This article will cover some Frequently Asked Questions from our customers regarding NovaBACKUP-Hosted Cloud Storage introduced in the beginning of 2020.
Some useful guides to start with:
- NovaBACKUP 19 Quickstart Guide
- Getting Started: Connecting to Your NovaBACKUP Cloud Storage for the First Time
- Getting Started: How to Backup to NovaBACKUP Cloud Storage
- Q: How do I get Cloud Storage added to my Licence key?
- Q: How much space do I need for Cloud Storage?
- Q: How many machines can backup to the same Cloud Storage?
- Q: Can I backup Network Shares to NovaBACKUP Cloud?
- Q: Is there additional space required on my "C:" drive for Cloud Backups?
- Q: Can I perform an Image Backup directly to my Cloud Storage?
- Q: What happens if I exceed my Cloud Storage quota?
- Q: How do I remove data from my Cloud Storage?
Questions & Answers
Q: How do I get Cloud Storage added to my Licence key?
A: The easiest way is to click on "Cloud Backup" when you open the software and follow the prompts to add cloud storage to your license key.
This process will include all discounts your license key is eligible for and allow you to renew your key as needed. Depending on how recently your key was purchased, the price is prorated based on the remaining subscription duration before it renews.
Q: How much space do I need for Cloud Storage?
A: Backups to Cloud only sends changes to data that has already been backed up to the Cloud.
We recommend sending your critical data to cloud to limit the amount of space needed for cloud storage, but this will depend on your specific requirements as to how much data is required to be sent to your cloud storage.
A good place to start for the local storage you will need is http://backupcalculator.com/
NovaBACKUP Cloud Storage works especially well for files that have their contents changing.
NovaBACKUP Cloud Storage does not work well for files that are constantly being renamed or moved. Renamed or Moved files count as new files, and will be uploaded again in their entirety.
Keep in mind, there is a "Restorable Window" of 30 days for data backed up to the cloud. If you perform a backup daily, and a file changes every day, there will be 30 versions of this file available to restore. If you only change this file monthly though, there will only ever be a single version of this file in cloud storage, as each time the backup is performed, the 30 days has passed, causing the window to be 'reset' for this file.
Always calculate the space that will be used if the software has to send the full file during a backup, to be safe and remain within your storage quota.
Example: You select 4 GB of data to send to cloud. The first time the backup is performed all selected data is uploaded. The next time the backup is performed, a comparison of what you have selected to what already exists in the Cloud Storage is made, and only the block-level changes are uploaded (if you change a filename or path, it counts as a new file). In this example, if you made 1 GB worth of changes to your initial 4 GB of data, only 1 GB would be uploaded for the second backup.
Using the same example with 4 GB selected and 1 GB changes each day, with a backup running daily, this would equate to 34 GB (4 GB + 30*1 GB) worth of space required in cloud storage.
Q: How many machines can backup to the same Cloud Storage?
A: This answer depends on the license key you have.
NovaBACKUP PC has the ability to allow up to 5 machines to sign into the same cloud storage account. This requires a multiple-activation license key, and the desired cloud storage added.
NovaBACKUP Server and Business Essentials customers can only have a single machine perform a backup to the same cloud storage account, as these keys are only sold individually.
An additional restriction is that you cannot include files located on Network Shares in your backups to NovaBACKUP Cloud storage.
Q: Can I backup Network Shares to NovaBACKUP Cloud?
A: No, network shares are not able to be included in backups sent to NovaBACKUP Cloud.
If you attempt to do this an error message will be displayed related to "multiple computers included in backup" and the backup jobs will be aborted before sending any data.
Q: Is there additional space required on my "C:" drive for Cloud Backups?
A: NovaBACKUP needs about 115% of the size of the largest file in a backup available to perform the backup.
Example: You select a 10 GB file to send to Cloud Storage. NovaBACKUP will need 11.5 GB free (10 GB + 1.5 GB) on the "C:" drive to backup and compare the changes for this file before uploading it to your cloud storage.
Q: Can I perform an Image Backup directly to my Cloud Storage?
A: No, an Image Backup (Disaster Recovery / Bare Metal Backup) cannot be sent directly to Cloud Storage.
Using the information in the answer for "How much space do I need for Cloud Storage?": You can perform a backup to a Local storage device (such as a USB HDD) using "Overwrite mode" to always replace the existing backup and then create a Cloud backup job that includes this single backup file. The first time the file is uploaded it will include everything, each subsequent backup will only have to upload the changes that have been made to this file.
Restoring this backup should be primarily performed from the local storage device, but in case of failure you can restore this single file on another installation of NovaBACKUP on another machine to a local storage device, and then use the Disaster Recovery Boot Disk to restore the Image Backup as normal.
Q: What happens if I exceed my Cloud Storage quota?
A: Once you reach your Quota, additional data will not be allowed to be backed up to your cloud storage until you delete some that has been uploaded.
Q: How do I remove data from my Cloud Storage?
A: Use the "Delete" tab in NovaBACKUP to select the data you no longer want stored.
There is no capability to recover any data removed this way. Once you have deleted it from the Delete tab, it is deleted.