Amazon Prime, Synology and photo backup

Few weeks ago I discovered that Amazon gives an unlimited space on its amazon drive foto service for all Amazon Prime members! If you like photography it might be interesting to backup all your pics on this free space automatically using your Synology NAS.

No limitation for all photos: jpg, tiff,png, and even all image formats and all RAW formats (Canon, Nikon, Sony etc..)

Synology provides an app called “Cloud Sync” which can be found on their Package Center

Once installed you can easily configure a daily/weekly backup task which performs all checks and synchronization between your local folder containing images (on the NAS) and the Amazon Drive Foto. For example I have a Lightroom library on my Synology called /photo. On the amazon drive foto I found the /Immagini folder already created by amazon drive at first login. The only thing I had to do was to set this simple task. It copies from /photo to /Immagini.

If you click on the Edit button of the image above you can nicely define the Synchronization Direction:  Bidirectional, Download remote changes only, Upload local changes only.

I selected “Upload local changes only” since I want Amazon Drive as a carbon copy of the NAS, but that’s just my choice, also bidirectional would be fine for copying data from NAS to Amazon Drive Foto and viceversa. What really surprised me it’s that this service works even with RAW files, so it recognize all different raw files and allows you to store them on an unlimited cloud space. It’s an awesome feature for all photographers and raw shooters!



  1. Nigel Williams May 21, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks Alessandro – this is just what I was hoping! I’ve been manually uploading raw files from my MacBook to Amazon Drive which is a bit fiddly but works fine and is free (as a Prime member). I’ve now taken the plunge and ordered a Synology DS218j (from Amazon) which arrives tomorrow. I’ll be setting up exactly what you describe, my Lightroom photo library on the Synology, catalog on the MacBook, and then everything backed up to Amazon Drive. Happy days!

    1. ale May 21, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Glad to be of help Nigel. That sounds good. I’m sure you’re gonna love your Syno 😉

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