Setting OneCare to backup files RRS feed

  • Question


    I have selected OneCare to backup my files onto my new external hard drive. I have saved the settings several times, but OneCare does not seem to recognize my changes. Prior to this I had selected to back up to CD and that is all OneCare will allow me to do now. I am running the trial cersion at the moment. Does that make the difference? My External Hard Drive is my E: drive.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!


    Sunday, August 24, 2008 9:40 PM


  • To change the backup destination you must select "Start a new backup".

    Monday, August 25, 2008 1:41 AM

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  • To change the backup destination you must select "Start a new backup".

    Monday, August 25, 2008 1:41 AM
  • You can also try resetting the backup plan if you are switching destinations for your backup:

    Open OneCare

    Click Change Settings

    backup tab

    Click Configure Backup

    Click change settings in the lower left

    Make sure that the first screen for Centralized Backup has "No Centralized backup" selected

    Click your PC on the left.

    Uncheck the selection for "Turn on backup for this PC."

    Click Next and save the revised plan.


    Go back to the backup tab, configure backup and click Change Settings in the lower left once again.

    Select your PC and click.

    Click Turn on backup

    Select the change location link and select the drive you want to use for backup

    Modify the schedule as desired for "When"

    Select the file types as desired for "What"

    Click next and save the revised plan with the new selection.



    Monday, August 25, 2008 5:52 PM
  • The 'bottom line' appears to be that an individual backup plan for each computer, wherein the selected folders or files differ, cannot be used with Centralized Backup.  ALL folders on each PC must be the SAME for Centralized Backup, which kinda defeats the purpose of SyncToy.  I don't want to back up the same folders on all PCs.  MS needs to fix this.

    This appears to be why problems are encountered when one changes from individual backup locations (CD/DVD) to Centralized Backup.
    Wednesday, August 27, 2008 8:39 PM
  • Not true.


    Centralized Backup simply means that the same backup destination is configured for all PCs and that location and the settings are controlled from the Hub PC. You can configure the details for each PC uniquely if you are using Centralized backup or you can choose to not use Centralized Backup as defined by OneCare and set up backup for each PC individually to any valid destination of your choosing, including a network Share that is used as the destination for all PC's backups.


    Changing backup from on destination to another is problematic because it is a reset of the plan. The backup logic differs for CD/DVD vs. a hard drive based destination. It shouldn't be a problem, but it is, which is why a total reset of the plan is a good idea when making a destination change - that, and the the fact that changing the destination means you are starting a new/full backup set and abandoning the old set.



    Thursday, August 28, 2008 3:11 PM
  • Thanks for correcting me, Steve.  When I was having difficulty configuring my backup plan, I mistakenly attributed my problem to my stated assumption.


    Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:43 PM
  • You're welcome. Backup *is* pretty flukey in its current incarnation. I am hopeful that the next version revamps it without bringing new headaches.

    In the early days of OneCare backup was nice and easy since you only had the option to use a CD/DVD and had limited control over backup. Now that we have multiple destinations possible and Cenralized backup with a hub PC, things have gotten way too complex and the interface for making changes just doesn't flow well in my opinion. And, then, there are the unexplained glitches that seem to be resolved by resetting everything, saving it, and starting over.



    Friday, August 29, 2008 12:58 PM