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Your HP Media Vault is bundled with NTI DriveBackup!. NTI DriveBackup! is an easy-to-use application that lets you backup an entire disk drive or drive partition on your PC to ensure that all your data and programs are protected against disaster.

Note: You can also use DriveBackup! to restore a previous drive backup to your disk drive. For more information, see Restore a drive backup.

To create a drive backup, follow these steps:

  1. Start the software:
    1. Double-click the HP Media Vault desktop icon.
    2. Click the Backup tab.
    3. Click Back up your entire drive.
  2. In Step 1 Select Drive to Backup, from the Source drive drop-down list, select the drive you want to backup.
  3. Note the amount of used space shown in this step and make sure that your media vault has enough storage capacity for the backup.
  4. In Step 2 Select Destination for Your Backup, select where to store the backup either from the drop-down list or by browsing.
  5. In Step 3 Name Backup File, NTI DriveBackup! automatically names the backup file using the computer name, date, and time. You can rename the backup if desired. You should use a unique name to identify the backup.
  6. In Step 4 Select Options, select the desired backup options:
    • Data Compression
      Selecting this option enables NTI DriveBackup! to reduce the size of the backup.
    • Note: The size reduction depends on the kind of data being compressed. Some kinds of audio and a video files are already compressed; subsequently, further compression is negligible.
    • Backup Verification
      If you select this option, NTI DriveBackup! performs a verification step to ensure that the correct files exist on the backup.
    • Password button.
      Click Enable Password Protection, and then enter and confirm the passwords in the associated boxes.
  1. To schedule your backup for a specific time, click Schedule, otherwise go to the next step.
    1. In the Scheduler Setup dialog box, select the frequency of the backup: Once, Weekly, Monthly, or Daily.
    2. If you select Daily, you can specify the particular days of the week you want the backup to occur.
      • Click Which Days.
      • Select one or more days of the week, and then click OK.
    3. The Start at group changes according to the frequency you previously selected. Select the time for the backup as follows:
      • Once
        Select the time, month, day, and year. For example: 12:00 AM, January, 20, 2007.
      • Weekly
        Select the time and day of the week. For example: 15:15, Sunday.
      • Monthly
        Select the time and day of the month. For example: 10:30 PM, 1. Because not every month has 31 days, we suggest that you use the first day of the month for monthly backups.
      • Daily
        Select the time of day. For example: 21:33.
      • Note: To set the hour and minute of the time option, you can select each column (Hours, Minutes, and AM or PM (for the 12-hour clock format), and then either enter the time or use the Up and Down arrows.
  2. To start the backup immediately, click Start.
  3. The Create Drive Image Backup screen appears. This screen shows the details and progress of the backup process.
  4. After the backup finishes, you can do the following:
    • To view a report of the backup, click View Report.
    • To close the Create Drive Image Backup screen, click Close.

DriveBackup! Menus

The DriveBackup! menus provide additional functionality for backing up your drive or drive partition.

  • Job Menu
    Provides the following standard file capabilities: New, Open, Save, Save As, Exit.
  • Options Menu
    Sets password protection as described in Password button above.
  • Reports Menu
    Allows you to view or delete reports of all backup and restore operations. Every time a backup is created or restored, DriveBackup! creates a report file that contains information to help you to trace and diagnose problems that might occur. DriveBackup! will report all errors that have occurred in backup or restore process in these files.
    • View Backup Reports
      Opens the Backup Report dialog box where you can View or Remove reports by highlighting the report and selecting the appropriate button.
    • View Restore Reports
      Opens the Restore Report dialog box where you can View or Remove reports by highlighting the report and selecting the appropriate button.
  • Help Menu
    Provides the built-in NTI help and support.

NTI Schedule Viewer

The NTI Schedule Viewer is a backup monitoring program that you can use to delete, suspend, or resume already scheduled NTI DriveBackup! jobs.

To access the NTI Schedule Viewer:

  • Click Start, All Programs, NTI DriveBackup! 4, NTI Schedule Viewer.

All scheduled backup jobs can be viewed from the NTI Schedule Viewer window.

To delete a scheduled backup job:

  1. In the NTI Schedule Viewer window, right-click the job you wish to delete, then click the Delete job.
  2. In the confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

To suspend or resume a job:

  1. In the NTI Schedule Viewer window, right-click the backup job you wish to suspend or resume. A context window appears.
  2. Within the context window, a checkmark next to Suspend job indicates that the job is suspended. If no checkmark is visible, the job will be processed normally.
  3. Click Suspend job to suspend or resume a job.
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