Choosing Backups

There are two ways to choose what you want to backup:

  1. Using the Control Panel
  2. Using Windows Explorer

Choosing Backups with the Control Panel

  1. Open the BuddyBackup control panel (see here)
  2. Click on the Choose Backups tab

You will be shown a list of all the files on your computer:

Screen shot of BuddyBackup showing a list of files on your computer

You can expand each item by clicking on the "+".

You select items by clicking on the small box next to the files. Ticked items will be backed up.

If you tick a whole folder or drive then all of the contents of that folder will be backed up.

Why you shouldn't backup the whole of "C:" drive

Although it is possible to backup your entire Windows "C:" drive in BuddyBackup, this is definitely not recommended.

Your "C:" drive contains many settings and program files which wouldn't work even if they were restored again on a new computer, and they will be very large in size.

Instead, you should use BuddyBackup to backup your documents and program settings.

A good way of doing this is to backup your "Documents" folder (called "My Documents" on Windows XP).

When new files are added later to a selected folder, they will also be backed up. For example, if you tick your "Documents" folder then everything currently in it, and added in the future will be backed up.

You can also un-tick items to remove backups.

When you have finishing adding/removing items to be backed up, you must press the Apply button. The changes won't occur until you do this.

The Reset button cancels any changes you have made.

Folders with a label in Bold which isn't ticked means that the item folder contains chosen items, but that the folder itself isn't chosen for backup. For example, in the above diagram note that "Desktop" is bold but not ticked - this means that inside the desktop folder some files have been chosen, but the whole Desktop folder has not been chosen.

Choosing Backups with Windows Explorer

You can choose what to backup using Windows Explorer.

Windows Explorer is what you use any time you're browsing for files in Windows. For example, if you click the Windows Start button and choose Documents, what you'll see is the Windows Explorer.

You can also see how well items are backed up in Windows Explorer.

To choose what to backup using Windows Explorer:

  1. Right click on the file/folder in Explorer
  2. Click Backup with BuddyBackup
Screen shot showing the BuddyBackup context menu appearing after right clicking on a file in Windows Explorer

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