How to create a mirror with zip backup

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Jan 09, 2019

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How to create a mirror with zip backup

This article shows how to create a mirror backup with zip of the given sources to a specified destination using Backup4all. The current method can be extended to other sources and destinations supported by Backup4all.

The mirror backup type will create a complete back up on the first execution, putting each file into a separate .zip archive if the "Zip the files" option is selected in Backup Properties, on Mirror page. After the first execution, when running again the backup, only new and modified files will be backed up. It will overwrite in destination the old files with the new version from sources. Each source file will be put into a zip archive in destination.

On this page:

How to configure the backup job

  1. Open Backup4all
  2. Press New button to open the New Backup Wizard. Type a name for the backup job and select the backup destination. Then press Next
    Mirror backup
  3. On this page you can add the backup sources by pressing the Add folder and Add files buttons. When ready, press Next
    Mirror backup
  4. On the "How do you want to backup" page, choose Mirror backup type and select "Zip the files" option. Press Save -> Save and run
    Mirror backup
  5. In Explore View (F2) of Backup4all, we can see the backup sources.
    Mirror backup

Backup execution examples

We will perform several backup executions to see what we get in destination.

  1. As we have sources from C and D drive, after the first backup execution, we get in destination a folder for each source drive. Inside, each file is zipped.
    Mirror backup
    Mirror backup
  2. For the second backup execution we will add a new folder called "07" in backup sources on D: drive.
    Mirror backup
  3. After the 2nd backup execution we get in destination: the new "07" folder which is the second backup version
    Mirror backup
    Mirror backup

Applies to:

Backup4all 5.x, 6.x