How to backup and restore your data using Cobian BackupBy YourHighness on September 27, 2006 | Last Updated: February 27, 2012 | Read 117,921 times.
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As many of you know, today's digital world comes with a lot of things that make our daily life easier. However, as time goes on you rely more and more on the information stored on your PC. No one is completely safe from power outages, corrupt hard disks, an infected system through a backdoor or trojan, or even a fire. To make sure that a computer can easily be restored to a previous point, software developers created what is called backup software or imaging software.
The first step is to download the software from the author's page. You will find a download link at the bottom of that site and the current version of the software is version 8 (Black Moon).
At this point you have successfully installed Cobian Backup. A small black half moon should now be showing in your taskbar at the bottom right of your screen near your time. This taskbar icon will look like this:
Now that the program has been installed, lets move on to learning how to use it.
To open Cobian Backup, you go to the black half moon icon located on your taskbar and right-click the icon. Then left-click on the Open option.
The program is pretty much pre-configured, but if you don't want empty folders in your backups, you can select the Engine category on the left-hand-side menu and then from there put a check mark next to Delete empty folders. When done press the OK button to exit the Options screen.
We now need to create a new task to start the backup. To do this, you just need to click the clipboard icon which looks like this : .
Figure 1. Backup Task Properties
While still in the properties window click on the Archive option, as shown in Figure 2 below, which is located in the left-hand-side menu. This lets us set how we would like the backups archived. We have two options to choose, SQX or Zip. SQX provides better compression, thus saving storage space on your computer, but I still suggest Zip compression so that you can extract the files from a backup more easily. This is because most compression tools support ZIP compression and the latest versions of Windows (XP, 2003, Vista) have zip manipulation tools built into the operating system.
Figure 2: Backup Job Archive Settings
It is also possible to enter a comment, to protect your backup with a password, or to encrypt your backup. Each of these options are illustrated in Figure 2 above.
To finish off our preparation, we need to select a source and a destination. The source is the files, directories, ftp site, etc that we want to backup. The destination is where the backup will be created. To start, lets choose the data we want to backup by clicking the Files option on the left-hand-side menu. This will present you with a screen similar to Figure 3 below:
Figure 3. Select the data you want to backup.
To add data to be backed up you need to click on the Add button under the Source window. This will present you with 4 options. These options are described below.
In our example, we will manually select the directory we want to backup by clicking on the Add button under Source and then selecting Manually. At the window that pops up we type C:\ and press the OK button. You should now see the C:\ folder in your Source window. This job will now backup up everything on the C: drive.
Next we need to specify where to create the backup file. In our example we want to store the backups in our G:\ folder. So I click on the Add button under the Destination window and then click on Manually. I then type in G:\ and press the OK button. Once I click on the OK button, if the directory does not exist, it will be created.
Once we have selected all our settings for our backup job, we then press the OK button at the bottom of the properties window. This will bring us back to the main Cobian Backup screen and you will now see our new backup job listed on the left hand side of the screen as shown in Figure 4 below.
Your backup will now start, and when completed, the backup will appear in the G:\ folder.
As you have seen in this tutorial, backing up your data can be done free of charge and in with little of your time. Having these backups on hand can save you a lot of trouble and stress when having power problems, infected machines, corrupt hard drives , or just when you need to reinstall the operating system. At the top of the page you will also find a companion video that summarizes the steps taken in this tutorial.
If you have any further questions you can find some additional information in the help files of the software or post your questions in our forum.
Written by: YourHighness
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