Questions and Answers (Q&A)

[Q] What are the limitations of the trial or evaluation version?

[A] Answer:

  • The trial or evaluation version is a fully functionally version and NO functionality limitations apply over the length of the evaluation period. After the evaluation period has expired the program will switch into a [DEMO] mode and no backups can be performed.


 

[Q] What happens to my backups after the evaluation period or licence has expired?

[A] Answer:

  • TMS Stein's Backup (Pro) creates copies or mirrors of files and directories and does not alter the files. Hence all files and directories copied can, at any time, be accessed normally by using the Windows Explorer or any other program.


 

[Q] Do I have to reinstall the program if I decided to purchase a licence or extend the evaluation licence?

[A] Answer:

  • No. The program version installed is a fully functional version. Just enter the licence information provided through the menu [Tools] [Licence settings] and you will be able to continue your work. You will need to change into [Admin] mode in order to change any settings such as entering the licence, etc.


 

[Q] How long does it take to install the program - Is it complicated?

[A] Answer:

  • A typical installation should not take longer than 2 to 3 minutes. That is from the moment you clicked on the download button through launching the installation file till the first launch of the program. Installation is easy, menu driven and only a minimum user input is required. Use supplied defaults when requested and everything should work fine. Read more on download and installation - Step by step.


 

[Q] Do I need to have an external hard drive?

[A] Answer:

  • No. TMS Stein's Backup (Pro) only needs a writable target media to write a backup to. Hence it can create backups on internal hard drives, other removable media such as USB sticks, external hard drives memory, cards, etc. or network shares (mounted drives on another computer). It can also create copies and mirrors on the same drive but in another directory. However, in the interest of data security it is recommended to use a backup media which can be disconnected easily after a backup was performed. Backup drives or media should ALWAYS be disconnected if not in use. This avoids system failures or viruses to spread to your backup media.


 

[Q] Do I need more than one backup disk or media?

[A] Answer:

  • No. However it is strongly recommended to hold multiple copies of your data-sets and to use different media (e.g. USB hard disks) which should be stored at different locations as a protection from theft, fire, etc. Backups can be rotated by swapping the backup media in a rotational way.


 

[Q] May I use my computer while backups are being performed?

[A] Answer:

  • In principle yes. HOWEVER there are some reasons why this is not recommended and good practice:
    • Opened files or files currently in use by a running program may be locked and hence will not be backed up which may go unnoticed leaving you without a backup for those files.
    • Some programs rely on numerous interlinked files to present your current state of work. If certain files are missing or are not current in your backup (as locked and not copied) it may cause data inconsistency jeopardising the result of a restore (after a data loss) to the state of work before the backup.
    • A virus or other malicious code could be activated by another program and would spread to your backup media (as connected).
  • It is therefore recommended and good practice to close all running programs while backups are being performed and disconnect or remove all backup media after the backup was performed.


 

[Q] How long does it take to run a backup - Can I fit it into my daily schedule?

[A] Answer:

  • Backups are very quick and should generally only take between 2 to 8 minutes often even less and therefore can easily be fit into the daily schedule. TMS Stein's Backup compares files first and only copies those missing or those which have changed.
  • Of course the speed greatly depends on how many files need to be backed up and how often backups are being performed in respect to how many compared and how many actually copied. The hardware used also plays a role especially when larger volumes need to be backed up (e.g. speed of your hard disks and connections). Hence it may vary widely from user to user or case by case. Two real world examples below.

    • A real world example - HIGH data volume (8 minutes and 40 seconds):
      Several backup sections which are configured to cover a total of 21 780 directories (folders) with 390 079 files (a total of 289 GB) are normally being backed up on a daily basis. After a busy working day a backup is being performed which automatically compares all the files and directories for changes and then only copies the modified and new ones. After the comparison it is found that 11 directories and 87 files actually need to be backed up covering a total volume of 182 MB. The total backup process only takes 8 minutes and 40 seconds on a slow USB backup drive.

      Summary
                         Total checked     Total copied     Total time
      - DIRs 21 780 11
      - Files 390 079 87
      - Size 296 941  MB 182  MB
      - Time     8 minutes and 40 seconds

    • A real world example - LOW data volume (1 minute and 40 seconds):
      Several backup sections which are configured to cover a total of 3 627 directories (folders) with 80 419 files (a total of 132 GB) are normally being backed up on a daily basis. After a normal day, with medium Skype and email use and with some changed documents and images, a backup is being performed which automatically compares all the files and directories for changes and then only copies the modified and new ones. After the comparison it is found that 1 directory and 52 files actually need to be backed up covering a total volume of 130 MB. The total backup process only takes 1 minute and 40 seconds on a slow USB backup drive.

      Summary
                         Total checked     Total copied     Total time
      - DIRs 3 627 1
      - Files 80 419 52
      - Size 134 877  MB 130  MB
      - Time     1 minute and 40 seconds


 

[Q] How do I configure a backup. Can I do it myself?

[A] Answer:

  • Backups are configured in 'backup sections'. Each backup section is displayed in a single line in the program main window and can be named as to your preferences. A backup section covers as a minimum one directory (folder) with all its files and all its subdirectories which need to be backed up. Up to 100 sections can be configured
  • It is easy to set up a backup section and you can do it yourself (Step-by-setp) but you need to know where your working files are located on your computer.
  • If you find this to be a bit challenging you may want to get some initial support from your colleague, friend, family member or system admin to set up the first backup details. Don't be shy as asking is still better than not having a backup of your data :-) Afterwards you can take over again as performing day to day backups is very easy and straight forward!
  • The program has extensive help on how to set up backup sections. Additional information is found under How to - Configure a normal backup section.


 

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