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Cloudbox - Backing up using Windows 7 Backup and Restore

A guide on how to back up data on a computer, to the Cloudbox, using Windows 7 built-in Backup and Restore software.


Set up the Backup


1. Right click on your local disk, for example (C:), and select Properties.


2. Select the Tools tab then click Back up now...

Drive Properties


3. In the Back up or restore your files window, click the link Set up backup.

Setup a backup


4. Windows will search for volumes to store the backup. Click Save on a network... and select your Cloudbox user folder. You will be prompted to enter your user name and password.

Backup Target


5. You may use the Windows default (Let Windows choose) or manually select the files (Let me choose) to backup to the CloudBox user folder.

Note on the Windows default backup: The following files will not be included in the backup: Program files; anything formatted with the FAT file system; files in the Recycle Bin; and any temp files that are 1GB or more.

What to backup


6. (Skip this step if you selected Let Windows choose). Select the files and folders to include in the backup. You may also check the box to create an image of your local drive. Click Next.

What files to backup


7. Review the list of files marked for backup. Click on the link Change schedule to set the time for the backup.

Save Settings


8. Choose how often, the day, and the time of your backup using the pulldown menus. Click OK.

Frequency of backup


9. Click Save settings and run backup.

Save Settings and Run Backup


10. The backup can be monitored while it is running.

Monitor Backup


11. Click on the View Details button to see the file names as they are backed up.

In Progress


12. Once the backup is complete, the backup files and/or image folder will appear in a window prompt.

Backup Files


13. Click Close to leave the backup. In the future, you can restore a backup or manage the space it uses by double clicking on its icon. See the next section, Restore files from a Backup.



Restore files from a Backup

You can restore a backup stored on the CloudBox user folder.


1. Launch the Windows Backup and Restore application.


2. Go to the Backup and Restore Center to select Restore my files.

Restore your files


3. Select files and/or folders to restore.

Select files to restore


4. Click Restore to restore the files to their original location or choose an alternate target. Click Restore.

Where to put restored files


5. The time for the restore to finish depends upon the total amount data and the target location. For example, tens of gigabytes copied to a USB 2.0 disk may take several hours.

Restore Progress


Manage Backup Size


You can manage the number of backups to conserve disk space on the CloudBox.


1. Launch the Windows Backup and Restore application.


2. From Backup and Restore, click the Manage Space link.

Manage Space Link


3. A prompt will display the backup location and the amount of disk space used by a backup. Click on the View backups... button.

View Backups


4. Check the backup dates to determine if older versions can be deleted. Once you have selected and deleted backups, click Close.

Delete Backup


5. To change how Windows Backup and Restore retains older system images, click on the Change settings... button.

Change Settings


6. Choose to have Windows manage the space or retain the last system image. Click OK.

Minimize space