Setup - Backup Storage Location
Backup for Workgroups is designed to store your
backup data to disk-based media, such as an internal hard drive, an external
hard drive, and/or network attached storage. We have found that not all
disk-based media is alike and a little planning now saves you time and money as
you maintain your backup system.
What Type of Storage Should I Use?
- The optimal backup storage is an
internal hard drive.
An internal hard drive provides you with the fastest data read/write speeds
while providing the most reliable storage. When you use an internal hard
drive, the drive is always accessible. Backup for Workgroups needs to have
constant access to your backup storage in order to perform a backup. If the
drive is offline, your backups will be skipped. So this is why we recommend
using internal hard drives for your primary backup storage - you get fast
data access and it's always available.
- The second-best primary storage
solution is an external hard drive, such as a USB drive.
USB drives are slower than internal drives because of the protocol
translation that must occur; however USB drives are handy because you can
add new drives when needed and you can unplug them and take them offsite.
But before you consider using a USB drive as your primary storage, we want
you to consider using internal drives as the primary storage and the USB
drives as your mirror. Backup for Workgroups has a built-in mirroring
capability designed to automatically backup your primary storage data to a
second drive or set of drives.
- Lockstep Systems recommends using a
fixed internal hard drive as your primary storage and
a USB-based drive as a mirror copy.
This backup storage solution provides you with the best of both worlds. You
enjoy the benefit of a reliable, always available, internal hard drive and
have the option to remove the USB drive to facilitate offsite storage to
comply with disaster recovery best-practices.
What Drive Should I Select?
- Backup for Workgroups automatically
suggests that you store your backup data on the largest local hard drive.
After scanning your computer, Backup for Workgroups locates the local drive
with the most free disk space, in a folder named BFW Backup Data. We
recommend that you accept this storage default and press Next or Finish.
- Use the Advanced button to specify an
If the drive that you want to use to store the backup data does not appear
in the drive list, use the Advanced button to enter a different drive and
folder path. Please note that you cannot use a mapped network drive. You
should also not select a CD / DVD drive as your storage drive.
- Use the Network Share button to specify a
storage location accessible through network sharing.
If the drive that you want to use to store the backup data is located on a
NAS device or another computer that is accessible through standard Windows
network sharing, press the Network Share button. You will need to enter the
login credentials that you use to access the network share. Please note that
using network shares as your primary storage will slow down your backups
because of network latency overhead. And network shares will introduce
additional failure points into your backup system because network shares are
more prone to going offline and being inaccessible due to changes in access
- Use the Refresh button to initiate a
rescan of your local drives.
If the drive that you want to use to store the backup data is not attached
and accessible at this time, you can connect the drive to this computer and
then press Refresh to add this new location to the suggested drive list.