How to shut down a Synology NAS


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.
Synology DSM Shutdown Tutorial
The shutdown option in Synology DSM. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Confirm you wish to shut down the NAS by choosing Yes.
Synology DSM Shutdown Tutorial
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.
Control Panel Synology Tutorial
Control Panel shortcut in Synology DSM. (Source: NAS Master)
  1. Click on Hardware & Power.
Synology DSM Control Panel Power Tutorial
Selecting Hardware & Power in 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.
Synology DSM Power Schedule
Synology DSM Power Schedule. (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.
Synology DSM Power Scheduler
Synology DSM Power Scheduler. (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.

By Richard Edmonds

I've been covering the tech industry for more than a decade and have tinkered with NAS for just as long. Follow my ramblings and more right here on NAS Master!

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