SolarWinds Backup Help

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.

Requirements

The Virtual Drive utility relies on the Backup Manager installation.

  1. The Backup Manager must be installed prior to the Virtual Drive installation.
  2. 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.

Setup instructions

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.

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).

  1. Open the config.ini file.
  2. Add the [VirtualDrive] section (if it is not there yet).
  3. Populate the section with the parameters you want to configure as shown in the example below.
  4. Restart the internal backup process to apply the new settings (view instructions).
[VirtualDrive]
ShowAllSessions=1
VirtualDriveRestoreCacheType=memory

Uninstalling Virtual Drive

Use the Control Panel to uninstall the Virtual Drive.

  1. Go to Programs > Uninstall a program.
  1. 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.