Migrate Data to the Storage Sync NETGEAR ReadyNAS Device

Overview


The best way to migrate data onto the NETGEAR NAS device is by using rsync or WinSCP to ensure that timestamps are retained. rsync is available on Mac and Linux. WinSCP can be used if you are not comfortable with using command lines and would prefer an explorer type window.

If you have opted for a Data Migration Service, the Storage Sync for NETGEAR will synchronized your NAS data with the cloud server data and will only upload or download modified or new data. 

Note: You will need to restart your Storage Sync add-on or the NAS device right after data copy is complete.

The options discussed below are recommended only for initial data migration and prior to running the initial sync. During the initial sync auto-FFS is run. For any subsequent synchronization of data migrated using the above mentioned options, a manual FFS will have to be invoked using the URL below in order to get the data synchronized:

http://NASipaddress:8806/do_force_full_sync

Option 1: rsync

This requires the SSH add-on to be installed on the NAS. You will also need an SSH tool such as Putty to SSH into the NAS.

Example 1: Copying from a Mac or Linux folder /Volumes/Data to the Netgear NAS OS 6 device.

rsync -av /Volumes/Data/ root@nas.ip.address:/data/ELC/Shared


Example 2: Copying from an existing share on the same Netgear NAS OS 6 device.

rsync -av /c/Company/ /data/ELC/Shared


Example 3: Copying data from a source NAS to another NAS device (NAS to NAS data copy).

SSH into the source NAS then cd into the source directory. The example below will copy one NAS' Shared folder contents to another NAS device.

cd /c/ELC
rsync -arvt Shared root@target.nas.ip.address:/c/ELC/

For NETGEAR NAS OS 6:

cd /data/ELC
rsync -arvt Shared root@target.nas.ip.address:/data/ELC/

Option 2: WinSCP

Install WinSCP 4.34 or higher. Use the Explorer Interface mode during setup.  

When you start WinSCP, the program will ask you for your login information. You will need to enter the following information and then click Login:

  • hostname: NAS IP Address
  • username: root
  • password: NAS admin password
  • server’s protocol: SCP

Assuming everything was entered correctly, the program will open a directory window similar to Windows Explorer. Expand /data/ELC/Shared or Private/ depending on where you are seeding the data. If you have not installed the Storage Sync for NETGEAR, you will need to manually create a Share on your NAS device named ELC. The share name is case-sensitive so ensure that you type ELC in all caps. 

You can drag files and folders to this window from another file explorer window.

Note: Do not use WinSCP for NAS to NAS data copy. See Option 1.

Location of Shared and Private folders on NAS running Netgear OS 6:

/data/ELC/Shared

/data/ELC/Private

Note: The above mentioned options are recommended only for initial data migration and prior to running the initial sync. During the initial sync auto-FFS is run. For any subsequent synchronization of data migrated using the above mentioned options, a manual FFS will have to be invoked using the URL below in order to get the data synchronized:

http://NASipaddress:8806/do_force_full_sync

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