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Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Backup



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Table of Contents:

  1. Backup Overview
  2. System Backup
  3. Data Backup
  4. Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Useful Links

NOTE: Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 is no longer shipped in Dell systems. This article is provided for legacy user information only.

CAUTION: Before upgrading your system to Windows 10 you must have the latest updates to Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 installed to ensure that the software will work after the upgrade. For more information please see the following article Dell Backup and Recovery (DBAR) and Windows 10

1. Backup Overview

Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 enables a user to create a System Backup and Data Backup.

The user can access the following options upon entering the Backup screen:

  • System Backup
  • Data Backup

Each of these options are explained in more detail within this article.

The Difference Between System Backups and Data Backups

System Backups store snapshots of the User Partition at a certain point in time. The snapshots include the operating system, registry, drivers, software applications and data files, as well as system areas hidden from the user.

Data Backup is a backup archive of a file or a group of files containing a copy of selected file/folder contents. When you create a Data Backup, only the data, along with the folder tree, are compressed and stored.

NOTE:
  • Data backup on a network drive is not supported.
  • System Backup, Scheduled Data Backup, and Continuous Data Protection are features that are available to Premium users only.
  • Upgrade to Premium version of Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 is a one-time purchase
  • Data backup can be done onto a local drive or an external USB drive.

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2. System Backup

NOTE:
  • This feature is available only in the Premium Edition of Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8
  • Backup on a network drive is not supported

Overview

System Backup is a snapshot of all the programs, system settings, and files on your main hard drive and can be used to restore your system. Here, the user can set the backup parameters like setting the location for system backups, scheduling backups and setting the frequency of backups.

To create a System backup, you are required to select from the following options

Where

  • External - Click this tile to set the System Backup location on an external drive.
  • Local - Click this tile to set the System Backup location on the local drive.

When

  • Scheduled - Click this tile to schedule the backup frequency. It can be set to daily, weekly or monthly.
  • Manual - Click this tile to do a manual backup.

More Options

More options (located on the top right side) - Click this to configure the System Backup settings. The available settings under More options are explained here.

Quotas

System Backups can be stored in a protected area on the local hard drive and used for system recovery. The user can select the size on the hard drive that can be used for this in Quotas. By default, it is set to 25% of the hard drive and it can be set to a maximum of 30%

NOTE: The space allocated under Quotas will be in a protected area on the hard drive and will not be available for normal use.

File exclusions

The user can exclude files by category (Pictures, Music or Videos) or by size, by setting the maximum file size that can be backed up.

NOTE:
  • Pictures exclusion will omit all of the following file types: .bmp .jpg .jpeg .gif .png .tif and .tiff extensions.
  • Music exclusion will omit all the following file types: .aac .ac3 .aiff .au .m4p .mp1 .mp2 .mp3 .ogg .omf .ra .ram .rm and .wma extensions.
  • Videos exclusion will omit all of the following file types: .asf .avi .divx .dv .mlv .m2p .m2v .moov .mov .mpeg .mpg .mpv .mkv .ogm .omf .qt .ra .ram .rm .rmj .swf .vob .wmv and .wm extensions.
  • Size exclusions will exclude any single file that is the same size or larger than the selected file size.

File Cleanup

The user can delete, archive, or merge System Backups in File Cleanup

  • Delete System Backups - The user can delete backups to free space on the storage device.
  • Archive System Backups - The user can move backups to recordable discs to free space on the storage device.
  • Merge System Backups - The user can keep the most recently backed up version of each file and delete all older versions of that file.

Instant Restore

This is a new feature in Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8, which is enabled by default at the factory. This feature backs up the Windows Registry, Windows System Files and drivers, and places them at a protected location in the computer.

If the computer is not booting into the operating system, it will boot to the Recovery Environment and run Smart Repair. If Smart Repair does not resolve the issue, the Instant Restore feature will be initiated automatically and the tool will restore the computer to its last known good state.

NOTE:
  • Dell recommends Instant Restore Feature to be always set to ON.
  • The Instant Restore Feature can be turned on or off using the slider.
  • The number of snapshots to keep can be changed from 1 to 4.

Miscellaneous

Here users can set the Overlay Icon Status and Context Menu Status to ON or OFF.

  • Overlay Icon Status - This allows the user to easily identify which files have been backed up.
  • Context Menu Status - This allows the user to right click on the files or folders and go directly to the data recovery screen for that selection.
NOTE: Changes to these settings take effect only after a system reboot.

Recommended Configuration

Dell recommends using settings as a guideline for the best configuration for System Backup.

  • The external hard drive being used should be larger than the amount of data that is being backed up. It is recommended that the hard drive is several times larger than the amount of data.
  • It is recommended that the System Backup be done on to the same hard drive that was used to create the Factory Recovery Media so that the user is able to restore the system to the latest System Backup in case of a failure.
  • Schedule System Backups to occur on a regular basis; monthly, weekly or daily depending on how often the data on the system changes.
  • Make sure the external hard drive is connected to the system when the scheduled back up is to occur.
  • Regularly check System Backups to make sure that they are performing as expected.
    • Check the Activity Logs by clicking ? on the top right hand side of the application.
    • Go to Restore Data and check to see if new files included in this System Backup are available to restore.

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3. Data Backup

Overview

Data Backup is a backup of a file or a group of files containing a copy of selected file/folder contents. Data Backups can be stored to the local device or an external hard drive. a

Users of the basic version can back up data manually, and users of the Premium version can back up data by schedule or continuously (in real time).

NOTE: Data backup on a network drive is not supported.

  • Local - Click this tile to configure the backup settings locally or on to an external hard drive.

The options available in each of these tiles are explained below.

Local

From the Data Backup Creation screen, you can select from the following options:

  • Browse - Click this tile to find and set the Data Backup location.
  • Continuous - Click this tile to enable continuous real time data protection.
  • Scheduled - Click this tile to schedule the back up frequency. It can be set to daily, weekly, or monthly.
  • Manual - Click this tile to do a manual backup.
  • More options located on the top right side - Click this to configure the Data Backup settings. The available settings under More Options are explained in detail below.
NOTE: The user can the set types of files to be included in the backup by selecting the Documents, Pictures, Music or Videos tiles which are located below the Browse tile. Additionally, more files can be included in the backup by clicking on the Add more files button.

More options (Data Backup settings)

Located on the top right side - Click this to configure the Data Backup settings.

Continuous Backup File Selection - The user can select files or folders to be included for continuous data protection.

Continuous Backup Settings - The user can set the number of backup versions to retain and the minimum delay between backup versions for continuous data protection.

File selection - The user can select any additional files or folders that need to be included for the Data Backup.

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5. Dell Backup and Recovery: Useful Links

Dell Backup and Recovery Website

Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Overview and Install

Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Factory Recovery Media

Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Recovery

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Article ID: SLN297583

Last Date Modified: 09/19/2017 02:22 PM


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