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5.e Back Up your CloudBox using the Dashboard

The Backup page helps the administrator and users configure Backup and Restore Jobs of data stored on the LaCie CloudBox. A backup job can be:

  • An automated backup that runs daily, weekly, or monthly.
  • A restore of all or select files from a backup.

The Backup page features a Backup & Restore Wizard to guide you through the setup. Types of backup for public and private access folders:

  • Local (Folder-to-Folder): User Folder A on a LaCie CloudBox to Family on the same LaCie CloudBox. When you back up files from one folder to another folder on the same CloudBox, the system keeps up to 10 copies of the backup job. Each iteration of a backup job has a specific date and time giving you the flexibility to restore earlier versions of files. This can be helpful if someone has deleted or made revisions to a document and you wish to revert to an earlier version.
  • Remote Network Backup (Home): A folder on the LaCie CloudBox to a folder on a second LaCie network attached storage (NAS) on your home network. For example, User Folder A on LaCie CloudBox A in your home to LaCie CloudBox B in your home.
  • Remote Network Backup (Offsite): A folder on the LaCie CloudBox to a folder on a second LaCie network attached storage (NAS) outside of your home. For example, Private Access Folder A on LaCie CloudBox A in your home to LaCie CloudBox B at a friend's home.

Important info: Your LaCie CloudBox gives you the option to move data between its volumes. However, since data is copied to the same hard drive, it is not a valid backup. If the hard drive fails, all data on all volumes will be lost. Therefore, LaCie highly recommends that users back up data to a second NAS or a hard drive connected to a computer.

Backup Examples:

Backup: To prevent data loss due to drive failure, fire, flood, or theft, you wish to back up folders on a LaCie CloudBox in your home to a LaCie CloudBox at your parents' home. You can use the Backup page to set up a remote backup to a LaCie CloudBox that is in another location (offsite).

Restore: Someone in the household accidentally deleted an important term paper from his personal folder. Thankfully, he backed up his personal folder every night onto the Family folder on the same LaCie CloudBox. Use the Backup page to begin a Restore Job to retrieve the missing document.

 

Important info: Depending upon the amount of data you intend to backup and the speed of your network, the first backup may take several hours or, in the case of offsite backups, several days.

Folders or Shares?: In general, this user manual refers to the Family folder and private access folders as folders. The public access folder and private access folders on your LaCie CloudBox may also be called shares. A share is a common networking term used to describe a particular volume, partition, or folder.

Set up a Local Backup (Folder-to-Folder)

Local

 

Set up Remote Backups

Remote backups will copy data from a folder on your LaCie CloudBox to a folder on a second network attached storage, also known as NAS. A second NAS could be another LaCie CloudBox or an alternative LaCie NAS device (see LaCie Network Storage for details). The folder that you wish to back up on your LaCie CloudBox is the Source. The second NAS is the Destination hard drive that will store the backup.

Source NAS Destination NAS Destination NAS Location Destination Folder Type of Remote Backup
LaCie CloudBox A at home LaCie CloudBox B or a third-party rsync compatible NAS (see note on rsync below) Home network Network Backup Share (see Network Backup Share) Home NAS-to-NAS
LaCie CloudBox A at home LaCie CloudBox B or a third-party rsync compatible NAS (see note on rsync below) Network outside of the home (e.g. a relative or friend's home) Network Backup Share (see Network Backup Share) Offsite NAS-to-NAS

Note on rsync: A complete explanation of the networking term rsync is beyond the scope of this user manual. For your CloudBox, rsync is used to indicate compatibility for data transfers/backups to non-LaCie (third-party) network hard drives. For more information on rsync, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rsync.

Network Backup Share

All Remote Backups from your LaCie CloudBox must be copied to a special share called Network Backup on the Destination NAS. Therefore, it is important to enable the Network Backup Share on the destination NAS before setting up a remote backup.

Enable the Network Backup Share

 

Remote Backup: Home

Set up

 

Remote Backup: Offsite

Set up

 

Restore a Local Backup

Restore and Remote Backups: Remote Backups cannot be restored using the Backup & Restore Wizard. You can retrieve backup files directly from the backup disk.

Setup

 

Modify Existing Jobs

Revise Backup and Restore Jobs

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