How to use Synology Hyper Backup with Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage and B2 Fireball Rapid Ingest How to use Synology Hyper Backup with Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage and B2 Fireball Rapid Ingest

How to use Synology Hyper Backup with Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage and B2 Fireball Rapid Ingest

Dan Dan

B2 Fireball Guide: Creating and Relinking a Hyper Backup Job


Synology NAS owners can now create Hyper Backup jobs and use a B2 Fireball as the destination.


You may find this guide useful if:

  • You have a Synology NAS.
  • You do not have a backup in B2 Cloud Storage, but would like to.
  • Your internet connection is not fast enough to complete the initial backup in a reasonable amount of time.


This guide will cover the following topics:

  • Physical setup of the Fireball.
  • Connecting the Fireball to your network
  • Mounting your DataForB2 Share Folder.
  • Enabling rsync on Synology devices
  • Creating a Hyper Backup job on your personal Synology device.
  • Returning the Fireball
  • Relinking to your Hyper Backup job  




Not what you’re looking for? If you are a Fireball customer looking for our standard upload guide, you can find it here: How to Upload Files to B2 Using Fireball


Ready to order your B2 Fireball? Visit our B2 Fireball Home Page and sign in to order. If you do not have a Backblaze account yet, you can sign up from the same page.




Let’s get started.

1. Unpack and set up the Synology NAS

Backblaze ships the Synology NAS without the drives trays installed to better protect both NAS and drives. The disks are installed in trays, and the trays need to be placed into the NAS. The disks can be installed in any order.

Please note: Although the illustration shows only two drive bays, all eight of the included drives must be inserted into the Synology NAS.


 2. Connect the Fireball NAS to the network

The Fireball NAS must be connected directly to the network. At a small office, this might be a network switch or router.

  • The NAS cannot be directly connected to a computer. The NAS supports only a direct network connection via either the 1GigE or 10GigE ports.
  • The NAS should not be connected to the data source over a wireless connection. Wireless (Wi-Fi) connections have limited bandwidth, and data transfer will take much longer than with a direct connection. Also, network traffic to other devices on the wireless network can suffer performance loss when competing for bandwidth with the NAS.
  • Connect the power cable to the NAS, plug the NAS in, and then turn it on with the power button.

 3. Get your Fireball's password and encryption key

  • The username for all Fireballs is always “backblaze”. To obtain this particular Fireball’s password and encryption key:
  • Keep these credentials accessible- you will need them in later in step 6F.

 4. Enter your Fireball's password and encryption key on your Fireball

To protect customer data, all data sent to Backblaze on the NAS is encrypted.

  1. Visit to scan your local network for all Synology devices.
  2. Double click the Fireball in the list, and your browser should connect directly to the Fireball's web page
  3. If no Fireballs are detected, double check your network connection with the Fireball, ensuring it's on the same subnet as your computer
  4. Log in using 'backblaze' as the username and the password you obtained from your B2 account
  5. In the browser window, navigate to ‘Control Panel’
  6. Navigate to ‘Shared Folder’
  7. Click once on ‘DataForB2’to select it
  8. Click on ‘Encryption’
  9. Choose ‘Mount’
  10. Enter the encryption key you obtained from your B2 account to mount the encrypted Shared Folder.

Please Note: The encryption key is kept only in volatile storage (in memory) on the Fireball. Every time the NAS is powered down or reset, this configuration information (the encryption key) must be re-entered.


5. Enable rsync on the Fireball and your personal Synology NAS.

  1. From the Synology DSM, navigate to the Control Panel
  2. Open File Services under the File Sharing section.
  3. Click the ‘rsync’ tab
  4. Check the ‘Enable sync service’ box.
  5. Click ‘Apply
  6. Repeat this step on your Synology device so that both devices have rsync enabled.


6. Create and finish your Hyper Backup job from your Synology device


  1. Sign in to the Synology DSM for your personal Synology device (not the Fireball)
  2. Install Hyper Backup from the Package Center
  3. Open Hyper Backup
  4. Click the + in the bottom left corner of the window, select ‘Data backup task
  5. Choose the ‘rsync’ Backup Destination, then click ‘Next

  1. Create your backup task, then click Next. Recommended settings are. . .
      1. Server type: Synology rsync server
      2. Server name or IP Address: fireball123.local (replace 123 with the number of your personal Fireball order)
      3. Transfer encryption: Off
      4. Port: 873
      5. Username: backblaze
      6. Password: see Step 3 of this guide.
      7. Shared Folder: select the ‘DataForB2’ folder.
      8. Directory: this will auto-fill, leave as is.
  1. Complete the setup by customizing your Data Backup settings, Application Backup settings, Backup Settings, and Rotation Settings. When you’re finished, you can choose to start the backup immediately.
  2. Let the backup finish. When you see the Success indicator in Hyper Backup, you’ll know that the backup is complete.


7. Return NAS settings to default, and shut down the NAS

If you have made any changes to the NAS device specific to your environment, such as network settings, set them back to the defaults. This makes uploading the data easier when Backblaze receives the unit. Shut down the NAS from the Synology web interface.

NAS Shutdown Diagol

8. Uninstall the hard drives, repack and return the Fireball to Backblaze

To ensure the integrity of the NAS and the hard drives, uninstall the hard drives from the NAS trays, repack the drives and NAS, and send them back to Backblaze. Once received, Backblaze will connect the NAS to an internal network, and complete the file upload at network traffic speeds.

Return the Fireball unit to:

Backblaze Fireball Return

500 Ben Franklin Court

San Mateo, CA 94401




Part 2: Re-linking to your Hyper Backup Job


Once the Fireball is returned, your data will be uploaded to your B2 bucket by Backblaze’s Physical Media team. Once the upload is finished, you’ll be able to re-link your Hyper Backup job.


Note: Hyper Backup integrates with B2 Cloud Storage using our S3 Compatible API.


  1. Open Hyper Backup application in your Synology DSM
  2. Click the + in the bottom left corner of the window, select ‘Data backup task
  3. Select S3 Storage, click Next.
  4. Select the ‘Relink to existing task’ bubble.
  5. Fill in the required fields
      1. S3 server: Custom Server URL
      2. Server address: This is your bucket endpoint. Ex:
      3. Signature Version: v4
      4. Access Key & Secret Key: These are your Key ID and Application Key, respectively. To learn more about key generation, please refer to our guide.
      5. Bucket Name: choose the bucket containing the Fireball data from the drop down list.
      6. Directory: This will auto-fill, leave as is

  1. Complete the setup by customizing your Data Backup, Application Backup, Backup Settings, and Rotation Settings.
  2. Once you complete the setup wizard, it will take some time to relink. Let the relink complete and you will be finished.