EZBack-it-up Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can EZBack-it-up mirror a drive?

Yes and no. It was not designed for mirroring an entire drive. It was/is designed for simple backups, like important documents, pictures, etc. You can try to backup an entire drive, and although some users have reported that it works just fine, keep in mind that this is not the intended purpose.

Can EZBack-it-up be scheduled?

Yes. Under the 'Action' menu, click 'Schedules', then click 'Enable Scheduler' and select options to create your schedule. Alternatively, you can use the Windows Task Scheduler, with parameters and switches found in the 'Action' menu.

Can EZBack-it-up backup to a network drive?

Yes... But you must first map path drive to a drive letter. UNC style connections are not supported at this time.

To map a network drive (in windows XP), follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Click Tools -> Map network drive...
  3. Choose the drive letter from the dropdown box.
  4. Select the network path by clicking the Browse button.
  5. Click Finish.

Where are my backed up files, and how do I restore them?

Using Windows Explorer, navigate to the backup job's destination (which you can get by clicking on the 'Job Settings' toolbar button). There you will find the full directory structure of your backed up files and folders. You can then copy any of the files or folders back to their original locations.

How do I view the backup log?

Click 'Log', then 'View log'. Use Windows Notepad or a similar text editor.

Can EZBack-it-up write to CD-R or CD-RW?

To backup to a CD-RW, you must have packet writing software (DirectCD, InCD, etc.) installed. You will need to format your CD with this software. This will provide a drive letter for you to use as the destination for the backup job.

EZBack-it-up has no built-in support for CD-R's. However, you can still use it to create an archive that you can then use with your CD burning software.

Is there a way to filter out certain files to not backup?

No. There is no filtering functionality at this time.

Does EZBack-it-up support disk spanning?

No.

How are files copied? Is there compression?

Files are copied straight to the destination - no compression. All file attributes and time stamps are retained.

How do I schedule jobs using the Windows Task Scheduler?

These are the necessary steps in Windows XP. Windows XP requires administrator rights to create tasks. XP also requires the user to have the account password protected. Other versions of Windows may differ.

  1. Click 'Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Scheduled Tasks'.
  2. Double click 'Add Scheduled Task'.
  3. Click 'Next', then select 'EZBack-it-up' from the list of programs, then click 'Next'. If EZBack-it-up is not listed, click 'Browse' and navigate to the EZBack-it-up folder, which by default is 'C:\Program Files\EZBackitup\'. Click 'EZBackitup.exe', then 'Open'.
  4. Type in a name for this task, or accept the default name.
  5. Choose the frequency of this task, and then 'Next'.
  6. Fill in the details when you want EZBack-it-up to run, and click 'Next'.
  7. Enter the password you use to log into Windows into both applicable boxes, and click 'Next'.
  8. Put a checkmark in the 'Open advanced properties for this task when I click finish', and click 'Finish'.
  9. Now start EZBack-it-up from the Start menu, or from the desktop icon created during installation.
  10. Open the specific backup job that you want to run for this task.
  11. Click 'Action -> Get Command Line Info'. Use this box to get your additional parameters. Click 'OK'.
  12. Now click 'Action -> Copy Command Line Info'.
  13. Now go back to the property page for the task you are creating.
  14. Delete everything in the 'Run' box, then right click in the run box, and choose 'Paste'. This added the path to EZBack-it-up and the job you want run.
  15. Add any additional parameters in this box, such as '/c' to close EZBack-it-up when the job is completed. These parameters are located in the 'Get Command Line Info' information box. For example, if your job was called 'Outlook Express', and you wanted to close EZBack-it-up when finished, and you always wanted the log file shown, then add the following to the 'Run' box:
  16. "C:\Program Files\EZBackitup\EZBackitup.exe" "Outlook Express" /c /g
  17. When you're satisfied with your task, click 'OK'. Your task has now been created. To test, right click on the task, and click 'Run'.

Since you are using the Windows Task Scheduler, click the 'Schedules' button the toolbar in EZBack-it-up, then uncheck 'Enable Schedules'. The scheduler will not reside in memory.

Do I need to uninstall before installing the newest version?

No. You may install a newer version of EZBack-it-up over an older version without first uninstalling that older version.

How do I create a shortcut and have it start my backup job?

If you want to create a shortcut to EZBack-it-up on the Desktop and have it automatically start a backup job, try these steps (tested in Windows XP):

  1. Open EZBack-it-up
  2. Open the job that you want to start
  3. Click 'Action -> Copy Command Line Info'
  4. Right click the Windows Desktop, go to 'New', then click on 'Shortcut'
  5. A wizard should appear entitled 'Create Shortcut'. Right click in the text box, choose 'Paste', and click 'Next'
  6. Type in a name for the shortcut, and click 'Finish'
  7. Double click the shortcut to launch EZBack-it-up and automatically run the backup job

How do I schedule a backup?

To schedule a backup job, do the following:

  1. Click 'Action -> Schedules', or click the 'Clock' button on the toolbar. The 'EZBack-it-up Schedules' dialog box will appear.
  2. Click the 'New' button.
  3. Select the job from the 'Job Name' drop-down list.
  4. Choose 'Start Time', and check the days of the week you want the job to run.
  5. Click the 'Save' button.
  6. Verify that 'Enable Scheduler' is checked.