Virtual drive for quick access to backups
You can create a virtual drive in your Windows file system to have access to your backup data. You can copy or drag and drop files to a local drive from there.
Use the virtual drive to quickly restore selected files or directories from any backup session.
The Virtual Drive utility relies on the Backup Manager installation.
- The Backup Manager must be installed prior to the Virtual Drive installation.
- The version of the Virtual Drive must be same as the Backup Manager. You will get a warning message in case of version incompatibility.
After the Virtual Drive has been installed, it will be automatically updated with each Backup Manager update.
The version incompatibility warning may appear after successfully updating the backup software to version 18.4. This is a known issue that will be fixed in the next version. Please ignore the warning and restart the machine as prompted.
The Virtual Drive is a Windows utility. You can install the Virtual Drive through a set-up wizard or use command-line installation.
When the installation is completed, a new local drive appears in the system, along with the regular "C:", "D:", and "E:" (DVD) drives. The drive is named "B:" unless this letter is already taken. You can specify any other letter using the
InitialVirtualDriveLetter parameter in the configuration file.
To use the silent installation mode, start cmd.exe and run the following command:
mxb-vd-windows-x64.exe /S /D=C:\Program Files\VD
mxb-vd-windows-x64.exeis the name of the installation file you have downloaded.
/Sstands for the silent installation mode.
/Dfollowed by a directory path indicates where you want to install the Virtual Drive.
This parameter must be the last parameter on the command line and must not contain quotes, even if the path contains spaces.
-InitialVirtualDriveLetteris an optional parameter that (if used) must be placed before the path. It lets you customize the letter the Virtual Drive is mounted to during installation, for example
If this parameter is used after the path, installation will not be completed.
Virtual Drive settings
The Virtual Drive is usually used with predefined settings. If needed, advanced users can change them through the configuration file (config.ini).
- Open the config.ini file.
- Add the
[VirtualDrive]section (if it is not there yet).
- Populate the section with the parameters you want to configure as shown in the example below.
- Restart the internal backup process to apply the new settings (view instructions).
[VirtualDrive] ShowAllSessions=1 VirtualDriveRestoreCacheType=memory
The settings listed below are disabled by default (set to
=0). To enable any of them, change
ShowLatestAvailableFiles– gives you access to files that were removed or excluded from the backup selection.
ShowAllSessions– gives you access to failed backup sessions (on condition that some valid data got successfully backed up).
ExtendedVirtualDriveLogging– starts extended logging. The logs are written down to the application log. Keep in mind that the logs can take up a considerable amount of disk space.
The following setting is enabled by default (set to
VirtualDriveRestoreCacheEnabled– starts Virtual Drive caching to speed up viewing and copying large data sets.
VirtualDriveRestoreCacheType– defines a storage type for Virtual Drive cache. Supported values:
VirtualDriveRestoreCacheTypeis set to
memory, the cache files are kept in the operation memory (it helps improve performance). When
VirtualDriveRestoreCacheTypeis set to
FS, the cache is saved to the file system (your hard disk). This can lower overall performance but lets you allocate more space for the cache.
VirtualDriveRestoreCacheLocation– defines a directory that the cache is written to (if
VirtualDriveRestoreCacheLocationis set to
FS). By default, the value is set to your temporary folder. You can change it to any other location, for example:
VirtualDriveRestoreCacheSizeLimitInMb– defines the maximum memory or disk size (set to
256MB by default).
InitialVirtualDriveLetter– the drive letter the Virtual Drive must use (instead of the default "B:" drive). In case the specified letter is taken, the Virtual Drive will search for the next available letter in the alphabet. For example, if
InitialVirtualDriveLetter=M, the Virtual Drive is mounted to the "M:" drive. If this is not possible, it will try "N" and so on.
If the cache folder becomes too large, you can clear the contents without issue.
Uninstalling Virtual Drive
Use the Control Panel to uninstall the Virtual Drive.
- Go to Programs > Uninstall a program.
- Select Virtual Drive and click Uninstall.
If you make changes within the data on the Virtual Drive, these changes will not be reflected in the data kept on the cloud.