Protect your Plex Media Library

Today we live in a digital world where a large part of our free time is spent on the couch in front of our 4k TV enjoying the latest blockbuster movies and binge worthy television shows. The trips to the local cinema to watch the latest Avengers movie are starting to become fewer and fewer where as clicking the “update library” option in Plex is becoming more frequent.

There really is nothing better then curling up on the couch, turning on your streaming media player such as a Roku, firing up Plex and watching your own curated movie and tv show collection from the comfort of your own home.

People are spending more and more time curating and building their own personal media libraries so that they can easily watch their favourite shows. One of the most popular solutions makes use of Network Attached Storage from companies such as QNAP or Synology to store all your files so they can be easily streamed to your media player. The issue that exists however is how do you keep your media safe? How do you protect yourself from losing your media files that you worked so hard to collect? Thankfully the solution is simple, create backups.

One of the easiest methods for protecting your media files on your NAS is to setup automated backups of your media that is stored on the NAS to save to external storage solutions such as Google Drive, Amazon S3 etc. With the crazy low prices of cloud storage there is really no reason not to back up your favourite media content.

The simplest way to handle backups is by using backup software such as Cloudberry Backup. CloudBerry Backup is cost effective and simple to use. Let’s take a look at what it takes to secure your Plex media library that is on your NAS.

CloudBerry Backup for QNAP

  1. Install the CloudBerry Backup plugin for QNAP
  2. Start the backup wizard by clicking the Backup Plans button in the main menu.
    plan name
  3. Select the cloud storage you want to use. For example, Amazon S3.
    storage selection
  4. On the next step select files and folders to back up. You can select several items by pressing Shift or Ctrl.
    backup source
  5. Specify compression and encryption options.
    encryption and compression
  6. Then specify Retention policy for backup. This is basically how long you want to keep copies of old duplicate files for.
  7. After that you just need to specify the backup schedule and set up notifications, if necessary.

CloudBerry Backup for Synology

  1. Install the CloudBerry Backup plugin for Synology
    Cloud Storage accounts
  2. Open CBB Synology app, move under the Settings tab and press Add on the Cloud Storage Account snippet.
    Add account
  3. In the menu appeared, choose Local and select the local drive on NAS or the network location.
  4. Start the Backup Plan Wizard and select the newly created storage account. On the Backup Source step, choose the server’s backup folder.
  5. Setup the schedule, encryption, compression and notifications and run the backup plan.
  6. Add a cloud storage account, specify access credentials and choose the bucket for backups.
    Cloud Account
  7. Create a cloud storage backup plan, choose the newly created cloud storage account and select the server’s backup datastore on the Backup Source step.
    Backup source


Once you have configured CloudBerry Backup on either your QNAP or Synology your files shall start backing up to the cloud storage service that you have configured. This will help keep your media safe should the hard drives in your NAS ever fail. Backing up files to cloud storage also gives you the added benefit of being able to acces your files when you are not at home, either on your phone or another computer. Accessing your media remotely is perfect for when you are travelling or wanting to catch up on the latest television episode whilst you are at work.

So there you have it, why run the risk of losing your personal collection of movies and tv shows when you can easily backup your library to a whole host of cloud storage providers directly from your NAS with little effort.

Jump on over to the CloudBerry Labs website to read more about the wide range of backup solutions that they offer.

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