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How to shut down a Synology NAS

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There may be a time that arises when you need to shut down a Synology NAS. Thankfully, it’s a straightforward process that can be achieved with a few simple methods. This guide will run you through the process of gracefully shutting down your Synology enclosure, as well as how to set up automated commands.

How to shut down Synology NAS with DSM

The primary method in shutting down a Synology NAS involves the use of the company’s DiskStation Manager (DSM) OS. This process takes two clicks:

  1. Click on the user icon in the top-right of the web admin UI.
  2. Choose Shut Down.
  3. Confirm you wish to shut down the NAS by choosing Yes.
Synology DSM Shutting Down
Shutting Down a Synology NAS. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Wait for the NAS to gracefully shut down.

How to shut down Synology NAS with the power button

Using DSM is not a requirement for shutting down the best Synology NAS. It’s possible to use the physical power button on the enclosure itself, which negates the need to log into the web admin UI.

  1. Press and hold the power button for approximately five seconds. (The status indicator should start flashing.)
  2. Wait for the NAS to gracefully shut down.

How to schedule shutdowns in Synology DSM

Fancy becoming a wizard with a magical NAS that can shut itself down on a regular basis? You can achieve this within DSM by using Synology’s Power Schedule feature. Here’s how to set up automated power commands:

  1. Click on Control Panel on the Synology DSM desktop.
Synology DSM 7 Control Panel
Entering Control Panel in Synology DSM 7. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Click on Hardware & Power.
Hardware & Power Synology DSM 7
Selecting Hardware & Power in Synology DSM 7 Control Panel. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Click on Power Schedule. This displays all the automated power commands.
  2. Click on Create to set up a new command.
Shutting Down Synology NAS
Creating a power schedule in DSM 7. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Select the shutdown command from the drop-down menu.
  2. Select the date and time for this action to take place.
Shutting Down Synology NAS
Shutting down a Synology NAS. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Click OK to confirm the selection.
  2. Click on Apply to save the changes.

Enclosures and the best NAS drives specifically designed for this hardware are built to run continuously. I wouldn’t recommend shutting down the NAS regularly unless required to do so from a service or application running on the server.

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