud storage, add B2 Cloud Storage from the list of supported services. You’ll need your B2 account ID, application key and bucket name to proceed. All of this info is available from your Backblaze account info if you’ve activated B2.
  • Name your backup plan and select the options you prefer. Click Next to continue.
  • Next navigate to the networked NAS volume you’d like to back up. You will need a valid user name and password on the NAS to continue. You can edit your network path and click the Test button to make sure everything is working OK.

  • CloudBerry lets you specify file types to back up or to skip with advanced filtering features. You can specify file types to include and exclude, skip directories, backup or skip files based on modification dates and more.
  • CloudBerry also supports encryption and compression. Make sure to record the password you use to encrypt files, or you won’t be able to restore your backup.
  • Configure retention policies: You can make CloudBerry back up only the most recent version of files, keep all versions, or delete backups older than a specific number of days — helpful for managing backup storage and bandwidth.

  • Schedule your backup when it’s convenient for you. Develop a recurring schedule that’s not going to interfere with other operations.
  • You can also configure CloudBerry to email you to let you know when the backup is done.
  • Once you’ve created the backup, click the Run Now button to get it started.

Restoring Your NAS Using CloudBerry for Windows

The first step to restoring with CloudBerry is to create and execute a restore plan.

  • To get started, click the Restore Plans tab, give your plan a name and click Next.
  • Specify the files or folders you want to restore, then click Next.

  • Choose which version you’d like to restore — the latest backup or the backup from a specific point in time.
  • Specify where you’d like your backup to restore to. You can restore files to their original location — helpful if you’re recovering deleted files — or another location.

  • If you’ve protected your backup with encryption, you’ll need to enter your password to decrypt the backup.
  • You can notify yourself with an email when the recovery is complete.
  • Click Run Now to get started with the restore.

Together, B2 and CloudBerry make it easy for you to back up your Synology NAS to the cloud. CloudBerry is available as a free trial download if you’d like to give it a shot.

This post has been updated from earlier this year to remove obsolete information and clarify the instructions on how to use CloudBerry to back up a Synology NAS. — Editor
Roderick Bauer

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  • EvilTed

    Cloudberry have stopped supporting Synology and QNAP.
    I wonder why?

    The version you can still download doesn’t work either :(

    • gru ber

      Have you found any other solution (convenient) to backup QNAP NAS to Backblaze B2?
      I have TS-228. In Hybrid Backup Sync I see only Azure, Google, Amazon Glacier and S3. No Backblaze…

      • EvilTed

        Yes, it’s actually better than using the container route I was initially trying.
        Simply install Linux Station and pick a flavor of Linux from the three choices.
        I picked Ubuntu 16.0.4.
        They all install with VNC and give you a URI for access.
        Download and install CloudBerry for Linux inside Linux and you are good to go.
        Just look for the folder ‘nas_share’ and this is what you want to backup.

        Remember that because CloudBerry is a backup tool and not a sync tool, it will create it’s own (rather obtuse) path to the NAS files.
        You should use Cloudberry to restore too.


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  • Sabin1936

    Anything for FreeNAS/BSD? I have yet to find a satisfactory solution.

    • micaiah

      rClone is the only option i’ve found that work well.

    • Robert Trevellyan

      Have you tried HashBackup?

  • Beatwolf

    Only supporting arm processors was a dealbreaker for me, having an Annapurna labs Synology device. Oh well, there are other solutions :)

  • gcstang

    Linux and/or ReadyNAS NV+ support?

  • peroksid

    How about working with Synology to integrate B2 support into HyperBackup? It makes no sense to promote a (quite expensive) paid backup solution of Synology’s own offering yould do the same for free.

    • Sackmeister

      Agreed, just develope something already.

  • btnpushnmunky

    It’s worth noting that CloudBerry imposes storage limits on all but the $300 version of their backup software. That was a deal breaker for me.

    • Steven Dunn

      I don’t believe that this is still the case any more.

      • btnpushnmunky

        Oooh. That’d be cool.

        • Steven Dunn

          I can not find the limit listed anywhere for the product. I have reached out to CloudBerry for confirmation.

          • Steven Dunn

            CloudBerry has responded that they do have the 1 TB limit, except for their Ultimate package. I could not find the info publicly on their site or documentation.

  • Would love to see a dedicated Drobo backup support app (possibly something on their DroboApps platform)?

    • Hey Dan! We would too! Our APIs are open, so it would be up to Drobo to integrate with B2. Let them hear it :)

  • William Nourse

    and for Mac users?

    • Are you using Synology or another NAS?

      • cyclephotos

        I’m a Mac user, different NAS (QNAP). Any solutions?

        • Stay tuned.

        • Cloudberry can actually back up QNAP on Macs if you want to give it a whirl!

        • JCW

          QNAP’s latest Hybrid Backup Sync app now supports B2 sync!

          • cyclephotos

            All good things come to those who wait. Thank you for this!

  • Colin Stuart

    what exactly is the point of using cloudberry when Synology includes B2 integration already? You have a blog post on this too

    • Synology has B2 support built into its cloud sync tool. CloudBerry’s backup solution offers a variety of different capabilities not exposed in Synology’s built-in offering.

      • Tegan Bowness

        Are you please able to give us an overview of what the benefits are of cloudberry vs the standard built in synology B2? Trying to decide which path to go down. Thanks! :)

        • +1 to this from me too, I thought the exact same thing! Cloudberry’s page doesn’t really clarify the actual advantages of using them, and it means adding another service to the stack.

          • The difference is between sync (Synology Cloud Sync) and backup (CloudBerry). Sync creates a carbon copy of the NAS directory or volume. CloudBerry is creating a backup snapshot with a lot of attendant extras like detailed retention settings, compression, and other detailed features.

            We have some info posted to our web site that explains in more detail what I’m talking about:


        • Synology DSM’s Cloud Sync app supports B2. File sync isn’t the same as backup, tho many of us use the terms interchangeably. Here’s what our Nilay Patel had to say on the subject:

          “Synology’s Cloudsync syncs your files to a B2 bucket. The way they appear on your Synology device is the way they will appear on B2. For example, you can sync all your photos to B2… and from anywhere, retrieve one of the photos using the Backblaze web user interface, Cyberduck or any other tool which allows you to retrieve files from B2.

          “Cloudberry’s application is for backup. The Cloudberry agent on the Synology is taking a snapshot of your files at a given point of time. In Cloudberry – you can specify compression, encryption, scheduling and retention settings too. When you go to restore your files – you can restore any snapshot. However, you do need to use a Cloudberry client to perform the restore. Cloudberry is supported on Mac, Windows, Linux and certain NAS devices.