This is a guide that will instruct an experienced user to remove backup paths from NovaBACKUP backup jobs which contain file paths that NO LONGER EXIST and which are producing various warnings/errors relating to those file paths no longer existing. This is a workaround for those users who do not want to have to re-create a new backup job to fix this issue.
In this example we show that at one time, when the backup job was created, an M: drive did exist on the local computer being backed up, and M:\Test folder was included as a selected item to backup in the backup job that was created. This was working fine until someone decided to remove the M: drive or M:\Test path altogether from the local computer. But because the path was in your original backup job it is STILL ATTEMPTING to back it up each time that backup job is run because the M: path is still defined in the original backup job as a selected folder for backup.
The GUI interface for NovaBACKUP in the "Backup" tab does not offer the ability to directly de-select the M: path if the M: drive now no longer exists. Because of that, there is no obvious way to remove the M:\Test selected folder out of the backup job other than re-creating the backup job to fix this situation.
However, there is a workaround for experienced users who can handle editing backup job files via notepad (the backup job files, with NBK file extensions, are plain text files editable using notepad.exe), if you are comfortable with doing this. This guide details how to manually edit the backup job to remove the no-longer-existing selection path without re-creating the entire backup job from scratch:
Your backup job file (NBK) is causing NovaBACKUP to attempt the backup of a drive or path which no longer exists.
Example - Step 1
Run the Notepad application. (notepad.exe)
Open the backup job (.NBK) in Notepad which IS attempting to backup the M: path. (or whichever path no longer Remove the line containing the non-existing path. The area of the backup job which has the paths defined is near the top of the .NBK file, as seen below:
Example - Step 2
Once you have deleted the line of text (path.item.0=M:\Test) from the .NBK file in notepad and then be sure to decrement (decrease) the path.numberOfItems= variable by one if you do remove one of the path item's.
As you you have just removed one path item you have to decrease the path.numberOfItems= by one in number, or how ever many path.item lines of text you did remove.
Now save the file in notepad. The next time that job runs it will no longer attempt to backup the M: path that you removed from the .NBK file.
IMPORTANT: Make sure the saved file still ends in .nbk with the same name
(i.e. "My Backup.NBK" not "My Backup.nbk.txt")
If using a newer Operating System your Backup job script files (.NBK file extension text files) will be placed in this location on your system:
If you are not comfortable with manually editing the particular backup job .NBK files in the Notepad application, you can simply re-create the backup job by creating a new backup on the "Backup tab" and clicking "New Job" at the top left of the program. Be sure to only include current files and paths which can be accessed when the job will run.