You can activate Backup view by:
- pressing the Backup button from the Jobs tab
- pressing CTRL + F2 keyboard shortcut
The Backup View consists of a Backup Version List on top and a File Tree at the bottom.
Above the Backup versions list, there is a "search for files" field. Here you can type the name of the file/folder you are looking to restore, in order to easily find its location.
Backup Version List
If a backup version is selected, at the bottom of the view, you can see the list of the files in that backup and their status before that backup. Information provided for each version:
- Type - Type of the Backup. Each of the backup types is represented by a descriptive icon: Full, Incremental, Differential, Mirror
- Backup Date - Date and time when the backup was created
- Bck No. - Number of the backup
- File No. - Number of files in that backup
- Folder No. - Number of folders in that backup
- Comp. Size - Compressed size of the file version
- Uncomp. Size - Uncompressed size of the file version
- Label - Label of the backup increment.
The backup version list can be sorted by clicking on the column headers. The right-click menu on the column header provides a handy way to show/hide unnecessary columns (except the Type column which is grayed out).
Backup4all provides an easy way to restore or test a backup version. Just right-click on the backup version and:
- choose Restore Latest Version if you want to restore the version in the original location
- choose Restore Latest Version To... if you want to restore the version in another location
- choose Test if you want to test that backup version
- choose View Backup Log if you want to open/view that log with the selected log viewer. Initially the default text editor is used.
The file tree content depends on the files from the selected backup version. You can right-click on the folders and files in the tree to open a menu that allows you to choose the following options:
- Restore if you want to restore the version in the original location
- Restore to... if you want to restore the version in another location
- Open if you want to open/view that version of the file with the associated Windows application
- View with Notepad if you want to open/view that version of the file with Notepad
- Full expand to expand all the tree
The file tree shows the file/folder name, bck no. size, last modified date, attributes and status for each file in additional columns. You can sort the files by simply clicking on the appropriate column header. The files are sorted within their folders. Except File/Folder, each column can be hidden if you right click on the column header and uncheck the names of the columns that you want to remove.
There are seven buttons on top of the file tree that help you show/hide files depending on their status:
If pressed, files that were added to the backup as new are shown in the tree. All files with this status will have picture in front of them.
If pressed, files that were added to the backup as modified are shown in the tree. All files with this status will have picture in front of them.
If pressed, files that had been in backup and were excluded by new changes in file filter are shown in the tree. All files with this status will have picture in front of them.
If pressed, all directories in the tree will be expanded. For a large number of files and directories, this operation can take a longer time. Press the ESC key to stop the process.
If pressed, all directories in the tree will be collapsed.
If pressed, the Filter window will be shown. Use this option to filter the files displayed in the tree.