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Virtual Drive

It can be time-consuming to perform a full restoration when only a few files are required from the backup set. Rather than go through this process the Virtual Drive utility mounts a read-only virtual drive on the target machine allow access to all of the device’s backup contents from the online storage or LocalSpeedVault (where configured) through a file browser, acting like a physical drive on the local computer.

Install the Virtual Drive

The Virtual Drive is deployed on the device the files are to be recovered from and is available from the Backup & Recovery menu of the Dashboard, choose Download then select the version that corresponds to the architecture of the device the Virtual Drive is to be deployed on:

Architecture

Version

32-bit systems

Virtual Drive Windows x86

64-bit systems

Virtual Drive Windows x64

The latest versions of these files is also available from the Backup & Recovery Tools page.

Manual Install

Navigate to the download location when complete and click on the executable to run the setup wizard, change the Destination Folder and follow the prompts to complete the installation process.

mob_vdrive_start mob_vdrive_location

Silent Install

In addition to manual installs, the Virtual Drive may be deployed silently using the following command:

version.exe /S /D=install_location

Switch

Note

version

Downloaded version of Virtual Drive

/S

Silent install mode

/D=install_location

Directory to install Virtual Drive in

For example:

32-Bit

managed-online-backup-vd-15.10.0.15298-windows-x86.exe /S /D=C:\Program Files\VD

64-Bit

managed-online-backup-vd-15.10.0.15298-windows-x64.exe /S /D=C:\Program Files\VD

Virtual Drive Usage

Regardless of the deployment method, once the installation is complete a new local drive appears in the system (please note that depending on the system a reboot may be required), by default the Virtual Drive is named B: unless this drive letter is already taken, in which case another drive letter is assigned.

For ease of navigation the Virtual Drive retains the directory structure from the Backup Manager, with the contents of the sessions including the date, time and restore tree maintained.

To recover a file simply go to the required file in the Virtual Drive then move it to the target location, for example using cut & paste or drag & drop.

The file can also be opened directly from within the Virtual Drive, just select the file and open with the relevant program, for example view images in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer or run video clips in Windows Media Player all with the usual options.

Virtual Drive incorporates Delta Restore and Restore on Demand technology which performs recoveries at the brick level and minimizes the amount of data transferred. By transmitting only necessary data, greater network efficiency and maximized file transfer speeds are assured.

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Configure Virtual Drive (Advanced Settings)

In the majority of cases the Virtual Drive is used with the default settings, however we have included the ability for advanced users to manage these settings (if required) through the Backup Manager's config.ini file found in the Backup Manager installation folder on the target device: for example C:\Program Files\Backup Manager.

Simply open the config.ini file, add a [VirtualDrive] section, enter the required settings and save once complete to apply.

The first setting (ShowLatestAvailableFiles) was introduced in version 13.6, with the additional options included from 14.2 onwards.

Enableable Settings

The below options may be enabled or disabled as required by changing their settings to either 0 (disabled) or 1 (enabled).

Please note that the following settings are disabled (0) by default.

ShowLatestAvailableFiles

Provides access to files that were removed or excluded from the backup selection.

ShowAllSessions

Provides access to failed backup sessions (on condition that at least some valid data was successfully backed up).

ExtendedVirtualDriveLogging

Initiates extended logging with the information written to the BackupFP log file. Please be aware that as this enhanced logging writes additional data to the log file it may take a considerable amount of space.

The following setting is enabled by default (1):

VirtualDriveRestoreCacheEnabled

Enables Virtual Drive caching which improves performance by increasing the speed of viewing and writing large data sets.

Configurable Settings

The below options may be configured as required by entering the target value.

VirtualDriveRestoreCacheType

Select a storage type for the Virtual Drive cache. Supported values:

memory

The cache files are kept in the operation memory to help improve performance (default)

FS

The cache is saved to the file system (hard disk). This may lower overall performance, but allows the allocation of more space for the cache.

VirtualDriveRestoreCacheLocation

Specifies the directory the cache is written to where VirtualDriveRestoreCacheType is set to FS. This defaults to the temporary folder, but another location may be specified. For example: C:\virtual-drive\vd-restore-cache.

VirtualDriveRestoreCacheSizeLimitInMb

Define the maximum memory or disk size (set to 256 MB by default).

For example:

[VirtualDrive]

VirtualDriveRestoreCacheEnabled=1
VirtualDriveRestoreCacheType=FS
VirtualDriveRestoreCacheLocation=C:\VDCACHE\
VirtualDriveRestoreCacheSizeLimitInMb=102400