This sections explains how to create or add a new project.
First, it is important to understand what a project is. A project is, simply, a set of files (your project) that you wish to backup and protect. InBack looks at your files as its precious project to protect.
When creating a new project for InBack to manage, you have two choices:
|1.||Creating a Normal Project. This is the standard feature of InBack, where it takes your files and copies them (backs them up) to a specific place that you designate.|
|2.||Creating a Favorites Folder. This is not to be confused with the standard Favorites folder in Windows. Within InBack, you can permanently archive files that are important to you by copying them to a "favorites" folder. The favorites folder is, then, simply some place on your computer, or removable disk that you set up for InBack to store, or archive, a file or set of files. This could be, perhaps, a final draft or version of a program that you have been working on. This folder can also be used to restore backups from other origins than your own computer.|
For information on creating and using the Favorites Folder feature please click here.
Creating or, adding a new project
Make sure that the Projects tab is at the forefront on the programs window. If it is not, click on the tab to bring it to the top.
Click on the New button (The first button on the top of the window). The New Project window will appear.
Note: If you already have projects developed in InBack, you can right mouse click on any one and choose the Insert option on the pop up window that comes up to bring up the New Project window.
The New Project window is where you select either a Normal Project or a Favorites Folder. The default selection is Normal Project. Choose Normal Project and click on the OK button. The window Adding a Project will appear.
The Adding a Project window is divided into two parts, Project Properties and Project Components.
In the Project Properties section you tell InBack where to place your back up, what to call it and what to do with it when it is finished. There are several important fields that you must fill in.
|1.||In the box labeled Name field, enter the name of this project. This name should represent whatever stuff you intend to save in this backup.|
|2.||In the Prefix field, you need to enter a UNIQUE 4 character combination. This prefix is used in the naming of your backup files. By default a prefix is automatically generated for you. You may change this to whatever you like, as long as it is unique and it should probably relate to the name of the project. |
|3.||The Destination Path is the location where you would like your backup files to be located. Click on the browse button (...) to choose a path. This can be a subdirectory on your hard disk, a network drive, or a removable drive. It is not recommended that you use a floppy drive because of speed and size issues. The directory is automatically set to back your file up to a backup file under InBack in the Programs Files folder of your C drive. You can set the default destination path to whatever you like under the Program Preferences. |
Note: Remember, if you use a location on your hard disk as the destination path, then your backup files will be lost if there is a hardware failure.
|4.||Exclude Windows Folders (from root) will filter out the "windows" folder and all its subfolders, if you try to copy the whole disk (Pro version only).|
|5.||Max Backups is the maximum number of backup files that you would like InBack to store. By default, the number is 20, but you can enter your own number. After the maximum number of backup files is created, the oldest files are automatically deleted. You should enter a number based on how frequently you make changes, how far back in time that you would like to be able to revert, and how much available disk space you have.|
|6.||Notes is a place where you can enter descriptive information about this project. Anything that you place in the Notes section will automatically be saved and added to the archive Comments every time that you execute a backup. |
|7.||The Preview button lets you view a list of all of the files that InBack will include in your new project, based on the Components, or files, that you have set up. This feature, then, is used once you have set up the structure of your backup.|
Optionally, you may fill the Send FTP, Send Email and Error Notify Tabs (Pro version only). When the project is completed, you may send the file by FTP or/and by e-mail automatically.
Once the main project parameters are set up, then it is time to add some Components to the project. Components are the files that you would like to be backed up with this project. the Project Components section of the Adding a Project window is where you tell InBack what you want backed up.
|1.||Click on the Insert button. The Adding a Project Component window appears.|
|2.||The Path: In the Path field, type in the location of the files that you wish to back up. You can also click on the Browse button (...) to locate the path. The Pick a Path window will appear and you can choose the drive and directory where the files are located.|
|3.||The Mask. In the Mask field you have two choices:|
|a.||Click on the Browse button (...) This will bring up the Mask Builder window. Click on the Masks (or, file extensions) that you wish InBack to include in your back up. You can hold the Control (Ctrl) key down and click with your mouse to choose as many as you would like.|
| || For more detailed information on Masks, please click here.|
|b.||Click on the Arrow Down button. This will bring up the Mask Themes window. |
|i.||Using the mouse (or Control + the mouse) you can choose a Mask Theme that you have already set up, then press the Select button to add this extension scheme to your backup project.|
|ii.||From the Mask Themes window you can choose to Insert Change or Delete a Mask Theme. |
| For more detailed information on Mask Themes, please click here.|
|4.||Once you have chosen a Mask, or a Mask Theme, these will be the file extensions that InBack uses as guidelines for the back up. However, if you want InBack to back up every file except those with these extensions, click on the Exclude all files with this mask check box.|
|5.||If you wish to have your files backed up just as they already occur on your drive, click on the Recurse subdirectories check box. This will preserve the file structure as InBack finds it at the time of the first backup. |
|6.||Pro version only: If you want to filter out the files before a given date, fill the "Exclude before" field with a valid date. All files within the mask, before that date, will be excluded.|
|7.||Once you have responded to all of the fields on the Adding a Project Component window, click OK to return to the Adding a Project window.|
Your new project (along with its prefix and notes) appear on the Project tab. You are now ready to execute a backup! On the Project tab, click on the project that you wish to back up and then click on the lightning bolt icon to begin the back up.
| For more information on the backup process please click here.|
Once you have completed a backup, you can preview the details of your project on the Available Backups and Backup Details tabs
The Available Backups tab gives you information about your project as a whole. On the Available Backups tab, you view all of the backups that you have executed for a particular project. From this tab you can restore a previous version of an entire project. Highlight the project you wish to restore with the mouse and then click on it with the right mouse button. The option to Restore the selected project will appear.
The Backup Details tab gives you information about the individual files that makes up a back up that has been executed. From this tab, you can restore one or more files by selecting right mouse clicking on the highlighted files and choosing Restore Selected Files. From this tab you can also do a search on a particular file(s) or run a test on the integrity of a file for backing up.
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