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User Case: How Do I Migrate from Synology NAS to QNAP NAS?


Hi, I am planning to move from my Synology DS416 to the QNAP TVS473e. Since 4TB Harddrives are still not as cheap as I would like them to be I am looking for the easiest way to migrate my data and some settings from software installed without having to buy 4 new Harddrives. What would be the best scenario or process for me? Thanks in advance for your help. --- https://forum.qnap.com/


Hi all, I only ever owned a Synology NAS, I have a 4-bay NAS with 4 drives in RAID5, I got hold of a 6-bay QNAP enclosure and I was wondering if moving my RAID5 array is a simple swap or will I lose all my data in the process and the RAID has to be built again on the QNAP NAS? Many thanks. --- https://www.reddit.com/


Why Need to Migrate from Synology to QNAP NAS?

Before diving into the technicalities of migration, it's essential to understand why you might want to make the move. Synology and QNAP are both robust NAS platforms, but your specific needs or preferences may drive this decision. We'll explore the key motivations behind such a migration.

  • Better Performance: QNAP NAS systems often offer better hardware and processing power compared to some Synology models. Migrating to QNAP can lead to improved overall system performance, especially for tasks like media streaming, virtualization, or running resource-intensive applications.
  • More Features: QNAP may offer specific features or apps that better align with your needs or business requirements. For instance, if you require advanced virtualization support, certain surveillance features, or specific storage protocols, QNAP might provide a more suitable ecosystem.
  • Future Growth: QNAP NAS units often have a wider range of models with various storage capacities, making it easier to scale your storage as your needs grow.

2 Ways to Migrate from Synology to QNAP

Migrating data from a Synology NAS (Network Attached Storage) device to a QNAP NAS can be a straightforward process if done correctly. Here are 2 common methods to migrate your data:

1. Automatically Migrate from Synology to QNAP without Rsync

If you find that you can’t connect to QNAP NAS or Synology, you can use the professional data transfer tool---MultCloud to complete the Synology to QNAP migration operation. There is no need for you to download the installation package, you only need to log in to MultCloud in the browser to use it. In MultCloud, you can connect multiple NAS and cloud accounts and transfer, sync and backup data between them.

The professional services provided by MultCloud can help you complete the migration operation faster and easier.

✔️Any Device: As long as the device has a browser, you can operate directly on the web page.
✔️Quick Migration: You can get a dedicated data transfer server to increase the overall transfer speed.
✔️Automatic Migration: You can set a specific time to let the system automatically run the transfer task.
✔️Offline Migration: You can directly close the page or device to let the system run in the background.

The following are the specific steps. Any novice can operate it easily.

Step 1. Sign up for a free MultCloud account. Alternatively, you can use your Google, Facebook account or Apple ID to authorize the login.

Sign up
Sign up

Step 2. Click "Add Cloud" in the left column, choose the NAS icon, and then follow the prompts to add your multiple NAS accounts to MultCloud.



  • The default name of the system is NAS. You can add numbers to distinguish them, or you can directly name them QNAP and Synology respectively.
  • If you want to backup iCloud Photos to Synology, you need add iCloud Photos account first.

Step 3. Migrate Synology to QNAP using Cloud Transfer. Click "Cloud Transfer", select the path in Synology as the source, select the QNAP or a folder in it as the destination, and click "Transfer Now" to run the task.

Migrate Synology to QNAP
Migrate Synology to QNAP


  • "Options" and "Schedule" are where you set the transfer mode and automatic tasks respectively. You can set them as needed.
  • "Cloud Backup" can help you backup Synology to QNAP as well.
  • If you encounter any problems during the transfer process, you can terminate the task in the "Task List".

2. Commonly Migrate from Synology to QNAP with Rsync

If both your Synology and QNAP are working normally, you can directly use Hybrid Backup Sync (QNAP) and Hyper Backup (Synology) to operate. The entire process may be more complicated than the above. Please see the following steps in order.

Step 1. Log in to the QNAP NAS as an administrator. Install and open HBS 3.

Step 2. Go to "Services" > "Rsync Server". Enable the rsync server and click "Apply".

Enable Rsync Server on QNAP HBS 3
Enable Rsync Server on QNAP HBS 3

Step 3. On the QNAP NAS, open "Control Panel".

Step 4. Go to "Network & File Services" > "Network Access" > "Service Binding".

Step 5. Check "Enable Service Binding". Enable SSH service on the network interface you plan to transfer your data through. Then click "Apply".

Enable SSH Service on QNAP
Enable SSH Service on QNAP

Step 6. Go to the Synology NAS and create a backup task in Hyper Backup.

Create a Backup Task in Hyper Backup
Create a Backup Task in Hyper Backup

Step 7. Choose rsync copy (single-version) and configure the backup settings. Then apply it.

Choose Rsync Copy
Choose Rsync Copy 


As you reach the end of this comprehensive guide, you should be well-equipped to migrate from Synology to QNAP with confidence. Remember that a successful migration involves careful planning, precise execution, and ongoing maintenance. Whether you're making the switch for performance improvements or other reasons, QNAP offers a robust platform for your NAS needs.

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