Enabling backups in Backup Manager
Two types of backups are available:
- Schedule-based backups (run on a certain day/time basis)
- Frequency-based backups (run at a specified interval) - available starting from version 18.4
The computer must be turned on during backups and must not enter the sleep mode.
Be aware that in order to successfully restore using the Virtual Disaster Recovery or Bare Metal Recovery methods, you must back up the full Files and Folders data source (the whole system disk
C:\ or any other depending on the configuration of your computer)
Step 1. Configure backup selection
Open the Backup tab in the Backup Manager and specify what to back up.
Firstly, click Add next to the data source you want to back up.
Then select the files, folders or components (such as databases, virtual disks and so on) to back up. Here is an example for the "Files and Folders" data source.
You can let the Backup Manager help you choose data for backup. The feature is called Automatic File Selection.
To make sure all necessary data has been included into your backup selection, click on the name of the data source.
If you clear your backup selection after at least one backup has been completed, you will be offered to remove all backup copies of these files from the Cloud. The action is irreversible.
Step 2. Start backup
Option A: Start a one-time backup
You can initialize a backup manually at any time. Open the Backup tab and click Run backup.
The Run backup button is unavailable until at least one data source is configured for backup.
The duration of the backup process depends on the size of your backup selection, the data transfer speed and the performance of your computer.
Option B (recommended): Enable regular backups
It is most convenient to set up a backup schedule and let backups run automatically without your interference. You can create multiple schedules for each device, for example if you want Files and Folders to run at 9 am but you want Files and Folders, System State and MySQL to run at 9 pm.
To create a backup schedule or edit existing schedules, go to Preferences > Schedule.
To enable frequency-based backups on a device, create a backup profile with required backup settings and apply the profile to the device. See Backup profiles in Backup Management Console for detailed instructions.
After the profile has been applied, the new backup settings will be displayed under Preferences > Schedule in the Backup Manager. However, all editing is done through the profiles in the Backup Management Console.