There are two ways to choose what you want to backup:
- Using the Control Panel
- Using Windows Explorer
Choosing Backups with the Control Panel
- Open the BuddyBackup control panel (see here)
- Click on the Choose Backups tab
You will be shown a list of all the 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
Instead, you should use BuddyBackup to backup your documents and program
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
To choose what to backup using Windows Explorer:
- Right click on the file/folder in Explorer
- Click Backup with BuddyBackup