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How to Test a Backup


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Mar 22, 2022
Backup4all 9.x
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With Backup4all you can:
  • test one or more versions of a backup (you can select any version for testing)
  • automatically test latest version of a backup at each backup job execution
To test a selection or all the versions for the selected backup job, open the Test Backup window by pressing the Test button (7.test_32) from the application's toolbar (or using the keyboard shortcut F9 ).

In the Test Backup window, select the backup version you want to test, then press the Test button. You can also select multiple versions to be tested and you can modify the priority of the test process by moving the slider to a lower or higher priority (default is Normal). A High priority process finishes faster but consumes more resources than a Normal priority process.
You can also test a backup execution if you switch to Backup View, right-click on a version and select Test.
There is a Quick Test option which will perform a faster test, which means only the existence of the files in destination will be tested.
Backup4all runs tests after every backup execution by default. To disable automatic testing of a backup, open the Backup Properties window by pressing the Properties button (3.properties_32) from the main toolbar, select the Advanced page, then un-check Test after backup option.
When an automatic backup test has failed, an Error icon will appear in front of the backup job icon. You can find the error details in the log file (Jobs ribbon tab -> Tools group -> View Log). The Error icon will disappear the next time the backup job completes successfully.