NovaBACKUP PC, Server, Business Essentials
The NovaBACKUP Quickstart Guide (Getting Started with NovaBACKUP 19) (PDF) is a simple step-by-step guide designed to get you started performing backups quickly and efficiently with NovaBACKUP v19 and above. The NovaBACKUP Quickstart Guide covers Performing File Backup, File Restore, Image Backup, and creating your Image Backup Boot Disc.
View the PDF guide here.
Types of Backups
A standard file backup is simply an archive of data that may be restored in the event of data loss. This is archive is generally made from the files which you select as being important (or an entire file system) and may be encrypted, or compressed.
Image Backup (Disaster Recovery)
An image backup is different than a standard file backup. It is intended to backup the underlying data structures of a computer including operating system and applications for emergency restoration in the event of a disaster. In this case your destination may be a completely different computer or set of hardware.
Types of File Backup Jobs:
- A backup of all (selected) files on the system. This does not include file allocation tables, partition structure and boot sectors.
- A cumulative backup of all changes made since the last full backup.
Benefit: Only 2 files ever required to perform a restore (1 Full and 1 Differential).
Downside: Larger file sizes
- A backup that only contains the files that have changed since the most recent backup (either full or incremental).
Benefit: Small file size with incremental backups.
Downside: May require many files to restore which can be time consuming. More prone to user error
While the above guide is meant to be a simple introduction, more comprehensive guides on the subject exist, see the following suggested how-to articles and how-to videos using the Support Knowledge Base links below:
Suggested Support Articles to read:
This guide will walk you through the different backup job types and modes available in NovaBACKUP to help you understand the differences between them. Covered are File Backup, Image Backup, and Copy jobs along with their modes Full, Differential, Incremental, etc.
This walkthrough will describe how to create 2 alternating File backups, one Copy job for your photos, and a Disaster Recovery Image Backup, all on a Schedule. This is designed for Home Users that want to backup data, but don't need a daily backup schedule (see "[Guide] Standard Backup Schedule with Retention" for a full schedule).
This step-by-step guide will walk you through how to create, schedule, and implement a backup schedule. This includes a weekly Full file backup, daily Differential file backup, Retention, and a monthly Image Backup. This is the recommended way to backup all of your data while making sure that you don't run out of space over time.
This step-by-step guide will walk you through booting your recovery disc from your PC and restoring an image backup for a disaster recovery.
This guide will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a one-time, manual image backup. This process is only meant to create a one-time image backup and all of the steps have to be done manually; there is a way to create a scheduled image backup job as well. If you wish to have image backups run on a set schedule please follow this article regarding creating a scheduled image backup job with retention policy to delete oldest image backups automatically.
This step-by-step guide will assist you in creating a recovery boot disc for USB and CD/DVD using simple mode.
Not all systems have the Recovery Environment for Windows installed.
This step-by-step guide will assist you in creating a recovery boot disc for USB and CD/DVD using Advanced mode. It also has instructions for downloading and installing the Windows ADK.
A collection of links to some of our Knowledge Base articles on the subject of importing backups (.NBD) and Restoring files/folders from a backup that was imported into the Restore tab.
Version 19.2 introduced a new Disaster Recovery boot disk (DRBoot) for restoring an Image Backup of a System Partition. This article will show the steps required to perform a Restore from an Image Backup file (Full - .NDF, Differential - .NDD, or Incremental - .NDI)
This step-by-step guide will walk you through setting up a scheduled file backup job in NovaBACKUP combined with configuring a data retention policy so that you don't run out of space over time. This guide does not cover creating a scheduled image backup job, for a guide that covers that click here.
NovaBACKUP Blog article describing Differential and Incremental backup methods as utilized in NovaBACKUP and how they work: Differential and Incremental backups: Why should you care?
Suggested Support Videos to watch:
This step-by-step how-to video shows one of NovaStor's customer support technicians setting up a complete backup plan for a customer.
This step-by-step how-to video will walk you through setting up a scheduled file backup job in NovaBACKUP while utilizing data retention so that you don't run out of space over time.
This step-by-step how-to video shows how to restore files from both file-based backups, and also how to extract files from system image based backups.
This step-by-step how-to video shows how to restore Image-based backups.