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This article applies to versions 6 and 7.

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Back up networked storage or NAS devices

Who is this article for?

Code42 for EnterpriseSee product plans and features
CrashPlan for Small Business 

CrashPlan for Small Business, yes.

Code42 for Enterprise, yes.

Link: Product plans and features.

This article applies to versions 6 and 7.

Other available versions:

Version 5 | Version 4Link: What version am I on?

Overview

Code42 supports backing up files that reside on network attached storage (NAS) on Mac and Linux. Storage must be mounted in order for the Code42 app to access it. This article provides information about mounting NAS on the supported operating systems.

Considerations

  • Code42 doesn't support backing up NAS on Windows. This is due to an operating system-level restriction built into Windows.
  • Backing up files that reside on a NAS device results in slower backup performance because each data block must be translated into a network packet.
  • If the NAS device is shared by multiple users, it increases the possibility of locked or open files. Locked or open files may not be backed up reliably. To minimize the number of these files, we recommend changing the default Backup changes every setting from 15 minutes to one hour and deselecting the Back up open files setting. 
  • The Code42 app can struggle to back up NAS devices containing many terabytes of storage. If the amount of data on your NAS device exceeds 1 TB, see Adjust Code42 app settings for memory usage with large backups
  • Code42 does not test NAS devices. Therefore, we cannot predict performance problems or other issues that may arise from use of particular NAS devices. 
  • On a Mac, file verification scans are required to detect changes to files on a NAS device.
  • A NAS device can stop backing up on a Mac if the device fails to mount properly. To remedy the problem, see External drive stops backing up on Mac.

Mac

Mount the drive

On a Mac, NAS drives and other network drives must be mounted to your device in order for the Code42 app to access them. Consult your operating system documentation for information on mounting the drive to your device. If the drive is mounted, the left-hand pane of the Finder window shows the drive with an eject arrow next to it. After the drive is mounted, add files and folders on the networked drive to your file selection.

Automatically mount the drive upon login

If you have a NAS drive that you want to back up or use as a backup destination, set it to automatically mount each time you sign in to the computer.

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select Users and Groups.
    Older versions of Mac operating systems may list this as Accounts.
  3. Select Login Items.
  4. Click + to add an item.
  5. In the Finder window that opens, select the mounted share.
  6. Add files and folders on the networked drive to your file selection.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu's official documentation provides information on how to mount networked drives. After the drive is mounted, add files and folders on the networked drive to your backup file selection.