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The Backup activity lets you create a plan customized for the content, storage device, and schedule of your choosing. Backup is available for the Windows version of Toolkit.
Toolkit backs up your data but excludes program files, application data, temporary files, and other types of system files and folders.
Toolkit initially saves a full backup of the selected data to your storage device when a Backup plan is created. With successive backups, Seagate only saves the data that has changed since the preceding backup. This helps reduce the time and space required for each scheduled backup.
When Toolkit backs up files to your external storage device, it creates the following folder hierarchy on the drive:
Within the \Toolkit\Backup\Name\c\ folder, your backed up files are typically in a copy of the source user folder, however, this may vary depending on the settings you chose for the Backup plan.
When you update files on your computer, your Backup plan will copy the previous version to the following archive folder:
You can quickly back up personal files with just a few clicks. Your personal files include all non-system files on Windows.
Toolkit backs up your personal files and creates a new backup plan. The plan is set to continuously back up personal files to the storage device whenever files are added to your computer or changed. You can change details of the auto-generated plan—see Edit a backup plan.
A custom Backup plan lets you choose the content, device, and schedule for your backups.
Toolkit guides you through the steps needed to define your Backup plan.
There are two ways to select the content to include in your backups: Basic and Advanced.
|All files||Windows root drive|
|Personal files||User folder|
|Selecting multiple items|
|You can select (highlight) multiple items using the Shift or Ctrl key on your keyboard.
To select a series of items in a list:
Your changes are saved. Toolkit backs up selected folders at the scheduled time when:
To pause the backup plan:
Alternatively, you can click on the Backup activity to go to the Backup screen, and then click Pause.
To resume the backup plan:
Alternatively, you can click on the Backup activity to go to the Backup screen, and then click Resume.
You can change the content, destination, and schedule of your Backup plan.
You can review a report of backup activity. The report lists files that were not backed up or only partially backed up, and includes details on the cause as well as file paths on the host computer and backup drive.
In legacy versions of Toolkit, Pause/Resume, Edit, Delete, and Report actions are accessed through a menu on the Backup screen:
Click Toolkit Backup FAQ for answers to common questions about creating and using Backup plans.