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Toolkit User Manual
Toolkit User Manual

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Backup Activity (Windows Only)

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.

File types and procedure

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.

Set up a quick backup

You can quickly back up personal files with just a few clicks. Your personal files include all non-system files on Windows.

  1. Open Toolkit.
  2. On the Main Menu, click Backup.
  3. Click Back Up Now.
  Back Up Now is not an available option if you’ve already created a Backup plan.

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.

Create a custom backup plan

A custom Backup plan lets you choose the content, device, and schedule for your backups.

  1. Open Toolkit.
  2. On the Main Menu, click on the Backup activity.
  3. Click Custom.
  4. Proceed through the steps in Define your Backup plan.

Edit a backup plan

You can change the content, destination, and schedule of your Backup plan.

  1. Open Toolkit.
  2. On the Main Menu, click on the Backup activity.
  3. Click on the More icon () and select Edit.
  4. Proceed through the steps in Define your Backup plan.

Define your backup plan

Toolkit guides you through the steps needed to define your Backup plan.

Step 1: Select content

There are two ways to select the content to include in your backups: Basic and Advanced.

Basic

  1. Click the checkboxes to include non-system files and folders in the following:
All files Windows root drive
Personal files User folder
Documents Documents library
Music Music library
Pictures Pictures library
Videos Videos library
  1. When you’re finished selecting content, click Next.

Advanced

  1. To select content with greater control, click Advanced.
  2. Use the sidebar and the content window to manually select files and folders.
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:

  1. Click on the first folder.
  2. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard.
  3. Click on the last folder.
To select multiple, non-consecutive items anywhere on the computer:

  1. Click on a folder.
  2. Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard.
  3. Continue to click on folders.
When you’re finished selecting content, click Next.

Step 2: Select the destination drive

  1. Click the destination drive for your backup.
  2. Once you’ve selected a device, click Next.

Step 3: Schedule backups

  1. Click on a time period to select how often you want to back up your content.
  2. Adjust settings for the selected time period, for example, selecting a specific hour or day.
  3. Click Start Backup.

Your changes are saved. Toolkit backs up selected folders at the scheduled time when:

  • Your PC is on.
  • Your storage device is connected to the PC.
  • Toolkit is running.
 A continuous backup plan saves a file whenever you add or remove content or update a file. While continuous backups provide greater flexibility to restore specific data, it uses more system resources.

Pause/resume a backup plan

You can pause your scheduled backups.

  1. Open Toolkit.
  2. On the Main Menu, click on the Backup activity.
  3. Click Pause on your drive.

To resume the backup plan, return to the Backup screen and click Resume.

Delete a backup plan

  1. Open Toolkit.
  2. On the Main Menu, click on the Backup activity.
  3. Click the More icon () and select Delete.
  4. (optional) If you want to remove all files that have been backed up to the device, select the checkbox next to Delete all files backed up to the device.
  5. Click Delete to confirm.

Restore files

  1. Open Toolkit.
  2. On the Main Menu, click on the Backup activity.
  3. Click the More icon () select Restore.
  4. Proceed through the steps.

View report

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.

  1. Open Toolkit.
  2. On the Main Menu, click on the Backup activity.
  3. Click the More icon () and select Report.