UVK Help - Backup and Recovery

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Backup and Recovery


 

Overview of the Backup and Recovery feature:

The Backup and recovery UVK section allows you to easily backup and restore user (and other) data. It has the impressive restoring ability to create the exact same user accounts that were backed up, making it a great backup solution for Windows reinstall, migration to SSD or bigger HDD, copy user data to a new computer, or simply to keep a safe backup copy of your data.

This feature was built with simplicity and ease of use in mind. All backup/restore options are shown in one pane, so you setup everything in just a few clicks.

Backup and recovery can also automatically detect user folders that have been moved to a non-standard location, so you don't need to worry about that.

In order to use Backup and Recovery, launch UVK and press the Backup and recovery button, or just open a previously created backup file (BackupInfo.uvkbk) by double-click. You will be presented with a screen similar to the picture above. Then click the button of your choice: if you're going to create a new backup or udate an existing one, click Start backup.

Otherwise, if you are going to restore a backup, click Restore now. If you came to this section by opening a Backup file (BackupInfo.uvkbk), you will be automatically taken to the Restore section. Otherwise, UVK will open a File browsing dialog, allowing you to look for and select the backup file to open. Then you will be taken to the Restore section.

The Restore section is even more dynamic. User data can be restored to different user accounts, or the same user accounts can be automatically created on the fly by the data restoring process. Also, the extra backed up folders can be restored to locations different from the original ones, and all this can be setup within just a few seconds.

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Create or update a backup:

UVK's backup feature allows you to easily backup user and other data, so it can be restore later. This feature has a user interface as shown in the picture below.

If you want to upgrade an existing backup (previously created), press the Load backup button, in the lower pane. If you came to this section by opening a backup file (.uvkbk), that backup is automatically loaded.

Backup User Interface

Top panes (users and user folders):

Select the user accounts you wish to backup in the top left pane, and then the desired user user folders in the top right pane. You don't have to worry about any user folders that may have been moved to a non-standard location, because the applicaton automatically detects those.

Both Users and User folders lists have a Check all/none checkbox just above the list itself, that you can use to quickly check or uncheck all the items in the respective list.

Middle pane (additional folders):

You can add any additional folders you wish to backup in the middle pane's list by pressing the Add folder button, and then indicating the folder you wish to add. Once new folders are added, you can edit, remove, or move them up/down in the list: To do so, select a folder in the list and press the button above the list that corresponds to the action you want to perform.

The additional folders list also has a context menu which can be accessed by right clicking an item in the list, or selecting an item and then pressing the "three line" button at the top-right corner of this pane. This context menu has two options: Open source folder and Open destination folder. Select these options to take a peak at the actual contents of the source and destination folders, respectively.

Lower pane options:

If you are creating a new backup, you can set its name in the Backup folder name input. If you intend to create more than one backup, you should name them in a way that will remind you later what is the intent of this backup.

The Create the backup folder in: text input field tells the directory where the backup folder is to be created. This filed is automatically filled when you you load an existing backup. Otherwise, you can set this field by pressing the button to the right, or manually typing or pasting the path into the filed.

Note: This filed is the parent folder where the backup folder will be created. For instance: if this field is D:\Backups, and the backup's name is My backup, your backup will be created in D:\Backups\My backup.

Backup options:

  Copy only new and outdated files: This option can make a backup operation much faster, since files already copied and that have not been changed since the last time they were backed up are skipped.

  Skip copying system files: We recomment that you leave this option checked. When this option is enabled, UVK will not copy files with SYSTEM attributes. Not only will this speed things up, but it will also avoid messing up with system files such as desktop.ini, thumbs.db or ntuser.dat. Restoring those files later could cause the user profile to be corrupted.

  Skip copying hidden files: Un-check this option if you want to backup files with HIDDEN attributes. Usually users do not need to backup hidden files, so you probably best leave this option checked.

Lower pane buttons

Once you're done setting up your backup, you can now execute it. Just press the Start backup button, and let the application do all the work for you. A dialog box will popup andwill tell you the progress of the backup operation Click here for more info.

If you decide you do not want to start the backup operation just yet, but you do not want to loose the information you entered, just press the  Save only button. This will create your backup directory and save the current backup information to a file named BackupInfo.ini, in that directory, but no files will be backed up. This may also be useful to test whether the backup directory can be created or not.

As explained before, the Load backup button allows you to load the backup info from an existing backup file. If you want to update a backup you previously created, Press this button, browse to the backup folder you want to load and open the BackupInfo.ini file inside it. All the bcakup information is loaded to the corresponding fields, and you're ready to update the backup.

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Press the Home button to leave this section and go to UVK's Home page.

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Restore a previously created backup:

Once you create a backup, it is available for restoring whenever you want. For instance, you can create a backup and immediately restore it to a different computer, or to a new hard drive. Please see in the Overview section how to open this feature.

The Backup and recovery's Restore feature has an interface similar to the screenshot below.

Backup and recovery - Restore backup

User mapping

The user mapping list, at the top left corner of the UI, allows you to quickly setup how the user data will be restored.

If you want to restore the user data to different user accounts than the ones in the list, just select the desired user and use the drop down box below to change the user account the data will be restored to.

 By default, if a user account with the same name as the one from the backup exists, then that user is automatically selected. Otherwise, a same named account will be created, and the data will be restored to the newly created user account. In this case, you will see " <create>", just after the user name, in the list's Restore to account (second) column. This is how you know that no matching user account exists, and the restore operation will automatically create it.

 Obviously you don't need to restore the data to a same named user account. You can map the users the way you like. There is no restrictions about it. You can map two source users to one destination account, or one source user to several destination acounts.

Only checked users will be restored. Use the Check all/none check box above the list to quickly toggle the checked state of all items in the list.

User folders to restore

Check the user folders you want to restore in this list. Use the Check all/none check box to quickly toggle the checked state of all the folders in the list.

Keep in mind that, the folders you select may not have been backed up. The selection just tells the application that, if the folder exists, then it should be restored. Also, if you select several users, then only the selected user folders will be restored for all the selected users. It was done this way to simplify the restoring process, but you can always restore one user account at a time, specifying different folders for each user.

Additional folders to restore

The extra folders that were backed up are listed in the middle pane. Only checked folders are restored. Use the Check all/none check box above to quickly toggle the checked state of all the folders in the list.

The extra folders don't have to be restored to the original location from where they wered backed up from. You can eidt the destination of one folder by selecting it in the list and then pressing the Edit destination button. You can restore several folders to the same destination folder, but be careful, because duplicated files will be overwritten.

Use the up arrow/down arrow buttons above to move the folders up/down in the list. This will chage the order in which the folders are restored. The extra folders are restored from top to bottom, and only the ones that have a tick on their check mark are restored. So don't forget to tick the ones you want to restore, and un-tick the ones you don't.

The additional folders list also has context menu which can be accessed by right clicking an item in the list, ot pressing the "three line" button at the top-right corner of this pane. This context menu has two options: Open backup folder and Open restore location. Click these buttons to take a peak at the actual contents of the source and destination folders, respectively.

Lower pane options

Tick Restore only missing files in the destination if you wish to skip copying files that already exist in the destination. This option only checks for file existance. It does not check whether the source and destination files are identical. If the file exists, it is simply skipped. We recommend you to use this method, unless you are sure you want existing files to be replaced.

Once all the desired options are set, press Restore now. The restore operation begins, and you are presented with a dialog box telling you the progress of the operation. Click here for more info.

Whenever you want to load a backup from a different location, you do not need to leave this section. Just press the Load backup button, browse to the new backup's location and select the BackupInfo.uvkbk file inside it. All fields are updated to reflect the new backup's settings, and you're ready to restore.

Press the Help button whenever you want to read this help page again.

Press the Home button to leave this section and go to UVK's Home page.

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Backup/Restore progress dialog box:

After you start a backup or a restore operation, as explained above, you are presented with a dialog box indicating the progress of the operation, similar to the one in the picture below.

Backup operation progress

The Source label indicates the source folder where the files are currently being copied from.

The Target label indicates the destination folder where the files are currently being copied to.

The progress bar tells the progress of the current operation, and the text label just below tells what the application is currently doing.

It is possible to setup a power action to be performed once all the backup actions complete: Close application, Log off, Sleep, Hibernate, Shut down and Restart. Just select the desired action and the application will automatically execute it when the operation ends.

You can also temporarily pause the whole operation by pressing the Pause button, or completely stop it by pressing the Cancel button and confirming by pressing Yes at the message prompt that follows.

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