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How to backup your data to HGST

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Sep 09, 2019
Backup4all 8.x
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HGST is a producer of storage hardware held by the parent company, Western Digital. The Wikipedia page on HGST states that they also offer external storage services, although the reference seems to be linking towards a nonresponsive domain.
In a press release of June 9, 2011, Hitachi GST announced that they had launched a cloud storage and backup service. However, at the time of writing this article, seems to be out cold. Nevertheless, here's a rundown of what to do in backup4All, in case you know something we don't.

How to set up a new HGST account

1. Go to and inquire for a cloud storage service that uses the Amazon S3 compatible API
2. Email us about it you discover anything.

How to backup to HGST

Steps to follow:
1. Open Backup4all and select File -> New (Ctrl+N).
2. On the Where do you want to save the backup? page, select Online -> S3 Compatible as backup destination.
3. After selecting S3 Compatible, you need to choose the S3 server. Some of the settings will be filled in, just enter the other credentials. Then press Next.
4. On the What do you want to backup page, add the backup sources. Press Next.
5. On the Filter the backup sources page, you can set include/exclude filters for backup sources. Then press Next.
6. On the How do you want to backup page, you can choose the backup type and the encryption.
7. On the When do you want to backup page, you can set the backup job to automatically run on the specified time and days. Press Next.
8. On the Personalize your backup job page, enter a name for the backup in the Backup name field.
9. Press Save -> Save and run

How to restore from HGST

Steps to follow:
1. If the backup job does not exist in Backup4all, you must open it from File->Open from.
2. Select S3 Compatible, then choose HGST. Configure the HGST account.
3. After the HGST account was set, press Show to display the backup jobs in the destination. Select the catalog you want to open and press Open. Backup4all will recreate that backup job.
4. Press the Restore (F7) button. Optionally you can select the location you want to restore the files to. The original location is selected by default.
On the same page, you can choose the way in which to restore. You can also filter files before restoring. If you select to restore from a specific version, press Next to indicate the version or the date back to which you want to restore. Press Next.
5. Press Finish to start the restoration process.